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Book Promotions ~ Indie Authors Report Results

The hot question among indie authors is: Where can I get the best promotion results for my ebooks?

This is  the first in a series of blogs that will answer that very question.  Right here you will hear the facts and figures from the authors themselves.

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel authors gather to chat.

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#FRUGAL FRIDAY 2

NEED WAYS TO FUND YOUR BOOK’s LIFE?

A few helpful tips here.

Snipit pennies

Pennies add up to $$$. It’s Leap Year! Save all of your loose change in a jar in your kitchen for great good luck all year and beyond. Plus you won’t be broke on January 1, 2017.

If there is any single thing I have learned about indie authors over the past three years it is this: There ain’t no way to shut a complainer up beyond cutting out his or her tongue. A few of the longest running complaints:

“I can’t afford an editor. ”

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eNovel Authors Report Promotion Results ~ Part 3

Welcome again to the Cyber Porch…

where eNovel Authors at Work gather to share the ehow of book promotions

This is the 3rd in a series of reports on actual results of promotions. eNovel  authors tell you where they promoted, how much they paid, number of books downloaded and how much they earned–or not.

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel authors gather to chat.

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eNovel Authors Report Promotion Results Part V

Small Campaigns Work Just Fine

Big Red. Patience Prevails

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

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INDIE AUTHOR MYTH BUSTER

 Yes you can! PROMOTE  a book without a single review

 

      New Release Promoted w/o reviews

New Release Promoted w/o reviews

In spite of what you hear and read on author blogs, Linkedin, on Facebook pages, author forums, and chat rooms, you darn sure can promote your book without a review. How such toxic information managed to find such a poisonous and penetrating life in our indie author universe is beyond me.  I am weary of listening to it and I’d like to put it to bed. Here is the single complaint that plagues me the most:

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Indie Mystery Writer Rivals Agatha Christie

A Gourmet Demise

 A Gourmet Demise ~ Murder in South Tampa

Enthralling  is the single word  that best expresses this new mystery author’s talent. IMO  A Gourmet Demise is equal to or better than Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Christie’s most popular book is a classic. I love the Orient Express. It is my all time favorite mystery. Now, to my delight I have discovered a contemporary  mystery writer who has produced a book with all of the class and cachet of  Murder on the Orient Express.  L. A. Lewandowski is an indie author.  She  owns a dinner club in Tampa, Florida and she has her finger on the pulse that fabulous city. Moreover, the woman can write. Oh, my goodness.

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Are You Superstitious?

Jackie Weger

Superstitious Author,
Jackie Weger

I am superstitious. I can’t help it. I don’t know where it comes from. I don’t  sit on a bed after it is made to perfection and I have heart failure if any visitor to my home does. Pull the covers down first if you need to nap. That’s fine.  Okay.  So now I’m a writer. I need good luck along with craft and a few good author pals. I have a keeper who likes to nap. And I have cats for the first time in my life. Cats are no respecters of superstition. I don’t make the bed up any more. There is good luck, bad luck and no luck. Not making up my bed guarantees NO LUCK.  I’m good with it.  The cats are good with it and my keeper is good with it–or maybe not, but I didn’t ask his opinion.

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Amazon unleashes new subscription program: Kindle Unlimited

Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

Unleashed July 18, 2014 on all indie authors published in KDP Select on Amazon and Amazon readers, too,  Kindle Unlimited is a new subscription service. $9.99 a month. Readers can download unlimited titles for $9.99 as opposed to Amazon Prime that allows only a single title borrow per month. Critical to authors–in order to get paid a portion of the global fund $ set aside in KOLL, a reader must read at least 10% of the book.  Subscribers to  Amazon Prime need only to ‘borrow’ the title for the author to get a royalty. No reading required. Indie authors across the internet and in blogs and forums are looking askance at Kindle Unlimited and wondering what the heck it means. Asking how they’ll get paid for the download–if ever.

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A Hallelujah! Moment in a Writer’s Life

 

Or sometimes it can just be the way the mop flops…

 

Franklin E. WalesThere is an empyreal quality in life called happenstance. Some call it kismet. Nietzsche called it amor fati.  I’m from the South. If something awful happens and we can’t do anything about it, we just say, ‘that’s the way the mop flops.’ If something good happens, we say, ‘Praise the Lord’ or ‘Hallelujah!’

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Eye of the Beholder

jw_cover_finalsWhen widowed junkyard owner G. G. Morgan scoops up the pitted and rusted bumper of an old truck,  he didn’t know his life was about to change; that a skinny, conniving  girl would abhor his junk but covet his land, his house, and his heart.  But G. G. Morgan is about the find these things out–the hard way–because Phoebe Hawley is on a quest  to find her family a home.  She squats in his kitchen like an old-time land grabber and refuses to budge until her family is sheltered under his roof, fed from his table, and clothed in his love.

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