Promotion

Free Promotion!

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I am running a quick promotion on Amazon and “Contact” will be absolutely free of charge through Saturday 9/24!  Hit the link below and pick it up before the price goes back up.

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I only ask that if you enjoyed it, please add a quick review with your thoughts on Amazon or Goodreads.

Get “Contact” for free here.

Thanks, and have a nice day!

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Exciting News about “47 Seconds”

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I am beyond excited to announce that TANSTAAFL Press has accepted my short story “47 Seconds” for their “Enter the Apocalypse” trilogy of anthologies!

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Here is more information about the series from TANSTAAFL Press:

The first book in the anthology series will be Enter the Apocalypse. This will be devoted to apocalypses just starting.

The second book in the series will be “Enter the Aftermath.” This will be devoted to the height or burnout of an apocalypse.

The final book in this series will be “Enter the Rebirth.” What is the new normal after the apocalypse is over.

Looks like a very interesting series and I am intrigued to see how “47 Seconds” fits in.

At its core it is a story about the value of time in the extreme setting of the apocalypse. Apocalyptic fiction often deals with the lack of resources like food, energy, water, medicine, and/or security. These are all things that we take for granted today. The idea behind “47 Seconds” was to take something we value today, something we constantly want more of, but that is truly finite, and consider it in the same way. So what if you only had 47 seconds to save everyone that you loved? Could you do it?

So there it is, “47 Seconds” will appear in the third installment “Enter the Rebirth”, due out next summer from TANSTAAFL Press.

For more information about the series hit up their website:

http://tanstaaflpress.com/excerpts/enter-the-apocalypse-excerpt/.

I am sure there will be more information as we get closer to publication, so stay tuned!

 

Please Stand By – Announcement coming Soon

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I have some news to share soon about “47 Seconds”, a Short story I wrote about the value of the time in the Apocalypse.  (It also has really cool robots!)

 

Stay Tuned!

Updates on Amazon Distribution

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Well, I finally went and did it.  I know, “Why!?” you cry out.  Well it was time.

And really, I just wanted to see what would happen…

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Connect, The Mason Chronicles Part II is now enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program.  While this program is not without some controversy in the publishing world, I did it anyway.  Mainly because we are not talking about large sums of money here.  I have said it before but I ain’t in it for the money.  While KDP Select may lower the ceiling of $$$ I could earn on the book, it opens up a lot of advertising and promotional opportunities as far as Amazon goes.  Also it puts the book in the Kindle Unlimited Library, which can also bring more eyes to the book.

The only other thing that would help more than this would have been more reviews.  For now Connect only has 1 review on Amazon, and while it is a good review, there needs to be a lot more to move it up in the lists and search algorithms.  So if you did read Connect, please, I beg you, go and give it a review, even if only a brief one.  It helps more than anything else at this stage.

Lastly as part of this update both Connect and Contact will be Free on Amazon starting tomorrow, Thursday February 4th and through Sunday February 7th.  So if you haven’t read either, now is a great time to grab them.  Or rather tomorrow will be…er unless you are reading this tomorrow, which would be today…Unless you are reading this while crossing the International date line in which case you are clearly from the future and already read part 3 so no Spoilers!  Seriously, who doesn’t hate Time Travelers?

On Self Promotion…Advice from a Master

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Over on Engadget, Veronica Belmot enlisted John Scalzi to answer a reader’s question about how to Promote your work.  The Question was:

#DearVeronica ,In this tech age, how should a novice novelist make an impression and promote his book to grab attention of a lot of people?
— Rajat Joshi (@MrRajatJoshi) August 14, 2015

Mr. Scalzi essentially says that aside from writing a great novel that people want to read, you have to be yourself and not just focus on promotion.  If people find you interesting then they will more than likely look to see what it is that you are promoting. From there it comes down the product, nor novel itself.  The Promotion did it’s job and got eyes on your book, and it’s up to the merits of the book to go from there. Conversely if all you do is push your wares then your audience is probably going to hit the mute button in whatever form that takes.  Great advice I think especially since I know I have been guilty of the “Promote! Promote! Promote!” method.

Social media is an amazing tool for self promotion, but not all of us handle it well.  I know I don’t always do good work with it.  I’ll have to take this advice to heart and see where it goes.

So if you’re trying to Promote something yourself, do think this is good advice? What methods have worked for you and what have not?

On Being Free

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Han was definitely in it for the money. At least at the start.  And why not?  That worked out well for him.  But I am not here to Channel my Inner Han Solo today.

Today I am saying that I am NOT in it for the money.  Mostly because of the wonderful overlords who continue to pay me well, for what I don’t even know, in my day job.

So I am making my work free on Smashwords going forward.  That means that it should also end up being free on Smashwords distribution channels including iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and a lot more.

I can’t do this on Amazon as it’s not allowed, but if you complain to Amazon they will price match if they get enough grief.

So why go free?  Well unlike Mr. Solo, I did not start off trying to make money with my writing.  Probably helps that I don’t have a price on my head and all, so it’s really not an apples to apples comparison.  I wanted to get back to writing, which I have done for most of life, including a handwritten book scribbled on loose leaf that came in around 300 pages that I wrote in 7th grade.  From there I wanted to share what I was doing with some of my knuckleheaded friends and then well, why not include the rest of the human race (at least those with internet access and an e reader)?

So there it is, Contact and Connect are now as free as I can make them.  If you want a copy and can’t figure out Smashwords feel free to leave me an note in the comments and I will work it out with you.

On Being First

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First place.

First prize.

“First!” posted in the first comment of any comment section of the interwebs.

When is being first, not a good thing?

“Contact” got some great reviews.  Even from people who don’t owe me money, or that I have duct tapped to a chair in a old well.  (‘It puts the review in the basket’)

So what’s up dear readers?

Who’s going to be first?