Now Live – Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1), until March 08

My Kindle Countdown Deal is now live from 12:00AM March 01 to 12:00AM March 08 (GMT & PST). Pick up your ebook edition of The Future King: Logres on Kindle now for £0.99 and $0.99!

This deal runs for 7 days and is available to Amazon UK & US customers only. Just follow the relevant link to purchase your discounted ebook before time runs out!

(UK) Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1)
(US) Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1)

Enjoy!

Now Live – Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1), until Dec 12

My Kindle Countdown Deal is now live from 12:00AM December 05 to 12:00AM December 12 (GMT & PST). Pick up your ebook edition of The Future King: Logres on Kindle now for £0.99 and $0.99!

This deal runs for 7 days is available to Amazon UK & US customers only. Just follow the relevant link to purchase your discounted ebook before time runs out!

(UK) Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1)
(US) Kindle Countdown Deal (The Future King, #1)

Enjoy!

10 things I have learned whilst promoting my novel

  1. Advertising works, even when you are not getting clicks. Spend sixty dollars on a Goodreads campaign and play with the text every now and then to test the traction. Link straight to your retailer page – you want people be directed to where they can buy your book. If they click, the fund goes down. If they don’t, they’re seeing the cover of your novel, even if they’re  not directly looking at it. Thousands of people will see your book advertisement each month. Never underestimate the power of the familiar subconscious.
  2. Get on Goodreads. Without Goodreads my novel would be sitting sadly on Amazon, all alone, with two or three reviews. Granted, it only has six now but lots of people are seeing it through my regular giveaways and over 1,400 people have added it to their ‘to read’ list. That means something, right?
  3. With reference to the above, run regular giveaways. Just list one copy of your book, make the eligibility worldwide and let it run for a couple of months. Then when a winner is chosen put the next one up. It’s not exactly free advertising but it’s pretty cheap advertising – your book is being continuously advertised in the giveaway section. People’s friends will see when they enter thus spreading the word.
  4. Tweet! I do not Tweet nearly enough, but I try. If you’re doing giveaways or Kindle Countdown Deals let the users of social media know. Make a Facebook event, mention it in blogs, email group organisers on Goodreads and (responsibly) ‘spam’ the relevant folders in the forums. Just let readers know what’s happening, when; and share your excitement about your book as often as you can.
  5. It seems to be the thing for authors to follow five thousand people on Twitter in order to get five thousand people to follow them back. Except at some point they start to unfollow those five thousand people to make themselves look established. If they’re all doing it, it probably works, but it’s entirely false. Mostly they’re all just DMing each other asking one another to read their currently free book (yes, I know they’re probably selling more novels than me).
  6. Time is money, money is time. Do you have the money to splurge £500 on your latest advertising campaign? Can you pay for verified reviews from top reviewing/endorsement agencies? No? Do you have 36 hours a day to make the posters and find the reviewers/endorsers yourself? No? Do you have the money to get someone else to do it all for you instead?
  7. Promotion is time consuming and time spent not writing, but it works. 17 ratings on Goodreads may seem a low amount to most authors (shh, I’m going somewhere with this), but there are plenty of self-published (and agency-published) books out there that go their whole first year without. one. single. review. Oh, the horror.
  8. Visual aids help even the most learned of readers. Have a promotion? Then declare: FREE EBOOK! Now let’s try something more visual:

    FREE EBOOK!

    Slightly more eye-catching? no?

  9. Free ebook giveaways are better than discounted ebook sales. Whilst this is true for unknown authors like myself, someone like J. K. Rowling would probably benefit more from a discounted ebook giveaway bonanza. When I ran my Kindle Countdown deal with a discount on my novel, I achieved a grand total of 3 downloads. Better than none, obviously, and those people are probably more likely to leave a review. When I ran the free equivalent I got over 500 downloads. Have any of those people read my novel yet? There’s no way to tell. But it got me in the top five of the Arthurian books category for a couple of days at least (side note: Harry Potter is NOT ARTHURIAN!).
  10. Try to keep up with your social media appearances. Homely images of your novel next to coffee on Instagram will draw attention, or pen a declaration of how actively you are living the life of a writer. Share something like: New ideas for new scenes today. Writing from the heart, with a picture of you gazing out of a coffeeshop window. I haven’t tried it yet, but I see other people posting such stuff on Instagram and they get more likes than me, so they must be doing something right.

FREE ebook giveaway!

To mark the release of The Future King: Logres on Kindle, I am running a promotion for a FREE ebook giveaway.

This promotion is available to everyone and is live for 5 days, running from Saturday the 2nd of January 2016 (Midnight Pacific Time) to Wednesday the 6th of January 2016 (Midnight Pacific Time).

To find the promotion click here during the times and dates specified. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber then you can pick up your copy already!

Do share this giveaway with everyone and anyone you think might be interested, and please leave a review for The Future King: Logres on Amazon or Goodreads once you’ve read your free copy!

I hope you enjoy The Future King: Logres, the first book in the Future King series. The page for the promotion can be found on Goodreads, so RSPV if you’re a Goodreads member!

Thank you for your support and have a Happy New Year!