Goodreads is Great for Writers

Goodreads boasts something like ten million members, but, in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a flourishing online community for readers. It’s a bit like Facebook in the notion that you can friend people and share status updates. It also has a collection of online forums geared specifically toward reading and/or writing. It allows you to rate and review books, and it has a recommendation engine, too.

These features make it an excellent resource for readers, but it is also an amazing platform for writers. I’m still trying to get this whole marketing thing down, but I’m convinced that Goodreads has been the single biggest influence on my book sales to date. Thanks to Goodreads, somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 people have expressed specific interest in reading my book. I can’t say how many of those folks will actually read it, but that is a huge jump start above where I would have been without it. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I’ve been thinking about marketing a lot this week. A whole lot. As some of you probably know, my book, The Timekeeper’s Son, released a week ago yesterday. Because of that, I’ve been all about watching sales and trying to figure out how to make them climb. Unfortunately, I haven’t learned a whole lot in that regard. What I have learned is a bunch about what not to do. I’ve been scouring the web looking for effective marketing strategies and I’ve been diving into to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

I think I’ve learned a lot this week about the things that don’t work. I thought I’d share some of those and, this time, I’ll focus on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Timekeeper’s Son Launch was a Huge Success!

First off, I want to thank everyone who went out and downloaded my book Monday. More books were downloaded than I thought possible. By the end of the day, it reached 973 downloads, making it number eleven in the free suspense category and 351 overall. That is absolutely amazing, at least to me.

If you’re one of the folks who have gone out and downloaded it, I have one request. Please review it. Whether you love the book or not, reviews are gold to an author; they really are. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Timekeeper’s Son has Officially Launched!

Today is the day!  The Timekeeper’s Son has officially launched, both for Kindle and in paperback.  To celebrate the launch event, you can get the Kindle version for free today at Amazon.com.

Just to give you the lowdown on the paperback, there are a few ways to get it – and each has a different pricetag. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Timekeeper’s Son is Available for Kindle!

There are three days left until the official launch, but The Timekeeper’s Son can be downloaded now on Amazon.  The paperback edition will be available on Monday, September 3rd.  Or maybe on the 2nd, to tell the truth.

One thing I can say is that this week has been one heck of a ride.  I’ve been doing my best to publicize my book on Goodreads and I created a book page on Facebook.  By the way, I’d love it if you hopped out there and liked my page!  Anyway, I’ve turned into somewhat of a statistics junkie.  It’s funny how putting a book out into the world wide web can do that to you.  I’ve been glued to the stats on my giveaway (I’m up to 328 entries, woot!) and, more recently, on Amazon. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Week to Launch! – and Other Assorted Thoughts

Well, it’s official.  I am now just under one week until my book launches.  I have to say that it is crazy weird.  I’ve been thinking about writing a novel for most of my life, and now it’s about to be real.   I mean really real.  Or Real.  I’ve had the book out on Goodreads for a while now and I’ve given away quite a few copies, but it is a completely different deal now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Negative Reviews – Don’t be the Idiot

So you’ve finally finished your book and you’ve put it out there for the world to enjoy. You’re cruising along nicely, pulling in several four star reviews.  But then some fathead comes along and whacks you with one or two stars, going on about how you should go back to elementary school or some such thing.

I mean, they clearly weren’t smart enough for your book, right? I’ll bet they didn’t even really read it. They probably read the first chapter and saw one thing they didn’t like and then whammo!  One star for you.  That has to be the only logical explanation because your book is a work of art. If it were that bad, you wouldn’t have gotten so many four and five star reviews, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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