Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Magic of BookBub - Help for Obtaining a BookBub Featured Deal

It matters not whether you are an indie author or a legacy published author. Show me an author who doesn't what his or her book to land a Featured Deal on BookBub and I'll show someone who is either afraid of success or hates having readers discover their book.

As I type this post, BookBub has over seven million subscribers on its list. Seven million avid readers who want to buy books, discover new authors, and reunite with old favorites. Authors can go from un known to being able to quit their day job, or so the legends surrounding BookBub say.

There is just one small problem.

Getting selected for that coveted Featured Deal.

Nobody is quite sure how the mysterious process works and BookBub is somewhat vague about how the books that make the cut are selected. I suppose I can't blame them.

The service doesn't come cheap. But authors almost always earn out their investment and experience an increase in the sales of their entire series as well as a boost in KENP reads. How many marketing and advertising methods consistently produce similar results?

Having spent time and money trying to figure out this process called book marketing, I can tell you first hand the list is a short one. If you figure out AMS or FB ads, those two companies will change their algorhtym and you are right back where you started and usually out a good bit of money before you realize the change has taken place.

Peter Ralph has spent a lot of time studying the phenomenon that is BookBub. He shares what he has learned in his book The Magic of BookBub: Breaking Down the Wall to Winning a Featured Deal. 

My review is short and to the point. It was money well spent. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Create Space is Being Merged Into Kindle Direct Publishing

I saw this coming when CreateSpace announced it was discontinuing editing, design, and marketing services to its customers. Soon afterwards Kindle Direct Publishing began offering POD services. I didn't switch at the time as some authors did. I wanted to see how KDP worked the kinks out first.

Last month I received an e-mail informing me I needed to move my CreateSpace books over to KDP. Amazon made the decision for me. It wasn't a particularly difficult process though one or two of my 30 some odd titles have issues I'm still trying to get worked out as a result of the move. Fortunately, these titles only sell a few copies a year. I'd feel differently about the switch to KDP if it was one of my best selling books.

All of the create on demand services CreateSpace offered, POD for books, on demand for CDs and DVDs, is still available through other Amazon owned services.

The one change I do NOT like is I will now have to wait 60 days instead of 30 days to be paid for my POD sales. I really liked that feature of CreateSpace. 

It was inevitable and given the fact Amazon is focused on scale and streamlining to be more profitable, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.

It was a good run while it lasted.

Available for Pre-Order: An Innocent Man

The fourth novel in my Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, An Innocent Man, is available for pre-order now on Amazon. It will become available November 9th, 2018.

500 years in the future, technology has changed. Humanity has not.

One man’s fate lies in the hands of a team of corrupt prosecutors bent on making their prosecutorial mark for personal gain. Standing in the path of injustice is Inspector Thomas Sullivan and an acquaintance from the past.

Murder, political corruption, greed, and scandal combine for danger in Capital City on the frozen world of Beta Prime. At stake is a man’s life, the very souls of others, and the integrity of the entire Planetary Alliance’s justice system.

Join Sully and his team as they try to free An Innocent Man!

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Fractured Man is now available!

The first of two prequels planned for the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, The Fractured Man is now available from Amazon and other online retailers!

In the future, as humanity spreads throughout the galaxy, the ideals of justice for all, integrity, and honesty are nothing more than outdated concepts to many who have benefited as members of the wealthy, elitist ruling class.

To the incorruptible lawman, Thomas Sullivan, these ideals are all he has left to cling to. Betrayed by those he respected and admired, the very institutions he served, Sullivan has paid a heavy price. The loss of his mentor, friend, and woman he loved are just the beginning.

In a shadowy future, where the dark ideals of greed, lust for power, and a sense of entitlement govern the choices of many, there are those who still stand for justice. Men like Thomas Sullivan.

With little more than a job he loves, Sullivan struggles to find his way in a universe that increasingly seems to have no place for him. Damaged by the events of his life and in conflict with himself, Thomas Sullivan is The Fractured Man.

Fans of classic crime noir stories and science fiction will love the cross-genre novella The Fractured Man. Mostly human and part cyborg, Thomas Sullivan is a classic noir lawman, tortured by his past and faced with an uncertain future. Betrayal, corruption, and murder await his every turn.

Also available on Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo.