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text 2015-09-07 20:26
The re-issue of Saving Spirit Bear is now available to pre-order

The re-issue of my novel Spirit Bear is now available for pre-order.


This was my first novel and though far from stellar it deserved better than to languish on my publisher’s website. So when the contract expired I yanked it and have re-issued it as an indie publication, both in paperback and e-book.


Will it do better? Let’s just say it can’t do worse.


I fixed a few typos, tweaked the front and back matter, designed a new cover and added the word “saving” to the title. It’s now called Saving Spirit Bear.


I began by using Amazon’s Createspace to publish the paperback version. I find this platform pretty straightforward and the turn around time remarkably quick. Unfortunately, Createspace does not have a pre-order option, so the paperback is out there and available for $7.99.


I took advantage of Kindle Matchbook, Amazon uses the same files from Createspace to publish a companion e-book on Kindle Direct Publishing. The only condition is you have to sell your e-book for $2.99 or less.


It’s too easy, really.


KDP has a pre-order option so I’m trying it out.


The book-marketing gurus tell you this is the best way to “gimmick” yourself onto the New York Times bestseller list – briefly. The deal is you promote your book in advance as a pre-order and the day the book is released those pre-orders are converted to orders all at once. That could give you a real bump in the ratings – maybe enough to make it to a bestseller list.


If you make it to that esteemed position, however briefly, you can legitimately(?) promote yourself as a bestselling author, forever, on any book you write. You’re not saying the book is a bestseller, only that at one point in time the author had a bestseller on the New York Times bestseller list – thus, a NYT bestselling author.


And saying a book is written by a New York Times bestselling author evidently sells more books.


Can this possibly work?


Only a couple of months ago my novel, The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic had two sales in one day and my author rating jumped from 2,593,668 to 173,973, a gain of 2,419,695 points.

So yes, I would imagine this gimmick can actually work.


In my quest to become a New York Times bestselling author I’ve also lowered the pre-order price to 99¢ from $2.99.


I’ve also published Saving Spirit Bear on Smashwords which allows you to set up a pre-order account without even uploading a book. The price there is also 99¢ during the pre-order period, after which the e-book will be $2.99.


From now until November 8, 2015, when the e-book edition of Saving Spirit Bear becomes available, I’ll be trying to find ways (like this blog) of letting readers know about this pre-order deal.


Here are the links to pre-order Saving Spirit Bear:


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0150PMX0Y


Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575296


Both KDP and Smashwords allow me to check to see how the pre-orders are flooding in – or not, so I’ll keep you posted.


I’d like to become a New York Times bestselling author, but I’d rather not do it manipulating sales figures and ratings. However, when I read all the excellent independent authors whose books are abandoned in the backlists of Amazon and Smashwords for no other reason than the lack of publicity I realize I have to give this a try – for them as well as myself.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.





Video book reviews of self-published authors now at

Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ


My new novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic are available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU and as e-books at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin


Read Reviews https://readersfavorite.com:book-review:39014


Visit my publisher’s website for excerpts from, and a buy link to my Eco-Fi series ECO-WARRIORS Book 3, Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients http://www.devinedestinies.com/?route=product%2Fauthor&author_id=92


Saving Spirit Bear is available at


ECO-WARRIOR Book 2, Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs is soon to be re-issued.


More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin


View my flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/


Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music






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url 2014-03-07 18:22
Authors can pay their way onto the New York Times Bestseller List?

This is an article on publisher Melville House Books website talking about how a Seattle church is now answering questions about how they paid a firm over $200,000 to get a book by their pastor on bestseller lists. Apparently this is not illegal but it really makes you think twice about the bestseller lists. The article goes into more detail (quoting World Magazine) on how the firm was able to go around safeguards put in place by the bestseller lists. So if you have $200,000 you are willing to shell out you just might get on a bestseller list too.

Source: www.mhpbooks.com/got-200000-congratulations-youre-a-bestselling-author
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