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review 2017-07-19 00:00
Get Your Book Selling: Jumpstart Your Sales With a Simple Plan That Just Works (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #7)
Get Your Book Selling: Jumpstart Your Sales With a Simple Plan That Just Works (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #7) - Monica Leonelle This feels a bit like a companion book to [b:Prosperous Creation: Make Art and Make Money at the Same Time|33670474|Prosperous Creation Make Art and Make Money at the Same Time (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #5)|Monica Leonelle|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1483320662s/33670474.jpg|54542108]. It went a little deeper into understanding the tactics you can take to sell your books.

My biggest problem with the book was that I didn't really find any tactic that really resonated with me. I've latched onto one, I think, and I plan to look at my current endeavors and see if I can work them into that tactic.

The other thing I found confusing was the author's use of the term "sales funnel". I've seen it used before, but wasn't sure until nearly the end what she meant by it (as opposed to what I've gathered from other sources).

Overall, though, it's a great eye-opener to get you thinking about selling differently (it's not a specific, one-size-fits-all blueprint so much as a mindset and digging deep kind of thing).

So if you're looking for specifics, you might be disappointed by this book, but if you're ready to figure out something that works for you, your books, your budget, and your personality, then you'll likely get something worthwhile from Get Your Book Selling.
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text 2016-12-12 21:09
Henery Press Year End Sale - $5 Paperbacks
Board Stiff - Kendel Lynn
Swan Dive (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery) (Volume 3) - Kendel Lynn
The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien
Writes of Passage - Margaret Maron,Laurie R. King,Hank Phillippi Ryan
Deadly Assets (An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 2) - Wendy Tyson
Dying Brand - Wendy Tyson
Guaranteed to Bleed - Julie Mulhern
From The Sideline (The Wake-Up Series) (Volume 2) - Amy Avanzino
Scheduled to Die (A Carter Mays Mystery #2) - Alan Cupp

This came through my email yesterday and I thought I'd pass it along to my USA friends who might be interested.  Henery Press produces some great cozy mysteries.  Of this batch I can recommend highly Board Stiff - Kendel LynnSwan Dive - Kendel Lynn    and The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn.  


From the email:

Pick up these eleven titles in trade paperback for only $5 each on Club Hen House. Use promo code YEAR END from now until December 31. Hurry before time runs out! Click HERE to shop.
Hope your holidays are merry and bright!
(The 11th book is:) 
When Lies Crumble (A Carter Mays Mystery Book 1) - Alan Cupp 
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text 2016-04-11 09:54
Chasing the elusive book review

My first novel was published six years ago followed by five more with the most current one, Abandoned Dreams, released in March, 2016.


Over that period of time I've had a total of about thirty reviews - that's for all books combined, non-duplicated. They've appeared and can actually be read on:


Amazon   http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

Goodreads   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4603345.Rod_Raglin

LibraryThing  https://www.librarything.com/search.php?search=rod+raglin


I've had a few other reviews on personal blogs, and there may even be more out there I'm not aware of.


I confess I actually paid for three, but never again. Despite the assurances from paid for review sites that the fee does not guarantee a positive review I can't reconcile this practice with my own conscience.


So how does an indie author get honest reviews since reviews apparently sell books?


I say apparently because I don't know otherwise. My experience has been a few reviews equal a few sales. Would a whole bunch of reviews translate into a whole bunch of sales? I can't say for sure because...well, you figure it out.


As a journalist I was trained to not to assume anything and take nothing for granted. I strongly urge other indie authors to do the same. As far as unsubstantiated and exaggerated claims the charlatans in the writing/publishing industry rank right up there with those affiliated with miracle cures and get rich internet scams.


But I digress. How does an indie author get honest reviews?


I've tried book giveways on sites like Booklikes http://booklikes.com/  LibraryThing, Goodreads and StoryCartel. I've sent hundreds of free e-books attached to personalized e-mails. I keep an up-to-date website, tweet everyday and even blog, as you are no doubt aware, though I have yet to establish any link between the last three "soft sells" and book sales, unless after reading this you decide to buy one of my books and post a review (let me know if you do).


Media reviews or other established review outlets like Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal seem reluctant to review your book unless it's successful (go figure) or at least traditionally published.


In desperation I checked out a site called The Indie View http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/


If you're inclined to read and subsequently write reviews of the work of independent authors you're invited to add your name to their list, which is quite substantial.


If you're an author and fishing for reviews the site provides your with the name of the reviewer, their website, their preferences, guidelines, where they post their reviews and the date this information was last refreshed.


Keeping all this in mind I sent about a dozen review requests with an e-book of Abandoned Dreams a little over two weeks ago. So far nothing.


However, here are some interesting things I discovered.


A least twenty-five percent of the reviewers listed are closed for reviews due to a backlog. I take that as not a good sign.


Quite a few reviewers state they will not post a review of a work they cannot rate as at least three stars. I imagine they do this out of consideration, however misguided, thinking a bad review can pull down an author's average rating.


Depending on why you write, you may be of the opinion, as I am, there is no such thing as a bad review. First and foremost I want to become a better writer - money and fame, well, I'll accept those too - if you insist. Critical reviews, especially those that are specific, point out where I've let the reader down and allow me to consider how to improve in those areas.


If you're in this game for ego, if you some how think you can fool all the readers all the time than I can understand that a bad review really sucks.


But not for me.


If someone hated my book, well, that's okay. I'm just glad they read it and took the time to review it.


Stay Calm, Be Brave, Watch for the Signs.





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text 2016-03-24 21:26
Because They Were on Sale (My Excuse, As Usual)
The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories - Robert Poole,Robert Poole
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America - David von Drehle
Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair ... Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Sword Fights, Book Burnings, Assorted Kings, Seditious Verse, and the Birth of the Modern World - David Bodanis
Devil at My Heels - Louis Zamperini,David Rensin
A People's History of Quebec - Jacques Lacoursiere,Robin Philpot
Neither here nor there: Travels in Europe - Bill Bryson
The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery - Rick Beyer,Elizabeth Sayles
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - Anita Anand
Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley circle - Janet Todd
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation - Blake J. Harris

Sale on Amazon US of course - sorry anyone who doesn't get those prices due to border annoyances. And since these are from the past three weeks, some might no longer be on sale - the Lancashire Witches isn't, sorry, I would add that first!


Usually I'd copy/paste the names into the text area but I am feeling SO lazy (not to mention currently having little free time, sigh) that I'm just gonna whap them into the "add book" area.


Also I totally realize I was only recently grumbling about having to remove unread books to free up ereader space so yes, here we go, I again add to my problem. Heh, such fun that no one can actually see how many TBR are on my virtual shelf! Er, unless I share them in here of course.


Hmm, only just now realized that I bought two military themed books and military history usually isn't my thing. Both were recommended to me by others though, so there's that.

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text 2016-01-11 20:21
Book Sale!
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle
Shooting Scars - Karina Halle
Bold Tricks - Karina Halle

Karina Halle's The Artist Trilogy is currently on sale for $0.99 each.  That's a steal for these romantic suspense books! If you haven't been introduced to Javier (and Ellie & Camden), here is your chance. 



http://amzn.com/B00CWKL12M  ---- Sins and Needles

http://amzn.com/B00DG8ZY7W ----- Shooting Scars

http://amzn.com/B00DG8ZYA4 ----- Bold Tricks




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