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text 2019-02-01 09:35
The Beta Earth Chronicles.

 

 

 

 

 

From now (January 31, 2019) to next Friday (February 7, 2019) you can take 25% off any print book published by BearManor Media, and that includes Wes Britton's The Blind Alien! Just use the coupon code SALE25 at checkout!

 

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/the-blind-earth-chronicles-softcover-version-by-wesley-britton

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text 2018-12-30 03:41
My Christmas Book Haul!

The holidays are not about the gifts we get, but more about our loved ones. However, I am very grateful for what I do get. It is always books, books, books when it comes to gifts, gift cards & gift money. This year it was Kindle and Audible books galore!

 

I got an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet from my husband's parents and I let him have my Kindle Oasis. You can bet I spent my gift cards & gift money on books!

 

Obviously most of the books here are catered toward me because I got Amazon gift cards and he got Playstation gift cards, but a few are ones we both wanted! (See, I can be nice!) He loves to read, but is more on the gaming side. I like gaming, too. It is nice to share hobbies!

 

A lot of these are bought "on a whim" to give them a chance because they were on sale for $.99 - $2.99 and I can not say no to sales, especially when I am using gift cards. This list shows I have a very eclectic taste in books. haha

 

Kindle:

 

The Enchantment of Jack Horner

42098050This one was actually a giveaway I won on Christmas Day, so I'm including it!

Bird Box

43313331We both wanted this one

They Both Die At The End

They Both Die at the End

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)

Jackaby #1 & The Map #1.5 (The Map was free)

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)The Map (Jackaby, #1.5)I read this as a library book and gave it a 3/5, but liked it enough to buy the ebook and continue the series. The Map is a short story following book 1.

Robin

RobinHow could I not get this?

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Free)

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Yarnsworld #1)

The Book of Ivy #1

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

Incarnate #1

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)A cover buy, but the reviews looked good...so...

The Names They Gave Us

 The Names They Gave UsSort of a cover buy, but the reviews convinced me to give it a try
Adventures in Funeral Crashing #1 (Free)

Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing, #1)Cheesy teen sluith book, but it was free and I remembered reading it on Wattpad back in the day. hahahaha I haven't looked at that place in so long.

Eragon #1

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)I got this for my husband. This is his favorite series. I have never been able to read past the first half of book 2. I want to give it another try for his sake lol

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell One we both wanted.
The Candymakers #1
The Candymakers (The Candymakers, #1)
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Diviners #1

 The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Warriors 3-book collection
Into The Wild #1
Fire and Ice #2
Forest of Secrets #3
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)Fire and Ice (Warriors, #2)Forest of Secrets (Warriors, #3)I read some of this series when I was younger and enjoyed it!

Fishtale

Fishtale 

Hunted

Hunted
 Sadie

Sadie

The Hazel Wood

 The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Legendary (Caraval #2)

Legendary (Caraval, #2)
The Name Of The Wind #1
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

 

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Audible: (AKA Audiobooks!!)

 

Stillhouse Lake #1

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Allie and Bea

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Wool

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Alien: Out of Shadows (Free Audible Original)

Zero G (Free Audible Original)

The Name of The Wind #1

Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)

Metro 2033

Husband used a free credit on this

Sadie

Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)

 

They Both Die At The End & The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue #1

Both of these were a "read & listen" deal, but I got them with a 2 for 1 credit, so they were free.

 

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

 

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Audible gave these 3 books for free as part of "start the new year right" promotion, so I did not really want them. They are motivational/New Year resolution types of books. Not saying they are bad, per say, just not something I ever read.

 

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Good Calories, Bad Calories audiobook cover art

Do Over

Do Over audiobook cover art

Finding Ultrua
Finding Ultra audiobook cover art

 

(spoiler show)

 

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text 2018-08-21 08:36
Promoting your books on discount book sites

The internet has a plethora of sites that offer free or deeply discounted e-books to members.


They get their product from authors who are enticed by the opportunity to have a promo template of their book sent free to the site’s membership in hopes that some members will download it, read and review it.


The free offer is a teaser to encourage you to pay for their enhanced list - more members and prolonged exposure.


They also offer a free author interview template. Answer the questions, add your picture and they’ll post it for free.


I discounted Local Rag to 99¢ and submitted it to the four sites listed below, taking advantage of free option only. I work hard to write and produce a decent book and I won't pay to give it away for free.

 

Like so many things that are free, and I suppose that goes for most free e-books, you get what you pay for. I didn’t see a whiff of interest.


I’ve researched a few authors who have documented how much they spent versus how much they made in sales using this approach. They claim to have broke even, but I have my doubts. I’m reminded of my friend who makes frequent trips to Las Vegas. When he wins, I hear about it. When he loses, well, he’s back talking about the time he won.


The other thing I noticed is that their book sales were not sustained. There may have been a blip, but there was not enough reviews, word of mouth, or buzz, in general, to elevate their book from self-publishing oblivion.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs

 

Discount book sites

http://discountbookman.com

http://pretty-hot.com

http://mybookplace.net

Awesomegang.com

 

My Amazon Book Page in case you want to purchase Local Rag for 99¢ until the end of August

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

 

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