E-book Necktie Party

The moment I get out of this thing I am going to shred your eyeballs and have them for lunch.

The moment I get out of this thing I am going to shred your eyeballs and have them for lunch.

December is NATIONAL TIE MONTH.

You can blame it on Croatia.

Back in the early seventeenth century, Croatian military men sported fancy neckerchiefs about their neck – the color of which signified a man’s rank in the army – which subsequently lead to the hanging of poor Juan Seguara who had inadvertently neglected to salute his general.

All right – so I WENT looking for a photo of a hanging – but this is WAY cooler. I don’t know what you would use these for – but I want a set!

Which subsequently lead to the discovery of color-blindness – or as it use to be known as – a case of the old Juan-Seguaro-itis.

Of course, some folks would hang the blame on old Shih Huang Ti, China’s first emperor back in 221 B.C. – the fellow who became famous as the world’s hoarder of terracotta figurines – and I’m not talking Royal Doulton here!

Nice tie, buddy!

Nice tie, buddy!

Now – if you were to release an e-book this month – say some sort of mystery called THE CASE OF THE TERRACOTTA CAT’S CRAVAT – well then you might do really well – just because you were releasing during National Necktie Month.

Now you might actually have KNOWN that it was National Necktie Month – but you also might just be laboring under a severe case of pure dumb luck.

🙂

In either situation – you REALLY ought to learn how to tie a tie.


So let me tell you how my weekend promotion has fared so far.

First off – you folks who have been following my blog might already know that my Bigfoot novel, BIG HAIRY DEAL, has been available as a freebie giveaway since Thursday.

Don't forget to grab a free copy of BIG HAIRY DEAL!!!

Don’t forget to grab a free copy of BIG HAIRY DEAL!!!

On Thursday I gave away 260 free copies of BIG HAIRY DEAL. Friday was 183 free copies – or 443 in total. Saturday slowed down to 57 freebies – bringing it to an even 500 free copies. Yesterday was 42 free copies and I have given away 3 this morning.

This is my last free giveaway of BIG HAIRY DEAL. As of December 29th the book will no longer be a part of the Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited program. The time has run out and I have chosen not to re-enter this program on the grounds that my Kobo sales STILL make me more money.

I haven’t given up totally on Kindle – because there is still an AWFUL lot of money to made through Amazon sales -but Jeff Bezos has not seen fit to smile on me just yet.

I’ll keep figuring and trying new approaches – but for now I need to get this book into Kobo. So come early January this book will be out on Kobo.

I have also quietly launched two other freebie promotions.

My redneck noir novella, HAMMURABI ROAD is available as a freebie for today and tomorrow. By early next week this book will be out of the Kindle Select and back up on Kobo.

I moved 280 freebie copies of HAMMURABI ROAD yesterday and 17 today, so far.

Please grab a copy of HAMMURABI ROAD for FREE on Amazon.com!

Please grab a copy of HAMMURABI ROAD for FREE on Amazon.com!

My short novel, TROLLING LURES, which pits the Trickster Coyote up against an honest-to-Odin Norse Troll is also available for free on Kindle and will be back up on Kobo by the second week of December.

Please feel free to grab a freebie Kindle copy of TROLLING LURES while you are at it.

Please feel free to grab a freebie Kindle copy of TROLLING LURES while you are at it.

I moved 66 freebie copies of Trolling Lures yesterday and 1 copy today, so far.

In total these last few days I have moved 918 freebie copies on Kindle – and throughout the entire weekend I have learned ONE important fact.

In order to sell more books an indie writer needs GREAT COVERS, GOOD PROMOTION, WORD OF MOUTH, and a tinfoil hat.

That’s right. There is ALWAYS going to be that certain undefinable element of pure random dumb luck

Maybe I should have worn a necktie.


Come tomorrow I will tell you all about my new plan of action.

I might even wear a necktie while I am at it.

🙂

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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2 responses to “E-book Necktie Party

  1. How does a kitty with a tie not get more comments?

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