Monthly Archives: January 2018

How I sold 1,000 books over the holidays #marketing #bestseller

Wow. These are the kinds of e-book sales that I dream of…

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Here is my promised share of how I sold 1000 books and became a bestseller (in Canada and Australia, at any rate) over the 10 days of the Christmas/New Year holiday. Settle in, folks, this is going to be a long post.

First up, what I did was nothing ground breaking, just plain old advertising and spreading the word.

For a bit of background, the book I promoted was THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in my Epic Fantasy series (only 2 books out so far, 3rd one is underway).

I know it can sell in quantity – when it came out, it was an Amazon Top 100 Hot New Release, selling 1500 copies in the first 6 weeks. That was back in 2013. I’ve written and released several other books since then, including its sequel, THE PRINCE’S SON.

I haven’t promoted TPM in over 12 months, and sales had…

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Hidden worlds: The Stoke Newington Nursery Vanishing

There is a story here. I mean to find it someday. For now, just give this haunting little bit of history a good long read.

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Halfway along Stoke Newington Church Street is a rift. A lost world of leaf, iron and stone; a crouching, brooding interruption in the row of high-end bakeries, fashionable cafes and designer home-ware shops:

Abney Park Cemetery.

One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries built when Victorian London was too full of the dead, Abney Park’s garden element has, over the years, assumed feral dominion over the dwindling numbers of burials. And the graveyard’s dark, knotted pathways and strange, ivy-ridden desire lines have come to acquire a reputation for danger.

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Recent council ‘clean-up’ operations have tried to address this. But, when it comes to the advanced woodland ecology, at least, the authorities are fighting a losing battle.

Beneath the wild-turned trees that spread in every direction from the ruined chapel at the cemetery’s heart, worried by creepers, slowly crushed by roots, lie forgotten numbers of graves.

One of them, maybe, belongs to…

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Getting More Instafreebie Downloads

Some great tips here, folks.

Joynell Schultz

Instafreebie is one platform authors use to distribute free stories to readers. A bonus to using Instafreebe is they have author group giveaways with a purpose of growing your newsletter. (Readers get a free book if they sign up for your newsletter.)

I had been struggling with this a little, as I only had short stories that I could give away free. All my novels and novellas are enrolled exclusively with Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. In addition, I don’t have the budget for a fancy designer cover for a free giveaway, so I make my own.

Both these issues (average covers and shorter stories) resulted in less downloads than the other authors in the group giveaways. This was fine, as I continued to grow my mailing list, but made growth slow and I questioned the cost-effectiveness of this method.

Well, I found the secret for me to have

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HOW TO LAND FOUR BUCKS WHEN FISHING

Okay – so I came across this blog entry while researching a story about a lake monster in Cranberry Lake and the pictures and story were just too good to let go of.

Talk about your catch and release…

Cape Breton News

(Pictures courtesy of Dianne Peddle )

Happy Ending The best day of fishin’ ever!!! 
I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats but. . . . . .
4 had to be the daily limit I’m sure

Four Young Bucks exhausted head for the Safety of The Boat

Four young Sitka  black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday
as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage,
Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre’s 62-foot charter vessel. 
Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat.

 

Aboard they Relaxed

Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat,
looking directly at the humans on board.  Clearly, the bucks were distressed.  With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild

animals came willingly onto the boat.  Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

Once Aboard they Collapsed

Here the rescued bucks rest on…

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