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Uncle Bob’s Kindle Countdown Promotion – Part Six

Thirty-two copies sold, so far.

Yesterday I felt a little discouraged but I woke up this morning and kicked myself in the butt – which is a maneuver that all of you writers out there ought to practice regularly. Take yoga classes if you need to, in order to develop the necessary degree of flexibility.

The fact is thirty-two copies sold in three days really doesn’t need to be that much of a tragedy. That is still respectable numbers and it represents thirty-two potential Steve Vernon lifetime fans.

Writing is a long game. I’ve been at it for about forty years – from back when I used to have to save up American postage for SASE – (that’s self-addressed-stamped-envelope for all of you in the digital generation) – and it has NEVER been an easy gig.

I don’t expect it ever will be.

So – if you folks out there who are reading along take nothing from else from this blog series – take this single nugget of wisdom.

If that helped your day out one little bit why not spend a dollar – which is how much UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS will cost you if you buy it before the weekend is up.

Dang, how did this get here?

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

If that DIDN’T really help you – or if you DON’T have a dollar to spare grab this freebie right now and it won’t cost you a single cent.

The Dark and the Deep

Remember…there may come a day when your courage as a writer will fail – BUT…

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

 

Uncle Bob’s Kindle Countdown Promotion – Part Four

Way back in the beginning of 2013 I published a blog entry entitled “How Many Ways Can You Say “He said”?”

I’m beginning to feel like a follow-up article needs to be written. Something along the lines of “How Many Ways Can You Say – BUY MY BOOK?”

As a writer I don’t find it comfortable standing up here on this homemade soapbox. My ankles are getting sore, my balance is suspect and I’m pretty sure I’ve got splinters in my feet.

🙂

I know that I get easily bored by one too many BUY MY BOOK tweets on Twitter. I grow irritated by the authors on certain Facebook pages who seem to be aiming for Guinness Book status in single-handed-spam-status-updates.

Shoot, do they even call them status updates anymore?

I am SO 2012.

Still, I’ve sold twelve copies as of this morning. This campaign is only one day old. It hasn’t been a huge success – but it has definitely pushed the book towards visibility.

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Here’s where UNCLE BOB started out this morning.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#20 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian
#96 in Books > Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

For those folks who have been following along I’ve got a similar push going on for my perma-free historical-horror story IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP.

Currently IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP is sitting at this ranking.

#4,838 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#60 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
#61 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales

Today my FIVERR with Bknights kicks into action. I’ve got another similar program lined up for tomorrow. I am hoping that this will be the secret – each of these pushes going off like so many hopeful star-shell flares into the darkness.

So – let me ask you – how many ways CAN you write “Buy my Book?”

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Uncle Bob’s Kindle Countdown – Part Three

Anybody out there catch THE RETURNED on the Space Network?

Belinda and I watched the first episode tonight on our DVR. It is TOTALLY creepy and I am enjoying the fact that it is in French, with subtitles. Less banal Hollywood dialogue this way.

We’ll have to watch the second episode tomorrow night. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys intelligent creepy storytelling.

 

The Returned

As for the e-book promotion, things continue to move well.

As of tonight I have sold 10 copies of UNCLE BOB’S RED FLANNEL BIBLE CAMP – THE BOOK OF GENESIS, all on Amazon.com.

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Click this cover NOW to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

The Amazon ranking is sitting at 98,480. I’ve got another big promotional push going on tomorrow as a few other promotional websites go live – so hopefully I get this puppy airborne.

Meanwhile, I’ve given away 28 free copies of IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP, bringing the ranking up to 3,787.

26 of the 28 copies were US “sales”, only two to the UK.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

 

Uncle Bob’s Kindle Countdown – Part Two

The cool thing about having to work a day job is it forces an indie writer such as myself to actually step away from the computer for a while – so when I come back home from work I can see some ACTUAL changes in book sales.

Well, there have been some changes.

Since this morning I’ve sold six copies of UNCLE BOB’S RED FLANNEL BIBLE CAMP – THE BOOK OF GENESIS – all on Amazon.com.

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS for only 99 cents at Amazon.com

That isn’t exactly huge results – but it is a start.

Some of the promotional pages have already gone live.

BOOK GOODIES has a really fine looking page set up and you check it out just by clicking this link.

And eReaderIQ also has a good looking page.

The UK has not been kind to me at all. Perhaps redneck Bible Tales are not a good match for England’s readership – but I remain hopeful.

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS for only GBP 0.99 at Amazon.co.uk

I have seen a significant bump in my perma-free e-book IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP. I have given away EIGHTEEN copies since this morning – where as I usually only move one or two copies a day.

The Dark and the Deep

Now, some of you folks might be wondering why I am all that excited about moving FREE books. Well, this book is nothing more than a really cool dark story and it is part of a larger collection of Sea Tales – and, if someone picks this up for free and likes what they read well then there is a chance they might actually go on to buy some of the other stories in the series or even snatch up the complete collection of my Sea Tales.

SeaTalesThen too there is always a chance that one of the folks who picks up a freebie of IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP or a ninety-nine cent copy of UNCLE BOB’S RED FLANNEL BIBLE CAMP – THE BOOK OF GENESIS might like it enough to leave a really cool review over at Amazon or at Goodreads or the like.

A review helps promote an e-book’s saleability and helps bump up an author’s popularity – especially when you are talking about Amazon ranking.

I’ve spoken of this before. It’s a game of pebbles in the pond. A writer sits on the bank and chucks his pebbles one-by-one, hoping that each little splash and ripple will eventually build up into a tsunami of book sales.

At least that is the theory.

Wish me luck – and bigger pebbles.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

(PS: An hour later I’ve got eight copies sold. Not a whole lot so far but the promotion is just getting started. I am pleased that the Amazon Rating has shot up from a low, low, low 1,056,820 up to 89,496. If I can just get a little momentum and a few more sales I might break into some of those more noticeable Amazon listings and really start raking in some sales.

Meanwhile, IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP has moved 27 free copies and has climbed from a ranking of 14,084 up to 5,347.

Remember – in an Amazon ranking the lower the number the faster the book is selling.

Wish me luck.

 

Uncle Bob’s Kindle Countdown Starts Today – Part One

For those folks who have been following my blog you know that I am CONSTANTLY looking for new ways to promote my e-book sales.

I’ve been waiting a while for the right book to jump into the Kindle Countdown with and I believe that UNCLE BOB’S RED FLANNEL BIBLE CAMP – THE BOOK OF GENESIS is the one that will do the trick.

You can read a bit more about my initial promotional efforts as well as an excerpt from the book itself right here!

The thing about countdown is that it hinges upon the time you set it up for – so it is important to time your promotions wisely.

My UK promotion is now live. The book is listed at GBP 0.99 (going up to GBP 1.99 in 2 days).

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.co.uk

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.co.uk

The US listing should go live later today – I believe around noontime or so.

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB'S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

Click this cover to order UNCLE BOB’S BOOK OF GENESIS at Amazon.com

For those folks who are following my promotional efforts with professional interest you might want to know that I just signed up for a FIVERR promotion through DBS PUBLISHING.

Here’s their link.

You have to be careful dealing with FIVERR. There is a great deal of companies that are nothing more than scammers trying to pry a few fins from out of the fists of unfortunate indie authors – however, this particular service came highly recommended by the good folks of Kboards.

Here’s the link to the Kboards thread I refer to.

If you use them for one of your releases, please mention where you heard of it from.

I’d appreciate ANY sharing and tweeting and mentioning on Facebook of this Kindle Countdown promotion I have got going all week long. Heck, if you want to scribble it down on the bathroom walls at work, that might do as well.

One final word about paying for promotion. I have a couple of sources of Paypal income that trickles in every month or so and I keep that Paypal income STRICTLY for promotion. I don’t have it hooked to a bank account, so I can’t readily withdraw it, so I have to come to look upon it as virtual money and I use it to pay for my covers and my promotion. It is well and good to spend a little money to attract attention and hopefully sales to your latest promotion – but bear in mind every dollar spent ought to net you some kind of profit – so don’t blow the piggy bank on this, friends and neighbors.

Darn piggy bank will only over and smoke a cigarette afterwards without a trace of gratitude and while there is nothing wrong at all with smoked pork  it is better to aim for a profit.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon