Price Promo

Price Promo

Sudden Mission CoverSudden Mission goes on sale for $0.99 today (or tonight or tomorrow, depending on when the price kicks in) on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks! This price promo is good through Wednesday morning, July 27. Again, that depends on time zones and how quickly the price change takes on the various vendors.

If you’ve held off getting started in the Spirit Missions series, now is the time to jump in. Or, if you already got one or both books, now is a good time to gift Sudden Mission to friends, relatives, or complete strangers who might like to read it.

As mentioned in earlier posts, if you read it, leave a review or rating where you got it. Reviews or ratings are very important these days and help get a book in front of more people.

Enjoy! Keep checking back for a possible promotion for Nasty Leftovers.

Keep writing.

Preparing for Relaunch

Preparing Relaunch

I’m in the middle of preparing to relaunch the e-book versions of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers as soon after May 31 as possible. I’ll relaunch the print versions shortly after, probably about mid-June.

BugBear Books is an official trade name, and I have the accounts on Amazon, iBook, Nook, and Kobo set up. The bulk of the work involves preparing the books in the various electronic formats and making sure things work as expected. I stumbled across a couple of typos I want to correct before I relaunch, as well. Odd what you encounter when you read to an audience. I want the quality as good, if not better, than we had with the previous publisher.

I hope to have Sudden Mission back online on June 1. If all works well, I should have Nasty Leftovers up a day or so later. Of course, Murphy rules and there is a lot going on that may impact the timing. As mentioned before: buying a house, selling a house, moving, and maintaining the schedule. It just never stops.

Of course, right in the middle of all this, I’ll be in Missoula for MisCon 30. Check the Events page for my schedule at that convention. I’ll have some Booktrope editions of both books available and will be signing, as per the schedule. It’ll be great to meet readers, friends, family, and other writers. I’m bringing a special book with me and plan to get an autograph from an old friend.

Stay tuned. I’ll post as I can over the next couple of weeks as things progress. I’ll also try to get a post with pics and all from MisCon. Should be fun.

Keep writing, and thanks for your support and patience.

 

On Sale

Just a heads up today. Sudden Mission ebook is on sale on Amazon this month (November) for $2.99. It is part of a promotion this month from my publisher, Booktrope and Vox Dei Publishing.

FB_wk1My book is not the only one, though. There will be a lot of Booktrope books on sale this month and you can check it out by getting on Runaway Goodness, or on Amazon. The Amazon link shows you all the books Booktrope has on the November promotion.

It’s called “Pre-Funk the Holidays.” The whole list, including Sudden Mission, is listed at this location:

(No longer valid)

Enjoy!

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and need a cheerleader, follow me on Twitter (@rapier57) and let me know you are writing.

Keep writing.

 

 

Just So You Know

I don’t pay for reviews or ratings, or encourage reviews or ratings that are not honest.

While I may know some who reviewed Sudden Mission, the reviews or ratings they provided are honest. The readers base the reviews on their own reading of the book and their own opinion of the writing and of me as a writer.

This thing with the fake Amazon book reviews is nothing new or unknown. Fake reviews are a fact of life and not just in the book area. It is an issue on iTunes, Barnes & Noble and other venues. Music, apps, games, books–every product sold online–are all subject to fake reviews. There is a pretty lucrative side business that has sprung up to support lame or bad products.

When you look at a product online and see the reviews, it is important to critically read and examine them to get a feel for the real value of the product. You can see where the fake reviews fall flat and the real reviewers come forward with experience and evaluation.

Online merchants are taking steps now to try to stop the fake reviews, finally. They will still have fake reviews, though. They cannot stop all of them. That leaves it up to you the consumer to use your critical thinking skills and weed out the bad reviewers and find the good nuggets. Do not depend on Amazon, iTunes or other online merchants to completely police the fake reviewers. It just isn’t going to happen.

So, I’ll tell you now that I will never buy or seek a fake review for any of my work. It stands or falls on its own merit. If you like it, I hope you give it a rating or honest review. If you don’t, I hope for the same thing. Feedback from the audience is important and should never be marginalized by hacks and thieves.

If I talk about a product, book, or anything else it is because I bought it, use it, read it, tried it. I buy my own books, tools, and apps and will give honest ratings and reviews on them when the situation requires it. I expect the same from fans, readers, and reviewers.

While part of marketing involves providing advanced readers copies (ARCs) of books, reviewers who read and review books from these usually state something to that effect in their review. That is the role they play in the marketing engine and is not unethical. What would be unethical is if the reviewer gave a dishonest review (positive or negative) and didn’t reveal getting an ARC.

Thank you for your kind attention today and reading this far. And if you read Sudden Mission, give it a rating or review when you get a chance. I value your feedback.

Keep writing.

 

Selling and Interviews

I was never a great salesman, and avoided jobs that involved selling. I find it hard to put myself forward and get people to buy things. And, I can be a bit too honest about something. Ask any number of former employers.

I don’t mind talking, though. So, it was fun to find out that a local college newspaper interested in interviewing me, and possibly reviewing Sudden Mission. Then I was contacted for another review, and possible remote interview.

This kind of attention is new to me. I’m a little bit of an introvert. And at this point in my life, it feels a little strange to have folks interested in interviewing me. There is a lot to talk about, though, and family and friends will tell you that, given a chance, I’ll talk. A lot.

As for the marketing effort, things seem to be going along fine and attention to Sudden Mission is building. This morning, I found the book was in the top 100 of a couple Amazon lists again, and my Amazon author ranking shot up. This was good to see. It helps boost the ego enough to keep the marketing effort going.

Then, a fellow writer posted a rating for Sudden Mission on Goodreads. It was a positive ranking and much appreciated. Any time a reader posts a review, rating, or any feedback, it helps a new or struggling writer. It doesn’t even have to be all five stars, either. Constructive feedback is always welcome.

Of course, I’ll be in Missoula in a few days to sell and sign at a Booktrope authors table. I hope to meet a lot of readers and future fans. If you are in the Missoula area, look for us on Saturday.

Keep writing.