Thursday, 25 August 2016

Price Drop Promotion!

Well it's offer time here at Temple Towers (not a real place you understand but it sounds like it could be) and this weekend I'm doing a Price Drop Promotion on #Amazon this weekend.

Last time there was a Bank Holiday here in the UK I gave my novel Natalie's Getting Married away for Free!

A lot of authors try offering their books for free or dropping the price in the hopes it will entice new readers to take a chance on their books - especially if you're a relatively unknown writer. Chances are you'll all know me and know my books but there's a good chance that you only just came across this blog and you might be curious about my books.

Well if you're the latter (or maybe you have come across this blog before but have yet to pick up one of my books) then you're in luck:

From Friday 26th August until Monday 29th August
Natalie's Getting Married is reduced to just 99p on Amazon Kindle in the UK and 99c on Amazon Kindle US.

Still here?
Get over there and grab a copy slow coach!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Writing A Christmas Novel - Part 5

I was prompted to continue my 'Writing A Christmas Novel' series after seeing a string of films being shown back to back on Channel 5 (here in the UK) this weekend. Curious, since we're also going through a bit of a mini heatwave here at the moment.

The Christmas novel in question - Single By Christmas
English: Christmas-themed check mark
The process so far:

Write the book - Check
Write the blurb - Check
Book cover finalised - Check
Book sent to Beta readers - Check
Book sent to reviewers - Check
Sitting and twiddling of fingers - Check

Well the last one's not strictly true. I'm in a bit of a How Should I Market My Book dilemma. With my last novel, Natalie's Getting Married, I spent money on a one week cover reveal followed by a one week book tour. And to be perfectly honest with you I can't really tell if the tours helped to generate sales.The book didn't exactly fly off the shelves despite the number of five star reviews I got from reviewers and the great feedback from beta readers.

One positive thing I did do was make my novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend free and that encouraged sales of Natalie's Getting Married. Then when I offered Natalie's Getting Married for free it generated sales from countries other than US, UK, Australia and Canada - I actually reached readers in Spain, France and Germany!

So while I'm still contemplating the book tour route, I will be doing a price drop promo of Natalie's Getting Married in the hope that it will generate more awareness of my books and might encourage readers to look out for Single by Christmas. A bit of a long shot I know but I know the road to making my mark on the book world is going to be a very long and very hard one to negotiate with so many well established writers out there and so many new ones popping up as I write.

I am, however, reading up on lots of marketing advice and I'll have to make some decisions soon. In the meantime, I'm writing my next book (the first in a series actually) and I'll be approaching a proof reader in order to get Single by Christmas ready for publication on 1st November!