Sarah Potter Writes.

DesiccationSarah Potter, author of the wonderfully weird and quirky ‘Desiccation,’ a science fiction novel billed as a ‘young adult crossover fantasy,’ has kindly afforded me a guest storyteller spot on her blog this month.

Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I can reciprocate, for if her book is anything to go by, a chat with Sarah is likely to be very entertaining indeed.

99 cents book promotion in the USA!

Amazon.com bannerHere’s one for all readers of this blog in the USA, or who have access to buy goods from Amazon.com:

Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ will be on a Kindle Countdown deal from Wednesday March 23rd until Saturday, 26th.

The price will be reduced to only 99 cents throughout this period, before returning to the original, $2.83. That’s a reduction of almost 67% if my arithmetic’s correct.

If this were Walmart, there’d be massive advertising hoardings in the car park and along every aisle in the store.

Bramble.

Bramble.

But it’s not. It’s just a wee blog, written by a wee bloke, in a wee country, who uses the word ‘wee’ in a different context in the book’s title.

So, if anyone can help spread the word to dog / pet lovers and dog walkers in the USA  by means of social media, or even personal interaction (remember those days?) then I’m on the beers.

Thanks.

Cee Tee

 

Five Star Weekend

How To SellAll Indie authors very quickly realise that promotion of their book is every bit as hard, if not harder, than writing the damn thing in the first place. Most would likely also acknowledge that marketing their work is more tedious and frustrating than the dreaded editing process.

It’s also alien to many of us to bum on about how good our book is. We view that as being ‘cocky,’ and certainly where I come from, bragging is viewed as a social ‘no no.’

But although the temptation is to cross our fingers and hope for the best, whilst concentrating on writing our new book, promotion and marketing is unfortunately  a necessary evil.

So, please forgive me. I’m not bragging. I’m simply ‘promoting’: this weekend saw another two 5/5 reviews of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’   Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee - final - thumbnail

The first comes from science fiction / fantasy author, Sarah Potter,and appears on both her excellent blog and on the Goodreads website. Coming from a more experienced writer, this means a lot!

The second review appears on the U.S. Amazon.com website and has been written by V. Demaine. Amazon.com logo -500

5.0 out of 5 stars It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant

By V Demaine on February 27, 2016

Format: Paperback

An absolute must for all pet owners and animal lovers.

What a gem this is. It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant. You can really tell that the author has a love of animals and truly cares about his work. I love stories based on real life situations and this book gives an insight into the complexities of what at first seems a straightforward job.I must say I admire the way this man has made a successful career change, not only from bank manager to pet sitter, but to author as well-it’s very well written. Read it yourself and it would make an ideal gift for any pet owner or animal lover.

Amazing! Thank you.

Come to think about it – I love bragging! (I mean, promotion.)

KATZENWORLD – ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ giveaway.

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Nubia likes ....

Nubia likes ….

The ever popular, cat-centred blog, KATZENWORLD, is currently running a ‘giveaway’ competition, the prize being one of two copies of my book, ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’

For details on how to enter, and to read what  Her Meowjesty Queen Nubzilla the Disturber of Peace has to say on the book – click here.

1,272 people can’t be wrong …..?

Goodreads

One thousand, two hundred and seventy-two people entered the recent Goodreads Giveaway to win one of four copies of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’

I appreciate it’s simply human nature to sign up for anything ‘free,’ these days, even if the ‘prize’ is of no particular interest to the entrant. It would possibly make a half decent present for a friend or relation. Why not?

And obviously, I’d far prefer to have sold one thousand, two hundred and seventy-two copies of the book. I’d then have been one really happy wee bunny.

But hey – at least it’s created some awareness, even short term. All those entering the giveaway must at least, if only subconsciously, read the the title of the book. Perhaps it will remain with them. Perhaps they will take a punt and buy a copy for a friend or relative. Here’s hoping.

As for the winners: well, there was one from UK; one from USA; one from Canada and one from India!

At least I can now legitimately describe ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ as an international best seller.

OK, if you must split hairs – an international freebie.

Back to reality.

That’s it, then: Christmas is over. Hogmanay is over. My annual holiday in India (Goa) is over.

Arossim Beach (Starfish shack) in South Goa.

Arossim Beach (Starfish shack) in South Goa.

Nothing left to look forward to ……. except immersing my imagination in the land of ‘Soul Survivor,’ and getting the damn thing written. That, and maybe ‘The Rambling Man.’ That’s the target for this year – one, if not both, books to be completed by the year end.

I had envisaged getting to grips with the former while lying by the pool or on the beach these past couple of weeks. But, having been to this place the previous five years, I should have known better. The combination of 90+ degree temperatures, lovely, plentiful food and cold beer can result in only one thing. And it’s not creativity.

The holiday, however, did present an opportunity for some creative, guerrilla marketing with regard to ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’

I thought I’d take a couple of copies with me and after carrying a copy around for a day or so, placing it strategically on my dining table at meal times, I’d leave them in the hotel library for guests to hopefully pick up.

Unbeknown to me though, one guest had already bought a copy to read on the plane over to India. And having read it, they also placed it in the lobby library. This meant there would be three copies potentially circulating the small hotel..

And even better – the owner of that particular copy, whom I’d met on previous visits, introduced me to other guests as ‘the famous author,’ much to my embarrassment.

The result of all this was that even before I could place copies in the library, I’d been asked directly if people could borrow them. They would then make them available for others to read.

Now, receiving royalties for your book is great. Of course it is. But I genuinely got more of a kick actually witnessing the interest in the book which went days before reappearing on the bookshelf.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Even Sandy, the stray beach-dog, found something to laugh about in 'Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.'

Even Sandy, the stray beach-dog, found something to laugh about in ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’

Book Snippets

Book Snippets

Book Snippets is a new website, geared to give an audio clip of around one thousand words / five minutes duration from new books written by ‘indie’ authors.

Although currently functioning, the site is not due to be completely finished until sometime in the New Year, when in addition to housing the various audio clips, each featured author will have their own ‘bio page.’

Each individual clip will be available on You Tube, and at regular intervals, will be grouped with possibly up to three other clips and issued as a podcast.

Reading a book review on, (eg) Amazon is certainly a pretty good indicator as to whether a book will be to the reader’s liking. However, even if the website affords a ‘Look Inside’ feature, it may just allow a brief glance at the opening pages.

Book Snippets provides a win / win situation for all concerned: those interested to read new releases from new writers will have access to a piece that will give a definite flavour of the book, while aspiring authors will have an additional and exciting means of promoting their books.

Anyone wishing to find out more, from either a reader or author point of view should contact Richard Vobes via the online form available on the site itself.

Meantime – here’s an illustration of what Book Snippets has to offer. Let’s take a relatively recent release like ……. hmmm – what about this one?