HELP!

Amazon.com logo -500I have a problem. Actually, I have a few, but now is neither the time nor the place.

Instead, let’s talk about my little quandary. (Behave.)

I am looking to run a book promotion in United States, hoping that this will generate some interest in ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’ The trouble is, without a good few positive reviews on Amazon.com none of the ‘big hitter’ promo sites will accept the book. Not even though I can point them to the Amazon.co.uk  site which presently has sixteen excellent, five-star comments.

No sales in USA = No reviews. No reviews in USA = No sales.

Weirdly, the one review (also five-star) that I’ve received from the States, replicated itself on the UK site. But for some reason, there doesn’t seem to be a reciprocal arrangement.

As I can’t determine who has posted on the UK site, I’m asking anyone who reads this post, and has previously posted a review there, if they would mind copying their comment to the Amazon.com site, and adding some reference to the comment first being added to the UK site on ‘xyz date.’

It really is time for me to move on from ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ and get writing those promised ‘Soul Survivor,’ and ‘The Rambling Man,’ efforts. I can’t wait forever to crack the US market, but with your help ……

As a wee ‘thank you,’ here’s a funny video of cats stealing dogs’ beds.

Cheers!

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.

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?

 

The Dogvine.

Dogvine BannerWIN A SIGNED COPY OF ‘DAMP DOGS & RABBIT WEE.’

thedogvine.com is a colourful website that focuses on dog-friendly facilities in the London area. From vets, to dog walkers; from dog trainers to cafes that welcome dogs – you’ll find them, plus lots more, here.

The Dogvine is also popular blog that features events in and around the London area, in addition to various products of interest to dog owners.

Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ is featured this month, and until midnight on Wednesday 25th November, they are offering two copies as prize giveaways. Perfect timing for Christmas – ideal stocking fillers if you have already have a copy!

All you need do is visit the site and register your interest. Simple.

(And if you wonder whether your dog / pet loving friends and relatives would enjoy the book, then check out the wonderful review!)