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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sales & Freebies & Giveaways, Oh My!

It's time for another KDP Select promotion. This week (August 17 through the 22) I'll be selling my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) for $0.99 (67% off) on Amazon via a Kindle Countdown deal. In addition, you can also grab a free ebook copy of Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZU23J.

Mirrors & Mist has 26 reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and is currently rated at 4.5 stars, while Crimson & Cream has a combined 4.3 star rating from 62 reviews. If you'd like to see what others are saying about this YA epic fantasy adventure, check out some summaries here. And, if you know of any avid fantasy readers looking to add to their library, please share this information if you have a chance.

Regarding my advertising efforts for this promotion, I invested $100 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($10), Booksbutterfly ($50), and Bargain Booksy ($40). I applied to Ereader News Today (ENT), but was not accepted. Once the Countdown is over, I'll share the results here. I've had success with BKnights previously and decided to expand my spend; hence I'm trying Booksbutterfly and BargainBooksy for the first time.

I also discovered that Mirrors & Mist is not eligible for many of the promotion sites because they will only feature the first book of a series, and Crimson & Cream is currently not enrolled in KDP. I'm planning on changing that after Warlock & Wyrm (Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) comes out next year. Although this will require removing Crimson & Cream from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and the rest, it will allow me to market on more promotional outlets, and run Kindle deals and giveaways on all three books.

I was initially resistant to putting all my eggs in Amazon's basket, but after several years of my books being available, my sales on Amazon far outnumber all the other retailers combined, so I'm going to go exclusively with Amazon for this first trilogy.

Author update: I sent the 5th draft of Warlock & Wyrm to my editor this week, and look forward to her feedback. The third and final book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is the longest novel of the three, currently over 100,000 words.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Free Template for Book Promo Forms

Do you use online promotional websites to advertise your book giveaways and Kindle Countdown Deals? If so, you've experienced the tedium of filling out practically the same information on all these online forms.
And if you haven't used these promos yet, but intend to, the template below may save you some valuable time. I assembled this guide for myself to have all the necessary information at my fingertips to easily complete the promo forms for my book events. This simple resource allows me to easily cut-and-paste the required text to fill in the boxes. Feel free to copy and modify the template (i.e., delete my info and insert yours) for your own books, if this looks like something that may save you some time. It's also handy for submitting book review requests, blogger guest posts, etc.

KDP Select Advertising Form Information

Author Name: C. M. Skiera
Author Website: cm@yourresearchhelp.com
Book Title: Mirrors & Mist
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
ASIN: B00UPC2OO8
ISBN: 978-0-9962059-0-0
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: March, 2015
Words: 72,750

50-Word Blurb
Orphaned Jetsam is apprenticed to the fugitive wizard Seryn Vardan. When a caravan rescue goes awry and Seryn is apprehended, Jetsam vows to free his beloved mentor. Can Jetsam save Seryn from a public beheading, or will he again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

One-Sentence Blurb
Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

Contact Info
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520768.C_M_Skiera
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Skiera/e/B008XKXD2Q
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004136952025
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cmskiera (@cmskiera)
Blog:  http://cmskiera.blogspot.com/
Google Plus Profile:  https://plus.google.com/+CMSkiera/about

Tags 
coming of age, fantasy, dungeon, dragon, sorcery, swords and sorcery, fantasy action, fantasy action adventure, sorcery fantasy adventure, fantasy about magic

Author Bio
C. M. Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer. He and his wife are devoted dog-lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas.

Crimson & Cream is C. M. Skiera’s debut epic fantasy novel.  He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and  the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon in 2012. Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is his latest release, and he is currently writing Warlock & Wyrm, the final book of the series.

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