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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Experience with a Bknights Promo

For my most recent Amazon KDP Select ebook giveaway, I decided to purchase a promotion to help advertise the event. I reviewed the results of other authors' book promotions on IndieListers and chose to give Bknights (on Fiverr) a try, based on their reasonable prices and results. I purchased a $10 promotional package for Bknights to market my ebook on their site (digitalbookspot.com) that has over 4,800 active readers.

I ran my Mirrors & Mist Amazon giveaway on June 3 and 4, 2016. In total, I gave away 320 books, which was about three times the amount during my last KDP event in April, 2016 (95 ebooks), where I only promoted my giveaway on free websites.

In addition to giving away 320 ebooks, I also sold 10 copies of my first book, Crimson & Cream, during the two-day promotional period (which is 10 ebooks more than I sold in the days before and after the promo). These indirect 'offshoot' sales covered the cost of the Bknights ad, and then some. I actually made about $10 profit on my $10 investment. My intent was to spend a little money to increase my giveaway volume, so experiencing a corresponding uptick in sales was an unexpected bonus.

Obviously, these are not staggering numbers, but my goal is to start small and work my way up to the more expensive promotions. I was very satisfied with my Bknights experience and ease of use in conducting the transaction through Fiverr. I'll definitely use Bknights again, along with experimenting with other promotional vendors.

Author Update: I'm currently editing the third draft of Warlock & Wyrm and am close to the halfway point (on chapter 15 of 34). My plan is to send the manuscript to my editor in mid-July.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

June 3 and 4, 2016, Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be available for free on Amazon via KDP Select. Get your copy here!

In addition, Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is available for free at Smashwords with this code: ZU23J.

Here's a mini-primer on The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy:
  1. The main character is a 13-year-old orphan boy who's coming-of-age story is revealed throughout the trilogy.
  2. The story is epic fantasy in the traditional style, set in a nostalgically-familiar Medieval European-style mountainous world.
  3. The books currently have 36 reviews on Amazon, with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6. respectively.
  4. The fantasy writers who I love to read, and who inspire me, and certainly influence my story-telling in subtle ways are, in no particular order, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
  5. Book III of the trilogy (Warlock & Wrym) is currently being edited and is targeted for a 2017 release.
And here are a few unbiased opinions for your consideration:

Tome Tender: "Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy! The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

Shaykitteh's World of Books: "A fun and exciting story, full of magic but - more importantly - likeable characters, I highly recommend reading Crimson & Cream... CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past."

Author Brian Beam's Blog: "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting... Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."

Author Jennifer Thompson: "For those devotees of Fantasy/Epic Fantasy this is a definite "must read." I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend CRIMSON & CREAM!"

Rabid Readers Reviews: "The negative aspect of this novel is that I couldn't put it down."
Books, Reviews, Etc.: "There is never a dull moment when you think you want to quit reading."

The Reader's Hollow: "Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy."

Please give these books a try, and thank you very much in advance.

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