Making It to Number One on Amazon (sort of)

A Little Warning & Apology

Okay, this post is going against my usual humble style and I’ll just preface all this braggy-sounding content by letting you know that all these amazing rankings were only in the Amazon Kindle Free Store (as opposed to the Paid Store) and so don’t quite count as much. Plus, I know the number of books I ended up giving away are pretty much what many authors sell every day even without big promo pushes and I should be embarrassed by them, not shouting them to the world. But still, last week was an exciting time compared to anything I’ve achieved so far with my books!

Annnnnyway…..as you may know, last Wednesday was the official Release Day for The Bonds of Osteria, the fourth book in my Osteria Chronicles series. After all the recent studying I’ve been doing regarding book marketing, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put some of my book learnin’ into action.

My Goals for This Launch & Promo Push

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Release Day Is Here! Free Books, Beastie Bargains & Sincere Thanks

Yes,. it’s finally here!! Today is the official Release Day for The Bonds of Osteria, the fourth installment of my highly recommended fantasy series in which myths come to life as you’ve never seen them before!

I have SO much to say about this release and Finn McSpool has even organized a photo shoot in honor of the book’s birthday, but I know many of you are here for the freebies and bargains mentioned in the post title, so let’s just cut to the chase and get to those first, shall we?

Release Day Sale #1 – The Bonds of Osteria is Only 99 Cents

Let’s start with the book of the hour (cue drum roll). The Bonds of Osteria, will be marked down to 99 cents for the next week. The price will then go up to $3.99 (US), so be sure to grab your copy today by following this link or clicking on the image below.*

Of course, if you want to sample Bonds before you buy, you can check out three chapters from the book on my blog (here, here, and here) and learn a little bit about a few of the myths that inspired the book.

Release Day Sale #2 – The Trials of Hercules (Book One) is FREE

Yes, free!!! This is the perfect chance to jump into this captivating series. The only way I could make it any easier is if I came over and clicked the Buy Now button for you. Since I can’t quite squeeze that into my schedule, you’ll just have to follow this link* or click the image below to visit the land of freebies.

Ignore that banner, the book is actually free through Friday!

Release Day Sale #3 – My 99-for-99 Deal

For those of you who want to stock up on your Osteria-ness, I’m also running what I’m calling my 99-for-99 sale on Books Two and Three of the series (The Voyage of Heroes and The Maze of Minos). For 99 hours (which started in the wee hours of Wednesday morning) you can get both books for only 99 cents each. Note, this is an Amazon promo that only works in some regions (such as the US and UK), so many apologies if you don’t see the sale prices at this link* or this link*.

*A note on those links: To keep from cluttering up this post with a gob of region-specific Amazon links, the links provided will take you to a handy dandy, super snazzy webpage where, with the click of a button, you’ll be whisked away to the Amazon store for your country/region. Pretty cool, huh?!

Time for a Sincere Thanks

Don’t worry, it’s almost time for the Beastie photo shoot, but I just want to take a few quick paragraphs to reflect on a bit on the making of this book.

First, let me just take a moment to say how amazed (and relieved) I am that Bonds actually made it to publication. After a huge hiccup in production during Book Three, I was ready to abandon the series altogether. However, a few inspiring words from just a single person who had read Books One & Two made all the difference to get me back on track (proof that reviews, whether in person or online, really do matter).

Due to the many storylines that make up the novel, Bonds was a struggle at times and there was a good amount of cursing when the timeline for one storyline just refused to mesh with another storyline. Although I was tempted to take a hammer to my computer, eventually with plenty of post it notes, colored pens, and rewriting (and maybe a bit of wine), things finally meshed together.

I want to thank everyone who visits and comments on this blog on a regular basis. Writing can be lonely work and your interactions really do keep me smiling and motivated to continue to share my writing process.

I’d also like to thank the super stars out there on my mailing list who have accepted my invitation to join my Advanced Review Team (aka “Team Tammie”). Your interest in helping me launch this book was overwhelming and I appreciate all your support!

But enough of this sappy stuff. It’s well beyond time for….

The Beastie-Filled Release Day Photo Shoot

In celebration of Release Day, Finn thought he’d act out one of the story lines from the book. Maybe we should call him Bellerophon Beastie for today?

While Finn was trying to figure out how to get his trusty steed to fly, Tammie and David Beastie  were having a sneak peek at their copy of Bonds and somehow got trapped in a festive confetti storm while they were reading.

Finally, it was time for a sun-dappled group photo. Great job, Finn! Thanks for putting that all together. No, this doesn’t mean you get an extra helping of beer tonight.

One Last Word: Paperbacks

I know some of you out there are paperback fans and don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. All four books are available in paperback format through Amazon (just use those book links above).

I used to offer a special price on paperbacks on Release Day, but with the new KDP Print system I’m able to price my books much lower than I used to. This means that the sale price I would offer you, is only a few cents cheaper than shopping directly through your local Amazon. However, if you really really really want to order directly through me, send an email and I can hook you up.

Thanks again everyone!!  Please do take advantage of those bargains and I’d love it if you could spread the word about them by telling a friend or simply sharing this post.

Have a terrific week of reading! Oh, and last Saturday I told you Finn wouldn’t have a post this Saturday, but I think there might be something special in the works, so be sure to come back this Saturday to see what monstrous things are happening!

 

 

Another Round of Osteria Humor

Hello Blogland!

Although I have been up to my neck with writing work and next week I’ll have some VERY exciting news to share with you, this week I simply can’t squeeze anything out of my head to share with you. Instead, I’ve done some deep research (okay, it was ten minutes on Google) to bring you another round of humor related to the Osteria Chronicles, the historical fantasy series that brings Greek myths to life as you’ve never seen them before.

We’ll start off with a little mythological pun…

And where’s there’s Hera, you have to have Zeus… Continue reading

Getting in Bed with the Devil

Sorry, this post has nothing to do with my daydreaming (or night dreaming) about the devilishly handsome Tom Ellis, aka “Lucifer.” In case you don’t know who I’m typing about, here’s what I mean….

Yeah, I know. And while I’d love to go on about that, this post is actually about my finally making a decision about going exclusive with Amazon. If you missed it, you can read about my vacillating frustration in this recent post, but let’s just sum it up by saying I was tempted, but still had qualms.

Well, those qualms were settled when I came across a couple podcasts on the very topic of going exclusive with Amazon, who should do so, and why. The first podcast was Episode #66 from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and the other was from one of my favorite podcasts the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast Episode #92.

That’s a couple hours’ worth of listening, but I’ll just boil it down by saying I was the EXACT type of writer who should be in Amazon’s KDP Select because…. Continue reading

Testing Out Amazon’s KDP Print

Before I get to the nitty gritty of the good, the bad, and the ugly of making a paperback with Amazon’s KDP Print program, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all for your heartfelt condolences regarding the passing of my grandma last week. It was great to share a little bit of her with the world and I’m thrilled her pictures gave many of you a little smile.

Okay, on with the review of KDP Print…

What Is KDP Print?

Basically, this is Amazon’s new self-publishing service to create print-on-demand paperback books. It was just announced last year and is still technically in beta mode. As with other POD services, you upload a properly formatted PDF file of your manuscript. You then upload your cover (or create one using their templates if you don’t mind the super-obvioulsy-self-published look), enter your book details, wait for approval, and you’re done. Since I’ve been using Createspace (an Amazon company) for my paperbacks, none of this was anything new.

Why Did I Try KDP Print?

Previously, the primary way to get a paperback onto Amazon was to publish it through Createspace. Createspace has always been a great service (although a little slow sometimes regarding approval and shipping), but notes are drifting on the self-publishing air that Createspace may be going bye-bye. Some services have been cut and support in other areas of the Createspace team have been eliminated. Can you hear the death knell tolling?

I still have my first three books of the Osteria Chronicles on Createspace, but since I don’t want to get caught with my publishing pants down I knew I needed to give KDP Print a try. The trouble was that KDP wasn’t offering any discount for author copies or proof copies (Createspace always offered them at cost). This policy (and others) kept me from trying out KDP Print and had me shopping around for a different POD company.

However, like a stroke of publishing luck, just as I was finishing up The Bonds of Osteria a few weeks ago, Amazon announced that they will now charge only printing costs for proof and author copies. Talk about a sign from the book gods!! I had to try it out. Continue reading