Sunday, 24 June 2012

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle Audio

The Audio from Its Story Time For Kids can now be found by clicking on the icon in the top righthand corner.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Tumbattle Story Time on Saturday

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle features in Its Story Time at 3pm UK time this Saturday.

Ole And Zac On Blog Talk Radio

The Blog for the show is here

Its Story Time Blog

Meanwhile, sales are still coming through for Mmm...No1...Cookbook (#33 in Kindle Food & Drink) and Stags!

Not got round to starting any writing projects this week yet - but with more rain forecast Saturday could be the day!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Guest Blog Spot - Amelia Curzon

My thanks to Amelia Curzon for the opportunity to be her Guest Blogger this week. Amelia Curzon

Meanwhile, my wife is reading Fifty Shades Of Grey, the hugely overhyped bestseller. Dont think shes very impressed.

Hoping to start one or two writing projects this week - a Manchester United Blog and an kids one. When will the Stags! sequel get some traction?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Its Story Time In Tumbattle!

Actually been a quiet week, with a somewhat therapeutic trip to the Williams F1 centre for a conference being the highlight.

Stags! continues to sell and is in the #6423 in paid Kindle store. Unfortunately this is not enough for any bestseller categories, but other promotional activities over the next few weeks may give it a boost.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook hasnt sold anywhere near as many copies, but is #8,986 in paid Kindle store which gets it to #25 in Kindle Food & Drink. Staying above Anthony Bourdain and Thomasina Miers amongst others!

Should be featuring on Amelia Curzon's blog this weekend Amelia Curzon's blog

Next weekend promises to be interesting, with Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle featuring on Blog Talk Radio.

Here are the links:-

Its Story Time

Its Story Time Blog

It airs at 10am EST which is 3pm UK time. After the show I will post the link so that you can listen at your leisure.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Stags! And Mmm...No1...Cookbook - Free Weekend

Well, the results were interesting if a little disappointing. Stags! was definitely offered free too soon after my previous promotion, but no real harm done as I still have 3 days left this quarter and they can wait for 2 and a half months. Need to build up a bigger network.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook was a strange one. Loads of downloads, over 2,000 combined in the UK and US, but these did not really translate into sales afterwards? Could this be down to a really negative review on Amazon? Possibly, but I welcome all reviews. They at least prove that someone is reading the book, and their comments can be used to improve future offerings.

So, for now, the euphoria is over. Time to concentrate briefly on Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle that will be on Blog Talk Radio on 23rd June. Ive also got a couple of blog appearances this weekend, particularly with Amelia Curzon. This may generate new sales, but for now the rankings area as follows:-

Stags! #9,925 (I'm sure this would have been higher without the free promotion!)
Mmm...No1...Cookbook #24,035
Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle #104,288

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Mmm...No1...Cookbook - climbing the charts

Mmm...No1...Cookbook has not had as many downloads as Stags! in its first free promotion, but it has excelled in its category. Currently #104 in free Kindle books, and #1 in Kindle>Food & Drink.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook Free On Kindle (UK)

Its also doing well in the US #484 Free in Kindle store and #35 and #41 in two sub categories.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook Free On Kindle (US) 

Stags! starts is free promo tomorrow and Mmm...No1...Cookbook ends its free run tomorrow night.

Free on Kindle - Oops!

Stags! and Mmm...No1...Cookbook should have been free on Kindle today and tomorrow - but there's a bit of a prpblem. The KDP Select period for Stags! expired on Tuesday. I'd made a mental note to set the free promotion when the new period kicked in on Wednesday - but that mental note must have got erased in a big brain clear out!

Anyway, Mmm...No1...Cookbook still free for these two days, and I've actioned Stags! from tomorrow.

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle also available on Kindle - but I gave up with the pictures. The frustration of trying to format them is probably where my mental note got lost!

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle on Kindle (US)

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle on Kindle (UK)

Mmm...No1...Cookbook Free On Kindle (US)

Mmm...No1...Cookbook Free On Kindle (UK)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle on Kindle

Excited about the potential for 2 books this weekend. Stags! is entering its second free promotion, just for 2 days, and I want to gauge how successful this will be following close on the heels of the previous free promo. Its still at #62 in Books>Fiction>Humour so I will be very interested to see if it can get back towards the top ten.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook got to #34 in Kindle>Food & Drink when it was first launched. This is its fits freebie and it has not got the reviews of Stags! so the advertising will be limited.

I received two copies of the Createspace edition of Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle today, and one of them will be immediately despatched to Christy Condoleo for the "Its Story Time For Kids" broadcast on 23rd June. Its now available on Amazon and I am desperately trying to get it into an acceptable condition for release on Kindle. The problem is that the story is really brought to life by the pictures, and pictures and Kindles don't really go together. Its also somewhat unpredictable as to where they will appear in relation to the text, but I will persevere and let you know when it is available.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Stags! and Kris Wampler

Been catching up on some stuff today whilst watching Stags! unfortunately fall down the Amazon lists. Once it leaves the top 20 of a bestseller list it is all downhill as there are 20 books on a page. Not many people will click beyond the first page - its a bit like needing to be on the first page on Google. Anyway, its free again next weekend, as is Mmm...No1...Cookbook, and it should be featured on Digital Book Today which is an improvement from last time, so looking forward to exciting times ahead.

Did my piece for Kris Wampler's blog, Kris is the author of "Love Train" Love Train by Kris Wampler on Amazon and he has a Facebook Page Love Train on Facebook

You can also follow him on Twitter @KrisWampler.

His blog is a really interesting one Kris Wampler's blog and great for indie authors

Ive also done some work on the Bio of a rock & roll singer that I am collaborating with. We've both been very busy but hopefully we can sort it out before the end of the year.

Mmm...No1...Cookbook - time for action

With the relative success of Stags! and the upcoming Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle radio appearance, Mmm...No1...Cookbook has been a bit neglected, but now its time for action.

Its free next weekend (9th/10th June) on Kindle, and if the weather holds that's when I will be wheeling out my giant paella pan for an initial launch!

Pixel of Ink

Pixel Of Ink is the first port of call for promotion and there are many others. So based on Stags! what are my aims? Well, in terms of food & drink there are not many out there - so top 10 in free books should be achievable, however top 100 in all free Kindle would be optimistic.

Once it is paid again I would hope for top 50 food & drink - its been as high as 34 previously, but lets see.

Ive notified ereadernewstoday - but need more reviews to get it mentioned. Paid for promo on Kindle Nation Daily - works out at 20.13 but well worth it.

Incidentally - I have made Stags! free on the same dates, and hoping for more extensive coverage based on number of reviews. Its a bit of a catch 22 - if you havent got the reviews you cant get the free publicity and if you havent got the free publicity its difficult to get the reviews!

Stags! has now been accepted onto Digital Book Today for inclusion in their Top 100 Free Kindle Books list - based on its number of 5 star reviews. My thanks to Anthony Wessell for the inclusion.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Stags! and a dark poem

Where does all the time go? Would love to find time to write but this week all I've managed is a poem, and its darker than my normal style. Thats because a friend of mine, Dominic Keefe, has offered to illustrate a piece of work, and his illustrations are generally very dark and detailed.

Here is the poem:-

Where Did All The Children Go?

Where did all the children go
That played in hail and played in snow
That played in sun and played in rain
Now never to be seen again?

I hear their cries but not their screams
For they were taken in their dreams
Where once were legion now they're none
Unspoken innocence has gone

Into the darkness do not speak
Their bones to break as hearts are weak
And soon the coffins will be filled
As on the ground their blood is spilled

Anguished cries when hands are wrung
And then their weeping song is sung
To hail their memory rue their fate
We could do nought we were too late

But still we wonder where they've gone
And just who took our little ones
That used to look to us in fear
Now all that's left are hollow tears

Meanwhile, Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle has been republished using Createspace. It actually looks quite good, but I think I still prefer the original. The date of June 23rd has been set for a reading on Blog Talk Radio, I'll be posting links here nearer the time.

Stags! is till in 3 bestseller charts, and its first KDP Select term runs out next week, which means I will have the opportunity to offer it free again. Need to evaluate the best strategy for that one.

Finally, Mmm...No1...Cookbook is still making occasional sales - may be time to give that a push and make it free on Kindle. Got some guest blog appearances coming up and again I'll post the links here nearer the time.