Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Paella From Mmm...No1...Cookbook On Youtube - Unblocked

Now got a totally unblocked Youtube video of Paella!

Paella On YouTube (Unblocked)

The music is a version of Stand By Me from the Youtube collection, and after scouring their music library it is definitely one of the better tracks!

All geared up for the free promotion of Mmm...No1...Cookbook on Friday and over the weekend, so if you want to avoid it stay away from my Facebook and Twitter accounts!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Do You Write? A Question by Michael Madden

So, I'm about to go on holiday, and that is where I get most of my inspiration, when the kids are otherwise occupied. I normally take a pad and a few pens, ideal for sketching out ideas, plots, characters, or just odd ideas. The laptop comes much later, when the scribblings have shaped themselves into a project. This may be more time consuming, but it works for me. What works for you?

I've been working on promoting my last 3 days of Mmm...No1...Cookbook free on Kindle. I'm not marketing the book beyond this weekend, but I am hopeful of some good stats before I engage with Salford University on Mmm...Student...Cookbook.

I use any or all of the following:-

Pixel Of Ink
Kindle Nation Daily (paid)
EReader News Today (for books with enough quality reviews)
Digital Book Today (for books with enough quality reviews)
Book Blogs
I'm also looking at the following:-
Kindle Book Promoter @Kindle_promo
Indie Author Success 
What do you use? Any advice?

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Paella - On Youtube

Finally got round to posting a video on Youtube. It was created a couple of months ago, in fact the final dish is the one that we used for the cover photo of Mmm...No1...Cookbook. The video is quite simple, it shows the ingredients followed by the step by step cooking method, with brief instructions in caption form, and all with a rocking Chuck Berry soundtrack. And therein lies a problem! The copyright on the Chuck Berry songs is dubious, but one thing is for sure, I don't own it! Youtube have suggested taking music from their library, but this is quite restricted at the moment.

This has led to the video being blocked in the US, Germany and St Barthelemy, however it is still ok everywhere else. My intention is to create another version with Youtube approved music, then se whether the Chuck Berry issue can be resolved.

If you want to take a look its here (except the above countries):-

How to make Paella

I am also keepin an eye on KDP free promotions. Mmm...No1...Cookbook will be free 3/4/5 August, and that will be the end of promotions for that book. It was only ever intended to give me a good place to keep all of my recipes, however, watch out for Mmm...Student...Cookbook that could be out for Christmas!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Kindlegraph Requests Now Available

Just a quick update this morning. I have added a gadget on my blog to allow readers to get personalised messages for their Kindle. Just click on the icon in the top right hand corner and it will send me a request.

Quite excited about this as its always been a disappointment that you cant sign Kindles!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Planning Day

Well, I finally got round to something constructive activities in the writing process. Not actual writing you understand, this was just planning. Thinking of engaging in Write-Connections Publishing Hour using their Skype connection, so Ive prepared for that session, and Ive also planned the plot for a couple of Sci Fi short stories that Ive had in mind for some time.

A zombie poem in the style of The Raven and a Cat In The Hat type tale for my wife's birthday are next up, but the real big one, and the subject of most of my queries for the Publishing Hour, is the bio of Mike Sanchez.

Managed to finish off three articles for High Peak Review, one about Mmm...No1...Cookbook, one about my next door neighbour Jenni Pinches who is in the gymnastics Team GB at the Olympics, and one on Care Farming. The Care Farming one will be held back until September, but you can read the other two on my website 

Michael Madden's website.

My Man United Fan Blog is going well, starting to develop a regular following.

Man United Fan Blog

Nice surprise this morning, as Mmm...No1...Cookbook has crept back into the top 100 in Kindle Food & Drink, and Stags! is still selling well. I've got loads more followers and friends, so looking for a good impact when I make them free again in August/September.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Olympian Next Door

Ive had a hectic couple of days trying to find some time to interview my next door neighbour for the High Peak Review. Jenni Pinches has been chosen to represent Team GB in the gymnastics competition, and I also offered to provide a collage of Youtube clips to show at her Olympic send off party. She has had the ambition to perform at the Olympics virtually all of her life, and now she will get to realise her dream. Her family and friends are all very proud of her, and you can follow her on Twitter @jempin515.

Meanwhile, Stags! continues to sell well, though sales of Mmm...No1...Cookbook have dropped off. I will be using free promotions in the next month or so to boost sales of all of my titles.

Incidentally, I had some rather strange news at the weekend. I have a cousin in Canada (actually I have three, and thats not the news), named Mark Posey, and Mark is a professional wrestler who "performs" under the monicker of Mr Intensity. More news on this when the kids have stopped telling everyone in the school yard.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Facebook Fan Page

Ive finally got round to creating Facebook Fan Page, and it really is thanks to all of my FB and Book Blogs friends for nudging me in that direction. Hopefully you will "Like" it as well as like it (Oooh - very social).

My author page on Facebook

While I was at it I started working on my business page, and I would appreciate a "Like" here too.

Legacy IT Consultants Limited on Facebook

Have you checked out my new Man United Fan Blog? Man United Fan Blog

Its about all things football related, though with a Man United bias!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Man United Fan Blog

Finally got round to starting some new writing. My Man United Fan Blog can be found here

Man United Fan Blog

with my take on Man United matters etc in June. I will start posting July's updates tomorrow.

Hopefully start work on Infidelity, my latest children's book, and various High Peak Review articles later in the week.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Projects In Limbo

Do any of you go through periods like this? Ive got two books floating around the Amazon lists but I really should get on with my other projects. Maybe I have too many on the go, maybe the constant rain is not providing any inspiration. Fifty Shades Of Grey? Thats just the clouds out front. There are even more out back.

Cricket will almost certainly be off tomorrow. Maybe that will convince me to sit down and write. But I want to learn Portuguese before I go to Lisbon in August, and I want to learn guitar too. Maybe I just need to give up work!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Michael Madden on Kris Wampler's Blog

This week I am featured on Kris Wampler's blog that can be found here:-

Kris Wampler's Blog

Kris has a fantastic blog and features a different indie author each week. He is also successful in hos own right, having written "Love Train" that is now available on Nook here:-

Love Train Nook edition

Not keen on the first of the month - my Amazon sales go down to zero!!! Quite pleased that Mmm...No1...Cookbook and Stags! both keep tiptoeing into the Amazon top 100 rankings in their own genres.

Fantastic trip to Alicante with the lads last week - plenty of stories for Infidelity the sequel to Stags!

Next up, though, is my Manchester United blog that will be on sale, warts and all, at the end of the season. Got plenty of material for June, starting with the end of season disappointment, right through to David Beckham not being selected for the Olympics.