Thursday, 30 August 2012

Its All Gone Quiet

My KDP Select promotions have finished, and Ive no plans for any more, so there is nothing to do now but write!

Ive already completed an article on Care Farming for the High Peak Review, and submitted a poem "The Creature" to Purple Tall Tales. Its really a tribjute to Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. You can get a sneak preview at

Then its back to completing The Hole, and getting into the juicy parts of Infidelity.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

KDP Select Free promo update

Interesting stats on the KDP Select promotions.

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle has had 21 US and 8 UK downloads, resulting in Amazon rankings of and 4702 and 4659 respectively.

Stags! has done better, with 12 US and 39 UK downloads, resulting in Amazon rankings of 6231 and 606 respectively, with a UK ranking of 19 in Kindle Books humour which is a great start after 12 hours.

Update: More downloads for Stags! overnight - now 29 and 56 (US and UK) translating into rankings of 4069 and 648.

Update: Stags! now reached #99 in Amazon Kindle ebooks humour in the US with a ranking of 3755 overall. Still going well in the UK too.

End of promo for Stags! sees 88 downloads in the US and 104 in the UK. A little disappointing perhaps, but it has been free twice before, and it did generate two new reviews.

The sequel to Stags! is now well into the planning stages, whilst my sci fi short story The Hole is starting to take shape.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle FREE on Kindle

Today is the first (and only) time Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle will be offered free on Kindle. Without the benefit of reviews sales will be difficult, and in the 3 hours since the promo went live there have been precisely 3 sales! Two in the US (including India) and one in the UK.

Tomorrow Stags! will be free (for 3 days), whilst the Tumbattle promotion lasts 5 days. I will keep you posted on progress.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Mmm...No1...Cookbook - Now Available In India!

Announcement this week that Amazon.Com is now availabel in India, and this has led to a surge of a total of 4 additional downloads of Mmm...No1...Cookbook (not quite retiring just yet)! It will be interesting to see the response to Stags! and Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle when I offer them free this week, starting tomorrow with "Tumbattle".

I read quite a lot of Indie Kindle books last week whilst on holiday in Portugal, and the most common theme throughout is....they all need a good edit!

In the main they were good stories, but lets be honest, I'm only reading the majority of them as they are the work of indie authors who, like me, deserve a bit of help. But, indie authors, more than published authors, need to help themselves. Every step of the publishing process has to be undertaken, and that includes editing. One book, that shall remain nameless, could also do with a good spellchecker!

The mistakes were that common across all titles and all genres that I started to wonder if it was a quirk of Kindle publishing that it occasionally added or removed key words and misspelt others. I suspect not, but I have contacted one indie author directly to ask his advice!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Stags! And Tumbattle Promos

Its going to be a lazy afternoon after sampling another Special at Almost Famous Manchester! This time it was the Insane Bolt - you have to see it and sample it to believe it! Check it out and give it a try (if you can find it!!!)

Planning a big free promo launch for Stags! and Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle at the end of the month, with lots more free avenues to explore. Definitely won't be going down the Independent Author Success route as the results for Mmm...No1...Cookbook were very disappointing.

I will try to update the stats regularly so you can see how the downloads progress.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Mmm...No1...Cookbook - Post Free KDP Select promo

Mmm...No1...Cookbook is no longer free on Kindle, but I have decided to use IAS (Independent Author Success) to see if sales get a boost. For the latest promo there were almost 600 downloads in the US, around 80 in the UK and bizarrely, 13 in Germany. Not as spectacular the first promo, but not bad. Next up are promotions for Stags! and Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle, but they are a month away.

Stags! on Amazon

Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle on Amazon

Friday, 3 August 2012

Mmm...No1...Cookbook Free on Kindle

Friday August 3rd through to Sunday August 5th Mmm...No1...Cookbook is free on Kindle.

Every Day Cooking For Every Day Lives.

Its already into the top 100 in Food & Drink - aiming for number 1 (again!)

Mmm...No1...Cookbook on Amazon (UK)
Mmm...No1...Cookbook on Amazon (US)

And you can see how the cover shot was made here (UK)
Paella on Youtube (UK)
or here (US)
Paella on Youtube (US)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Mmm...No1...Cookbook - Promotion Time

Ive given the blog a new look and feel, actually I've just changed the title and "Amazoned" it. I'm going to experiment with a few different Amazon widgets, and maybe an aStore! I'll let you know what seems to work best.

In the meantime I have created three free promotions through KDP Select. Mmm...No1...Cookbook will be free Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August. Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle and Stags! will be free over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.

All books can be purchased via the links on the righthand side.

For the ccokbook promotion I have included Independent Author Success at a cost of $40 (£26.79), this replaces the Kindle Nation Daily promotion at £29.99. Again, I'll let you know the results.

Now its back to the Olympic sport of being a couch potato (well I did score a century at cricket at the weekend - so I deserve a rest!)