There are some standard pieces of advice given to authors trying to promote their books, and these include starting a well designed and regularly updated blog, use social media, use book promotion services, and compile a mailing list. I have done all of the above, with varying amounts of enthusiasm and varying results, but today’s post is about only one of them, the last one, putting together a mailing list.
I have been on Blender creating new spaceships for the last couple of days. Two of my books are getting these new spaceships, Cosmic Girl and Blood Star. They’re the two newest. Cosmic Girl has been out for a couple of weeks now (the new cover with a spaceship is because sales haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire) and Blood Star isn’t even written yet. I’ve set it up as a preorder in a couple of places - you can get it from Kobo for example - but I’m holding off on setting it up as a preorder with Amazon until I have a great cover.
I have always been afraid of doing a preorder on one of my books, I guess because I was frightened that I might miss the deadline. But I have been doing some research, and the various eBook publishers don’t seem to punish you too severely for missing a pre-order deadlines. For example, according to IndiesUnlimited.com Amazon is quite forgiving. On their help page Amazon say: If you move up the release date for your eBook, all customers who pre-ordered will receive the content on the earlier release date.
In order to bring visitors to SpiralcatBooks.com, my sci-fi ebook website, I am using an age-old promotional idea that will probably never go out of fashion, free books. Everyone likes free books, and so SpiralcatBooks.com now includes a section where people can download free sci-fi, and other classic genre books. All of these books are already available from Gutenberg for free, of course, so why would somebody come to my site to download them instead?
I am continuing work on Dark Galaxy 5, Blood Star, but I haven’t written a single word yet. As I mentioned in a previous post, first I’m reading through the preceding four books in the series. I finished Galaxy Dog over a week ago, and I have now just finished reading Iron Dart. Interestingly, I just found out that my books are available on Walmart to buy as eBooks, including Galaxy Dog from Walmart, and Iron Dart at Walmart.
I have been selling my ebooks through sites such as Amazon and Smashwords for some time now, years even, but I have recently been thinking about selling them directly, on my own site. Instead of sending people to Amazon’s site, and risk them being distracted by all the other books that Amazon is going to show them, I can keep them on my site, Spiralcat Books. It took me a while to get my head round how to do this, but I figured the best way was one of the sites that takes care of all the technical stuff for you.
I have started work on Dark Galaxy 5, which I am giving the working title of Blood Star. The way I write a book tends to be slightly different every time, but the first step of the process is usually coming up with a title. The titles for this series are always the name of a space vehicle within the book: Galaxy Dog is the name of the game-changer spaceship the hero and heroin get their hands on in book one, Iron Dart is the name of the spaceship piloted by a bounty hunter who is a thorn in the sides of the two main characters, etc… on through the series.
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