Monday, August 24, 2015

New review!

Simple and to the point. I like that.


5 *****  Five Stars
By Mary Pruetton
August 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition - Verified Purchase

Really enjoyed this book.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Never give up the dream!

It was very exciting last week when my contemporary suspense novel, DROP OUT hit #5 on the paid Amazon best seller list. I was thrilled to have Nicholas Sparks as my #4 competitor. How I got to this list is no secret. I booked promotional spots on high-traffic websites and spent the days leading up to the spots marketing and promoting my a*s off. I stayed at that #5 position for an entire 36 hours before slowly slipping back into the 100’s; about where I am now.

Did I ever in my dreams imagine that as an independent writer I would ever achieve such heights… honestly, never. My point is, that every writer has an equal chance of hitting the list. Sure, you have to write a great book, have a great cover, and an even greater blurb, but it is possible. I am living proof.

I’ve chronicle the last five years of my journey as an independent writer on this blog. There have been many dizzying highs and terrifying lows along my journey to get my books read, but with perseverance and a never-give-up attitude, I feel as if I’ve finally “made it” and all the lonesome hours writing and all the sacrifices have now been worth the struggle. There is no greater feeling then having dozens of friends and fans messaging me their congratulations at hitting the top 5. It is a high better than any ingestibale substance on Earth.

If you’re a writer and can’t understand why no one is buying your book it may not be that the book is not good, it may be you just don’t know how to market and promote the story. My advice is to check out the Alexa ranking of any site you’re interested in advertising on before you invest your cold, hard cash. Join Facebook groups, join online writer’s and reader’s clubs, post discussions, anything to get your name out there and get your book noticed.

Getting your book on the best seller list can happen but it won’t happen without effort. I hated the hours upon hours of promoting along with most writers, but as with any art form it is necessary to achieve recognition. Check out my blog for the list of sites that helped me achieve #5 in the country. And never give up the dream!!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

#5 in the country!

Okay, here's how I did it step by step. 3 weeks ago I got a promo on ENT so I knew I wanted to do a big blitz and I had plenty of time to book spots. ENT was on Aug. 11th, so I also booked FKBT, Bargain Booksy, and Digital Book Today. On the 12th I booked Choosy Bookworm, Ereader cafe, and Kindle Nation Daily. In addition, I did heavy promotion on Facebook groups, Google+, and my Blog. I think a big word-of-mouth, and shares by my readers also helped a bit. Now, I'm just waiting for new reviews and movie offers (LOL). I'm planning another blitz for my sci-fi books next month. Will use the same strategy and see how it works a second time.

Soooo close!

So as my promotional blitz winds down and sales are beginning to slow to normal, I got all the way to #5 paid in the country right behind #4 Nicholas Sparks. Not bad.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More Promo!

In my quest to have the #1 downloaded paid book in America, Day 2 of my two day promotional blitz for my previous bestseller DROP OUT finds me on these major ebook sites.

Kindle Nation Daily -

Ereader cafĂ© (Deal of the day) –

Book Gorilla – a subscription based book mailing list.

** Thank you all for your support and shares. I’m close to hitting it!

Getting there!

Woke up to these stats. Have another 5 major promo sites today. Getting close to #1 in several genres.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blitz #2

In my quest to have the #1 downloaded paid book in America, Day 1 of my two day promotional blitz for my previous bestseller DROP OUT finds me on these major ebook sites.

In additional to numerous interviews and blog visits, I’m also inviting my large, fan-based platform to put out the word. Though Amazon stats claim to be real-time there is actually a several hour lag between paid sales and bestseller ranking. According to paid sales at this moment, I should be getting close to the top 1,000 in the entire Amazon library of more than eleven million books with another 36 hours of heavy promotion to go. I’ll post ranking as I (hopefully) near #1.

Here we go to #1

And so it begins. Today’s blitz is starting with DROP OUT being featured on these sites.

More features to come.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Going for #1

In my attempt to get DROP OUT to #1 in it's genre I have set up a promo blitz on the sites that have sold me the most books. DROP OUT will be on these sites August 11th. Ereader News Today, FKBT, Bargain booksy, ereader cafe, digital book today, and I am waiting to see if Riffle, Bookbub, and Midlist accept it. All these sites have sold many of my books. I will report the success or failure at the end of that week.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thank you writer Gods!

Just received word that Ereader News Today is going to feature me. Setting up date now. They are #2 in the cyber-world for ebook recognition behind bookbub reaching more than 1,000,000 readers per day. Very excited.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Just Amazing!

Amazing! Just when I thought my writing career was over; just when I started to slip into a deep, dark hole of despair; a spark of opportunity reignites it. It started months ago when I realized that pumping out twelve novels in a three year period can sometimes create immature and unseasoned work. So, after I finished my last novel I decided to take time off from writing and take a fresh look at my large collection of work.

I began by re-reading and editing my entire three book sci/fi series. Reading these books after a two year absence was like opening up an old home and seeing what needed to be dusted. Although the stories were fundamentally sound, I noticed many areas where I could improve on the stories and make them non-stop page turners. I spent three months in revisions before finally being satisfied with the work.

I started on my other books, gradually tightening each one until I, other writers, and my critique group, deemed them perfect. The aging process with manuscripts is much like the aging process of fine wine, being away from it for a while you notice subtle intricacies. This process took another six months and during that time I gave up the notion of becoming a bestselling author, being satisfied in the knowledge that I had written what I believed to be fantastic stories and if nothing else I would be respected for that.

A few weeks ago, I put SILENT INVASION the first sci/fi in the series up for free on Amazon. I placed a few promo spots and let my social network and author’s platform know of the promotion. To my utter astonishment and surprise, the book quickly went to #1 in the free store for children’s and YA science fiction and stayed in that position for six days. This sparked an increase in sales in my other books, both sci/fi and literary thrillers. I also noticed my Amazon prime page counts were soaring. Not only were the books downloaded but they were actually being read!

Fueled by the renewed interest in my material I decided to put my bestseller, DROP OUT on somewhat of a virtual promotional tour. I let my social media network know that the book was going to be featured on several sites and sent notice to my followers. Low and behold, the book shot up to #22 in all of literary fiction and went below the 1,000 mark in the entire paid Kindle store. More pages are being read and more of my books are selling.

I’m still riding that wave right now and last I checked I was still hovering @ 40 ranking for literary fiction. My sci/fi stuff continues to sell and I’m just finishing the last of the editing for one more of my older books and then I am going to start a new one, my thirteenth. I want to thank my readers and let aspiring authors know that with the interconnectivity of the world today there are always opportunities to be exposed and just when you think there’s no point to it all, with a little perseverance and drive, good things do happen.