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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wow! New 5- star review and a feature spot on FKBT!

By Sandra K. Stiles on July 5, 2015

I loved this book. There was the slightest sexual scene in the book. I don’t enjoy reading things like that but it didn’t detract from the overall book. We all remember 9/11. At first I wondered if I was reading an autobiography. The descriptions of the inside of Tower 1 and the scene depicted in the story as people tried to escape rivaled many descriptions of those who had survived. The reader was carried along on this journey with the main character to the point of merging with and becoming the main character. I say it takes a lot to pull me that far into a story. I loved that it was written in first person. This is probably the best way to tell this story. It is what made it feel like an autobiography. For anyone who gravitates to those stories about 9/11, this must be put on your must read list. I will warn you that some of the descriptions are graphic , but well done. I will definitely see what else this author has written since this was the first book I had read by this author, and it wasn’t one that was given to me as a review request. I am glad I read it and whole heartedly recommend it.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

WOW! 5-star reviews are flowing in for several different books

5- stars Sometimes the end is just the Beginning
By Christy C. Asberry on July 3, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I chose this book because I was intrigued by the title, synopsis, as well as the fact that I enjoy spiritual reads. However, this was a little different than what I expected - still, there was a lesson to be learned... Collin Weaver died in a horrible car crash. Heaven, a silvery-haired woman appears at the accident scene like an angel of mercy, but Heaven is no angel. Collin is now stuck somewhere between two worlds - life & death & Heaven & Hell. Heaven thrusted Collin into harrowing journies during which he must observe the final moments of young and old and ordinary and extraordinary people, as well as the final moments of life that he and his wife would have shared years later had he not been involved in this accident. Collin participated in heart-wrenching games of life and death to decode the human experience, the reason for living and dying and the meaning of everything - having fun (i.e., partying, drinking, money, or having the best and finest of things is not what makes life worth the while, it's the live you share, what you do while alive, and the impact you leave in others...

5- stars Neil Ostroff: Writer/Author Skilled to perfection.
By Katherine Billingsley Duke "Katherine Billingsley Duke" on July 4, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have never read a book like this book. This literature is too dramatic for me. I don't know how Neil can have a brain and mind to write such an enticing story. I sat on the edge my chair all story long. I recommend this story for anyone who wants a story that is a page turner/twister.
The book has good local color and firmly written characters. It is a long book but I read it in an afternoon. Thank you Neil.

5- stars Better have tissues on hand!
By RFY on July 4, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I think everyone old enough to remember the destruction of the twin towers remembers where they were that day. Stories like "Drop Out" have the power to effect a gut punch for many of us, and Neil Ostroff takes that powerful and tragic event and crafts an equally powerful story around one man's experience with it. It's a touching, memorable tale of learning to live and love again after a horrific loss.
Nathan Cruz's experiences on 911 scarred him so badly he retreated from the world. Now living aboard a boat off the coast of Florida he lives a solitary existence. Even with a hurricane bearing down on him he refuses to head inland, preferring to weather the storm on his own. When his boat sinks and he is forced to swim to shore, he has no idea his whole world is about to change. His encounter with Miriam reminds him what it was like to feel, to enjoy life and accept love. As for Miriam she has her own cross to bear, and their relationship is bittersweet. This is one novel you'd better have a box of tissues on hand for. Nathan's spiritual and emotional rebirth will stay with you for a long time.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Still #1

Last day of promotion and still the #1 book in its class and genre in America!

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

Middle school student Tim Madison’s life gets crazy when a strange visitor takes him aboard a magnificent spaceship to train to prevent a future war. Ruthless aliens called Tarnacki are constructing a massive extermination army deep inside Earth readying to unleash a shocking attack and no one can see it coming!  

Returned home Tim races against the odds to formulate a plan to protect the world. Danger escalates quickly! Time becomes his enemy! He must do something truly incredible and fast! But even risking everything to stop the Tarnacki isn’t enough! It requires selfless acts of bravery that he never could have imagined! Can he stop the invasion before all humanity is destroyed?


High school student Nick Murray’s sudden death is not natural. Something non-human killed him.
Entering the afterlife is like joining a syndicate. There are rules, regulations, and immortal entities in positions of great power. The devil, who has been banished to the lower levels for eternity, craves this power and will do anything to attain it. Including destroying all of humankind.

Nick’s soul is sent back to the world of the living and into the body of a high ranking soldier. He must stop the devil from inciting a nuclear catastrophe and forming a zombie attack force from the newly dead. When the body Nick occupies is executed for treason, he discovers a horrifying secret about his own origins that may destroy everything he’s fighting to save. Has everything he’s been led to believe about the hereafter been a lie?


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End of life is only the beginning.

Collin Weaver dies in a horrible car crash. A beautiful woman named Heaven appears at the wreck like an angel of mercy, but Heaven is no angel. Heaven thrusts Collin on a harrowing journey during which he must observe the final moments of ordinary and extraordinary people. Collin participates in heart-wrenching games of life and death to decode the human experience. He must learn the reason for his having been alive before his soul can advance to a higher state. Until the grandest revelation of all shows him the meaning of everything.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Times are a changing!

As most authors now know Amazon is going to start paying authors for the amount of pages read and not for each complete book. I’m not certain how I feel about this. On the plus side, it could free readers up to explore more books if they are only going to pay for it if they like it. On the negative, most casual readers never finish a book or do it over a long period of time. And how about if readers skip a section? What will it do to royalties?

Of course, there are other options for authors. You can publish with Smashwords or through any of the other hundreds of ebook outlets. But let’s face it, Amazon is king! I’m not sure how this new policy is going to change the publishing industry but it will change it. And then what’s next, paying musicians for how much of a song is listened to?

I, like hundreds of thousands of others, am a slave to Amazon and how they control their merchandise. The industry is changing and I will be forced to change with it. I am an author who needs an outlet to reach his audience and almighty Amazon is my king.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Storming the marketplace!

It’s been a long while since I last posted and a lot of changes have happened in my life, but now I’m back! I’m oiling up the promotion machine and getting my books out there. First, I totally re-edited and re-wrote my entire middle grade sci-fi series THE GALACTIC WARRIOR series. Three books brimming with action, adventure, and wild aliens. I’m giving away the first book in the series, SILENT INVASION from June 25-29 on Amazon, so if you haven’t read a copy now’s your chance to see what the hype is all about.

Next, I’ve scheduled several promotions for DROP OUT which is my bestselling novel to date (more than 10,000 copies sold). One is with Riffle Books, another with People Reads, and another with FKBT. I’m also running a free promotion for AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, my inspirational/philosophical novella. This intense story has touched so many lives I’d rather the book be read by everyone rather than making a few bucks off the story. The free promotion for this one starts June 23-27.

And last, I’m also running a free promotion for my paranormal adventure AFTER. This runs from June 24-28. I know that for now I’m giving away three of my books but that is in the hope that readers will like my style and my can’t-put-me-down stories and get interested in my other seven books.

All this promotion aside, I’ve also started the outline for the second book in THE END TIME series and written notes for my planned wildly eclectic philosophical adventure NEVER BORN. I’ll be working on both manuscripts throughout the summer.

One more thing that I think is worth mentioning… recently I’ve seen a lot of authors continually re-titling and redesigning their covers. Some even use a pseudonym pretending to be a different author. These writers are taking advantage of the marketplace by falsely claiming a new title has been written and then making a quick sale off unsuspecting fans. I absolutely abhor this practice. I do believe authors should continually update and revise their manuscripts as errors are pointed out but to blatantly proclaim a new book was written is just hogwash. I still believe that books are an author’s work of art and once titled should be held in that regard. There may come a time when standards and the marketplace force me to change the covers of my books but the title and more importantly my real name will always be the same underneath. Thank you very much.