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.