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Starting out as an indie author: Where to promote a 99c eBook sale

Interesting look at advertising results. I paid $9 for an ad with The Fussy Librarian for my epic fantasy Necropolis and was disappointed that I did not net even one sale. Ruth seems to have had different results, though.

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Starting out as an indie author

In my ongoing attempts to bump my sales again, I tested a 99c sale with Shadow of Stone last week, from Dec. 15-19. In this post, I’d like to share my results, along with the resources I’ve put together, a list of sites where you can have you sale book listed, both free and paid.

First of all, some info on what I did and the results. About ten days before my sale started, I wrote to all the sites below that offer free listings (except the Naughty List, since the book is not romance or erotica). I organized two free listings for specific days, as well as two paid ads, as follows:

Fussy Librarian, 12/16 ($14 for historical fiction)
BKnights, 12/17 ($5.50 – $5.00 + 50c Fiverr fee)
Booklover’s Heaven – 12/18 (Free)
Bestebooksfree – 12/19 (Free)

Before the sale, Shadow of Stone had not sold a copy in…

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How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

A disgusting look at the duplicitous of the publishing industry.

David Gaughran

Cerf1Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” And if a courageous editor hadn’t reversed his decision to kill her story, it might never have happened.

Mitford had been aware of The Famous Writers School’s existence for some time. Anyone who was a frequent reader of newspapers, books or magazines would have seen its ever-present advertisements, inviting aspiring writers to cut out and apply for the free aptitude test. While Mitford was suspicious, she didn’t have anything concrete until her lawyer husband took on a new client.

Bob Treuhaft was approached by a 72-year old widow, living on Social Security, who had cleaned out her bank account to make a down-payment to The Famous Writers School. On the…

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Antarctica’s farthest frontier: The strange story of the Pole of Inaccessibility Station.

Interesting tale about one of my obsessions – Antarctica!

SeanMunger.com

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What’s the farthest away you can get from everything and still be on planet Earth? The easy and obvious answer is Antarctica, which is a fascinating place with an astounding history, but it’s still a very large place. Where in Antarctica is, technically and scientifically, the “farthest” place on Earth? I did not know the answer until yesterday, but it’s a place called the South Pole of Inaccessibility. It was first reached by human beings 56 years ago today, on December 14, 1958, and its story is as epic as any tale of exploration or discovery in recent human history.

The Pole of Inaccessibility is not the same as the South Pole. While the geographic South Pole is the southernmost point on Earth, where the axis of its rotation intersects its surface, the Pole of Inaccessibility is the place, mathematically calculated, to be the farthest distance from land anywhere in…

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Check out the Read Tuesday Catalog for Black Friday Book Deals in December

It’s here! Today is READ TUESDAY. Both Necropolis and The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior are available for just $.99. Woo hoo! Follow the links here to find the lower prices: https://xuwriter.wordpress.com/published-works/. And browse the below for lots of other excellent offers.

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READ TUESDAY CATALOG

It’s the second annual Read Tuesday—a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Several of the participating books are already on sale.

The Read Tuesday catalog is now up.

We have both print books and e-books participating. (Did you know that e-books can be gifted? Learn how here.)

Choose one of the following pages, depending on your interests:

(1) Kindle Deals

These Kindle e-books are on sale. Find several low-priced deals (even freebies):

http://readtuesday.com/countdown-deals

(2) Buy the Print Book, Get the Kindle Edition Free (Great Gift Option)

These books take advantage of Amazon’s MatchBook tool, setting the MatchBook offer to free. First purchase the print edition at Amazon, then get the Kindle edition for free. Read the instructions at the top of this catalog (click the following link) to learn more (it includes pictures to help make sure that…

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