Worldwide sale means thirteen Kindle marketplaces

Pride’s Children is on sale at ALL worldwide Amazon Kindle marketplaces April 26 to May 1, 2016 – 0.99 everywhere.

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IT DOESN’T MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS* – sale details below

Okay; I promised myself this one when my brain-fogged brain figured out that Kindle Countdown Deals are only available for the UK and the US: have a sale EVERYONE who has access to a Kindle or Fire device (or app) can take advantage of.

Amazon is not to blame; country regulations are to blame. At some point in the future, maybe France’s arcane regulations will allow online Countdown sales; don’t hold your breath – the French (or should I say the French government, for good or ill) have all kinds of regulations designed to keep prices for books high, digital books out of the marketplace, and bookstores in business.

It’s their country – their laws and rules and taxes.

The only time it’s my problem is when I wanted to hold a Kindle Countdown Deal for Pride’s Children…

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Pride’s Children’s on its way: reviews starting

 

I’M WORKING ON BOOK 2, I PROMISE.

Even I want to find out exactly how Kary and Bianca and Andrew…

Meanwhile, I leave you lovely reviews on Amazon, 6 so far, by those hardy souls who have finished reading, and taken fingers to keyboards. There are a few on Goodreads, too, if you look me up, and one on Amazon UK (Colm was kind enough to put it on the UK and US websites).

I need to reach something like 25 so that I can advertise on BookBub, should I choose to go that way. It’s expensive, but their ROI (return on investment) is good (according to their own advertising, so there’s that).

I am content for reaction to roll in slowly as long as it doesn’t come to a complete halt, but new books have that long uphill slog to become better known, and mine has the same hill to face as any other: Discoverability. The two ads I ran with the Kindle Countdown generated one or two sales – maybe one of those buyers will review.

The biggest problem I see with sales is not the low rate of return (all newbies get that unless they have a big publisher doing a lot of pushing, or are on Oprah), but that the buyer often doesn’t read what she or he has bought, precisely because it was a bargain. Catch-22 is the name for that phenomenon, because they wouldn’t purchase it at all at full price because they don’t know the author.

Technically, the buyer can read it later. Practically, new bargains often push the impulse buy lower on the stack. I’ve observed this behavior in myself, and I am not unique. I have all kinds of books I thought I’d try, and/or I thought I’d buy to give the author(s) a boost when they had a launch of special deal, sitting on my Kindle or in my Amazon queue.

There is no solution to a Catch-22 except to bypass the whole thing.

DO WHAT ‘THEY’ SAY – GET MOVING ON THE NEXT BOOK

As I said, I never expected huge movement at the beginning – I expect to be treated based on merit, and with the normal discovery speed – so I am putting my BIC* and continuing down the path of revising and polishing the (very) rough draft of Books 2 and 3.

QUESTION: Will I be writing in public again?

That I haven’t decided, but the inclination is not to try to post things as I work. It takes time away from writing.

My main reason for doing it the first time was to enter the conversation about writing and publishing early, and to get a feel for the market.

What resulted was 1) me making a lot of writer friends – in other genres – on places such as Wattpad, and 2) getting a tiny band of followers, some of whom had enough faith in me, an unknown, to follow along from week to week (hoping I would finish the thing they had committed their time to).

I’ve discovered about half the blog readers did NOT read along, for many different reasons, one of which had to be that fear I wouldn’t finish for some reason. The internet is littered with half-finished novels, and novels that were a good start but never got the polish, so I don’t blame anyone.

Now that I know I CAN finish, and that I have developed a reasonable set of publishing skills, I think a better use of my time will be to work straight through rather than taking time to post, especially every week.

If you have a strong opinion on that, please chime in on the comments.

WILL I BLOG? AND IF SO, WHAT ABOUT?

It turns out that I like rambling on about the writing journey, the chinchilla, life in general, and CFS, so I will blog about those as the spirit moves me. Those posts will be at my writing blog.

A FAVOR: if you have a question you would like me to answer ABOUT Book 1 – send me an email at [abehrhardt (at) gmail (dot) com], and I’ll be delighted to answer.

Happy reading – whatever your fancy takes you to. It’s all good.

 

*Butt in chair

Pride’s Children is available in print!

If you are interested in the print version, here are the links:

Amazon print product page

Amazon.UK product page

Amazon.MEX product page  (Hola, familia)

Amazon ebook product page

And thanks!

I believe there may be a sale – but only today (it is Amazon’s sale, probably part of the Christmas sales it runs, not mine, so I have no control). My first print buyer (thanks!) got it this morning and got the discount.

I also believe if you put the book on your Wish List, or follow my Author Page on Amazon, you will be notified when the price changes. Don’t quote me!

The last thing I want to do is to endlessly self-promote.

The blog post about the writing details (Waiting for print…), should you not be following my writer blog, is here.

Pride’s Children’s Spiritual Roots

PRIDE’S CHILDREN IS A MODERN RETELLING OF THE BOOK OF JOB, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

For some reason, I’ve always been angry about the Book of Job. It’s all very fine for God and the Devil to play games over Job, the righteous man. And, yes, I know it’s an allegory.

But when everything is tidied up, and Job is redeemed by his faithfulness, the Bible says everything is hunky dory, and Job has his wives and children and wealth back – but I always noticed the children were NEW children, because the ones he had before were all killed.

I’m sorry, but children are not replaceable widgets, and a lot of care and work and love goes into rearing the ones you have, and that loss was NOT fixable.

Even in Old Testament times. Even if they had to be stoical about the many losses in the ancient world.

I’ve always blamed it on the writer(s) of that particular book being male. So one of the things I set out to do was to show exactly what it means to pay the cost for being faithful. To God. To the ones you love. To your principles.

And my modern Job is a woman.

One way to read Pride’s Children for free: KOLL

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY: Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

And a PRIME membership.

Just figured this out (we’ve had a Prime membership for years):

Go to the product page (link above). IF you have a Prime membership AND own an actual Kindle device, you may borrow a Kindle edition book for FREE every month – and Pride’s Children qualifies. Just select borrow for free next to the Prime symbol to the right of the book cover. Duh, Alicia!

Rankings for books and authors INCLUDE borrows, so if you like, you can read the final, cleaned up published version of Pride’s Children: PURGATORY (Book 1) at no cost to you! And I get credit.

I’m sure everybody else but me knows this, and I probably did at one point (when I was just a reader), but it NEVER OCCURRED TO ME that MY book would qualify.

Did you know this about Prime? Do you use it? You can borrow, yup, do the math, twelve books a year. IF they are available in KOLL and you own a Kindle device. And the publisher has made the book available.

My excuse: brain fog. Ay, ay, ay – what a head! ¡Qué cabeza!

Cross posted at liebjabberings.wordpress.com

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I will never share your contact information.    Alicia