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Yeah,  it’s a waste of time.  I promise any writer out there that Social Media is going to do very little to help you promote your work.  Trust me.  I’ve been at it for while  (many years,  less than some, more than most others).

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But what else is there?  Think about it.  How does any writer get the word out about their book(s)?  All the “traditional” means  (and let me add here that anytime someone uses the word “traditional” in regards to book marketing, one should immediately assume they know very little about book marketing in 2014)  –   store visits, readings, NY Times ads (ha),  are truly not within the realm for most new authors.  This is the case EVEN if your work is selected by a large publishing house.  They are not going to invest any money in your marketing.  You’re not worth it.   Suck it up.  Get real.

So I repeat – “What else is there”?  Nothing.  So go ahead and have fun.  But  realize that Social Media is NOT going to sell books.  I’m not saying don’t participate, you should.  But do it SOLELY for the Social Aspect.  Swap pictures with friends.  Meet other writers.  Follow your family members to see what they’re up to.  That’s the TRUE value of Social Media for writers.  Connecting with others, being social.

And the truth is, there isn’t anything else.  Get ready for a load of disappointment.  Very, very, very, very few books get noticed.   Yours won’t be noticed.  I promise.

In the end, the adage holds true in this world of self-publishing just as it does in the “traditional” world.  The ONLY way to sell books is word of mouth.  Readers have to tell other readers that your work is worthy of investing time.  Yeah, yeah, I know there are exceptions.  Hey, some folks win the lottery.  Smart folks don’t bet on exceptions, they bet on reality.  

Make your book the best it can be.  Expect NOTHING to happen.  Write 3 more books.  Expect NOTHING to happen.  Improve your craft.  Re-write one of the books you’ve already published and make it BETTER.

Quality work is the only path to success.   And make sure your ONLY marker for success is that you’ve published the very, very, very best book that you can create.  Big sales are like winning the lottery and you won’t win.   But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and have personal growth.  Just don’t expect that there will be any growth in your bank account.

  I hope you’ll visit Amazon and grab a copy of one (or both) of my books.   I have them on sale (previously 4.99 and 3.99)  for a limited time.    $2.99/ea.

Here are the books and some details   –  

         “Shades of Gray”    and  

  “When His Dreams Take Flight”   

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             Wanna get a great deal on a Thrilling Read????    

                                    Do you live in UK-land ???

Drop by  AmazonUK  and pick up a copy of “When His Dreams Take Flight”   for  .99p  (hurry,  ends soon!)

http://amzn.to/1kfOeNS

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kate                              Kate Upton does not endorse this book.

Nor does she appear in the novel.  Just thought you’d like this picture.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

   My most recent novel is on sale……   99 cents  on Amazon.  (can be read on any eReader, laptop, mobile device)

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I hope you’ll grab a copy…..here’s the link       http://amzn.to/17aKR3G

Here’s the Book Trailer –    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XwS2h2DTC8

And the set up —

Have you ever dreamed you were flying? If so, you know how exciting that type of dream can be. High School Principal Nick Townsend had those dreams regularly, and he used to enjoy them.

But in late 2012, after losing another battle against the mighty tequila demon, he awakens the next morning remembering a dream of an elementary school shooting in progress. When he sees the details from his dream on the news, he knows that he’s been given a gift (curse?) and the next time he drinks and dreams, he enlists his best friend to help him stop a shooting in Arkansas.

As his alcoholism continues to haunt him, he must decide whether to try and save more students from certain death. He wants to do the right thing. But should he risk his life when his lovely fiance is carrying his child? Will he win the war against tequila? And what if he drinks and dreams again, only to find that the next shooting is happening at HIS SCHOOL?

 

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Any of you that picked up a new eReader device over the holidays will want to get connected to KND for a daily dose of good reads, free books, sponsored titles, and much more.

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After the horrific events last year in Newtown CT, I became obsessed with a story idea where a High School principal receives a special “gift”  that allows him to know, in advance, when a school shooting is going to happen.    As is the case for writers like myself, these story ideas can only be purged from our brains with furious typing, editing, rewriting.    What would my main character do if he had this “gift”?   — 

Could he stop these shootings?    What could cause these visions ?   What would he risk to save children?         (click here to read a sample) 

This novel is Free for eBook readers from 12/11 to 12/13/20013.    Just visit Amazon.com

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My story only makes a brief mention of the Sandy Hook incident,  I didn’t feel that it was prudent to make any actual shooting a part of the novel, so all of the incidents in the book are fiction.  The story, however, is very current and  plays out over the spring and summer of 2013.  I hope you’ll grab a copy and that you enjoy the story.       Here are some brief details  (more info at Amazon, of course)

Rated R (for language, adult situations) ,     Genre –  Thriller/Suspense,      Length –  54k words (short)