This month I am trying Alan Kealey’s Indie Author News (http://www.indieauthornews.com/) This is worth having a look at and seems to be a well presented website for ebook promotion. He offers a number of ways of promoting your book, including front page articles, author interviews, banners, adverts, etc. The costs are reasonable but you have to register before getting the full menu. Suffice to say that I am going for ‘Book Feature’, ‘Author Interview’ and Book Display ‘gold’ which displays for a week, even when the front page changes. In addition, he promotes on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. I have booked the promo for the week starting 14 April and the cost has been 110€. I cannot combine this with a KDP countdown deal because I have to wait 90 days for that and, in any case, my price ($2.99, £1.99) is low enough, I think.
I am on a Goodreads forum that is discussing these promotion websites and the views seem to swing from ‘useful, essential’ to ‘con trick’. The later is based on the fact that there are so many writers using these services that it is akin to shouting from a New York street corner and the increased sales do not cover the cost. However, it’s not expensive and I want to see how it works out in terms of results. You’ll be the first to know!
Here is the kind of information that Alan Kealey needs:
Book Author: Roger Hardy
Book Title: Flight Into Darkness
Genre the Book is listed on Amazon:
Link to your Book on Amazon:
General booklinker: http://getBook.at/FlihtIntoDarkness
– your book (pages, words, general topic)
Flight Into Darkness is in the political thriller genre and has 262 pages in hard copy; around 82000 words.
– when has it been released?
First published on Lulu as paperback 2010. First Kindle edition, 2012.
– self- published via ….?
Lulu and Amazon for the Kindle.
– Book Description (no spoilers)
A shiny new personal jet is lost at night over the vast Saudi desert and air accident investigator James Hayward is assigned to find out why; it was touted as the world’s safest light aircraft and safe aircraft don’t just disappear from radar screens, do they? He and his ex-fighter pilot boss, Katja, are faced with a wall of obstruction, almost denial. However, what they subsequently discover leads them into a web of intrigue and political corruption. They find themselves alone, pitted against a new brand of terrorist; one that is ruthless, resourceful and organized with friends in high places. This is a novel for our time.
– yourself as author (to be written in 3rd person)
Roger Hardy is an aviation man, pilot, aircraft designer and safety regulator. He was born into a service family just before his noble Monarch ascended the throne and has worked in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany before finally settling in Portugal. Although British by birth, he is European by instinct and inclination and currently runs his guesthouse business in the holiday village of Carvoeiro in the Algarve (www.casaluiz.com). He has two grown-up children and, having completed five novels (see http://rogerhardynovels.info/), has now set sail into eBook waters. Outside of reading and writing, he can get a trifle boring on the subject of the operas of Richard Strauss, given half a chance.
– how can readers contact you? (Website, Twitter, Facebook, etc. – two ways you prefer for readers to contact you)
My website: http://rogerhardynovels.info
My blog: https://rogerjhardy.wordpress.com/
Booklinker author link: http://viewAuthor.at/RogerHardy
– what makes your book special?
First, it provides a completely new take on the possible political future for the Middle East; is it a given that the Arabs and Israelis will forever be enemies or can former foes work towards a common cause? It happened in Europe. In addition, I write from the perspective of a former aviation safety regulator, so technically everything is correct and plausible; in fact, the entire premise was based on an aircraft certification that I was involved in. Finally, it is the first novel I know of that deals with the foreign policy initiatives of the European Union – not so dry as it may sound! As I said, it is a novel for our time.