This one might well be a shorter post than usual, since I don't believe social media in and of itself is a huge driver of sales or audience-building and feel like writing more books is probably a better bet than spending too much time on promotional posts via such networks.
(The possible exception to this is paid promo on Facebook, but I consider that a category of advertising, rather than social media - since the whole idea of social media is being social, ie: interacting.)
I do maintain something of a presence on Twitter and Goodreads, but I try to share stuff or talk books/track my reading process on those two sites. However, on Twitter I do also love to share the art for my book covers and will over indulge in that :D I also post a few links to this blog, but mostly check out what my fellow writers are up to.
There are various book promotion services geared toward twitter and such - two I've trialed over the years are AskDavid and BooksGoSocial and will report on them soon. It can be quite difficult to effectively track such promotional material for sales results.
If you're unsure of whether or where to start with social media, I'd recommend only using a social media platform or two and focus on them rather than spending time trying to cover fifteen different bases. Stick to a few you enjoy, be approachable and don't get sucked into the horse-radish that passes for 'debate' on such sites and you'll probably find social media fun, though perhaps not essential for marketing.
Very happy to report that 'Space and Sorcery' have given me my first review of Greatmask, and I'm also pleased and relieved to report that the conclusion to the trilogy was indeed well-received :D
Here's the beginning (and you can read on via the link below) too:
Now, as the third book starts, we follow each individual group as they struggle to overcome the mounting difficulties: at the beginning this fracturing of narrative threads makes for an apparently disjointed storytelling, but little by little the pieces start to come together to build the main tapestry, non unlike smaller streams that flow into a wider river, and we understand that each single incident is part of an overall – and ominous – picture. And once our “heroes” manage to regroup, the story takes on speed, driving toward a breathless fight for survival.
Today Greatmask launches :) It's available right now in the southern hemisphere and in a few hours if you're up north. So, right to the links then! If you'd like to grab a copy you can click here:
OR if you're new to the series, Book 1 (City of Masks) is 99c during launch week or free via Kindle Unlimited any old time.
A quick but sincere 'thanks' to all who helped me with the any of the books in series, at any step of the way, but especially with Greatmask over the last two years.
Before I take a break (in order to focus on finishing Never's story and also to get some reading done) from the Bone Mask world, which I do plan to return to, I'd like to re-post something I wrote a little while back about the story:
I’m keen to release this one so I can see what folks think of the trilogy’s ending.
Still hoping to reveal the final cover tonight, but even if that doesn't happen, Greatmask, Book 3 of the Bone Mask Trilogy, will be released tomorrow!
I'm very excited that it's nearly here and can't wait to share it with you all :) Oh and check back tomorrow for details on another ebook & paperback comp too.
In the meantime, here's one of my favourite pieces of music, Early Summer by Ryo Fukui - which is rather fitting since for us down here in Oz, it's very late Spring which I guess we'll call 'early summer' :D
Next year I'm most keen to read more - I know I've tried this in the past and failed - but hopefully this year I will actually succeed :D
I've set a personal challenge of sorts over at Goodreads, aiming for ten speculative fiction classics. Now, some of the titles on my list are pretty new for the word 'classic' but I'm taking a few from Hugo lists etc which tend to be good at predicting books that will stand the test of time. A couple are also re-reads, which I'm just as excited about.
Here's the list :)
1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
2. Neuromancer by William Gibson
3. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
4. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
5. 1984 by George Orwell
6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
7. The City & the City by China Miéville
8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
9. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
10. At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
10. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
10. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
This time I wanted to talk a bit about the marketing approach known as ‘perma-free’ (which is where a writer makes an ebook permanently free across the major retailers).
The theory is simple enough – offer a title for free so a potential reader has a zero-risk method for sampling one of your titles, and if they like your book they’ll buy more. The first title is your loss leader and you make up the ‘lost’ income when fans buy your other books.
Of course, some obvious concerns come to mind:
Five days now and Greatmask goes live! Today, a blurb and a reminder for the eBook competition, which will be open until the 25th :)
The Ecsoli have taken Anaskar, raiding the city for bones of the Sea God and holding King Oseto captive in his own palace. Yet there he discovers an even greater threat in the form of his own Greatmask, who grows impatient for the Sacrifice.
Hiding in the blackened streets, Flir must deal with her uncertainty regarding Kanis while gathering a resistance force, where she discovers even her vast strength seems useless before the blue-cloaked Ecsoli.
Beyond the Wards, Ain heads home, ready to face the shame of failing at the Sea Shrine. Instead, he finds mysterious and deadly Darklings hunting his loved ones. In his desperation he makes a startling discovery about his Pathfinder heritage.
Meanwhile, miles distant, Sofia and her father struggle for mastery of Argeon and Osani as they race toward the city. A battered Notch finds himself making a similar journey, just as unsure if he will return in time to help the city in its darkest hour, as enemies pour through its broken walls.
Enter the eBook comp here :)
Greatmask is just seven days away now (26th Nov) and the pre-order has just gone live :)
The pre-order price is $2.99 and the full price $4.99, so you can save a couple of dollars today if you like - or KU members will be able to get it free.
(Final artwork pending)
Just seven days to go until Greatmask is released!
During the lead up to launch, I thought I'd open up a little Greatmask eBook giveaway - all you have to do is send me a short message (in the form below) answering the following question:
The top 3 answers will receive their eBook on the 25th of November :D (Oh, and don't forget to include your eBook format preference.)
Okay, so this won’t be a long post by any stretch but there’s a lot of discussion out there as to whether you should put your books in Kindle Unlimited, so I wanted to add my perspective. Here’s a snippet from a blog post from Free Kindle Books and Tips explaining how KU works for readers:
Basically, Kindle Unlimited is a program where for just $9.99 per month, you can read as much as you want from over 700,000 Kindle books as well as listen to thousands of Audible audiobooks – as many or as few titles as you want for the $9.99 per month fee. You also get a free three month membership to Audible.
As a writer, it’s important to note that the greatest aspect of KU is that it represents a zero-risk option for a reader who is looking to try out a new book/series/author.
In terms of payments, writers are paid per page read.
So whether a reader finishes only 10 pages or if they finish your whole book (maybe it’s 150 or 300 pages, maybe it’s closer to 500) you earn say 0.0043 cents per page read. That figure changes month to month but has been similar for some years now.
At first, it sounds tiny, but it quickly adds up over a series:
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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