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Happy Veterans Day Giveaway: Thank our veterans!

Kindle give away for Serpents Underfoot!

Happy Veterans Day! In honor of Veterans Day, the Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot will be available from Amazon.com for free on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th. There are no gimmicks or requirements! However, if you were to enjoy the book and want to give me a review on Amazon, I would not strenuously object.
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A few Happy Veterans Day quotes:

I’m trying to raise the awareness of the troops that, when they deploy and go to war, it’s not just them at war – it’s also their family. Their family is having to go through all the hardships and the stresses. ~ Chis Kyle
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us. ~ Tom Clancy
The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect. ~ Bill Frist

And, a few Happy Veterans Day cartoons!

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Gary Varvel, The Indianopolis Star, garyvarvel.com
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Dave Granlund, http://www.davegranlund.com
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Dave Granlund, davegranlund.com, politicalcartoons.com

On a more personal note:

We all need to give Veterans Day and our veterans the respect they deserve. Members of my family have served this nation going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Several of my best friends have been Vietnam Vets. This is not unique and I am sure there are many families like mine. People who love this country and are willing to write that blank check to serve and protect it. When you see a veteran … thank him, shake his hand, or even buy his lunch. He has certainly earned it!

Promoting Your New Book? Have You Tried Libraries?

Book Promotion 101

promotingYou are a self-published author and you have published your first work. Unfortunately, it is not flying off the shelves at Amazon.com. You are selling some books and getting some great reviews, but real success seems to be so slow in coming. Establishing yourself as an author takes time and hard work. Now, is when the real work begins. You have to begin promoting your book. There are a lot of ways to do this. Amazon.com offers promotion tools. You can join Goodreads, BookBub, AuthorsDB and other online book promotion communities. I am sure you have a website. a Facebook Fan Page, and a blog. You do book signings when you can.

What else can you do to promote your book?

Have You Thought About Promoting Your Book Through Libraries?

People who read often go to libraries. I have been donating copies of my book to any libraries that are interested and so far, they have all been. What I am after here is name recognition. You want people to check your book out from the library, read it, and enjoy it. Then you want them to tell their friends how much they enjoyed your book. This library idea is something i am currently trying. And, to be honest, I am not sure how well it will work. But, it certainly can’t hurt!  If anyone else has tried this, I would be happy to here their comments or suggestions.

So far my book, Serpents Underfoot, is in four libraries and will very soon been available in several more. It is currently available at the Inlet Public Library in Inlet, NY, the Raquette Lake Library in Raquette Lake, NY, and the Old Forge Public Library in Old Forge, NY. It is also in the Southern Regional Library in Durham County, NC. In addition, it will soon be available in the Wake County Library system, the Knoxville Public Library system in Knoxville, TN and the Clinton, Oak Ridge, and Norris public libraries also in Tennessee. Getting your book placed in the “Local  Authors” section of your local library can’t hurt either!

Another Benefits Of Using Libraries

Another benefit I can see is that many libraries purchase books through Ingram Spark. I used Ingram Spark to produce the hardcover version of my book. If your book gets good circulation, I think you can be pretty confident that these libraries will be open to purchasing future works by you as they are published.

Any Experience With Libraries You Want To Share?

Again. this is basically an experiment on my part and I am not sure how well it will work, but I believe it has real potential if you can handle donating a few books now for success later. I will keep folks posted on whether or not this works out for me. Also, I am interested in hearing of your experiences if you have tried this and you are willing to share. Promoting a book as a self-published author takes time and effort. Anything you can do to help is probably a good thing. I believe it is a lot of trial and error to find out what works for you. You try a lot of ideas over time and some of them work. If you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it surely will stick!

Goodreads Reviews: Do They Matter? Of Course They Do!

Goodreads Reviews Do Matter!

goodreads reviewsDid you know that you Goodreads reviews appear on much more than just Goodreads? Goodreads also exports reviews to Google Books, Powells.com, USAToday.com, as well as others. While book reviews on any site help, Goodreads reviews seem to go a bit above and beyond others!

It is for that reason that I appreciate so many folks taking the time to review Serpents Underfoot on Goodreads! So, thank you, Jeffery Gordon Pearce, for your 5 STAR review. And, thank you, John Karlson, for your 4 STAR review.

Chasing reviews is a waste of valuable time that could be better spent otherwise promoting your work. However, there is no doubt that good reviews will help spark reader and buyer interest in your work. So, by all means, keep tabs on those reviews. Just, don’t let chasing those reviews become your primary goal. After all, you should have writing projects to work on as well!

Special Offer

If you order a personalized copy of Serpents Underfoot before August 31 and use the promo code, SEAL, on checkout, you will get 20% off the cost of the book and free shipping! Why the heck are you waiting?  Just saying!

Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills

Mixed Reviews on Goodreads?

Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover that I had a few more great reviews for my novel, Serpents Underfoot.  These reviews are by Goodreads members who have actually read my book and who I do not know! It is one thing when a friend or family member reads your book and tells you how great it is. But, when a stranger enjoys your book and says so … how fun is that!

Therefore, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Garrett Lee and Kevin Keegan for your FIVE STAR reviews and A Standley for your FOUR STAR review. It means a lot to a writer to get some response to his work, good or bad.

Use reviews to improve your writing skills!

Good reviews are motivational and we all love to get them. However, bad reviews, if honest and to the point, can be very instructional. I am sure there are readers out there who will simply not like my work. Such is life. But constructive criticism can go along way toward improving your writing skills. So, instead of getting angry or upset over bad reviews, view them as tools to improve your writing skills. Take the comments and look to see if the review you are upset about is indeed on to something.

You can always just ignore the occasional cranky reviewer with nothing real to add to the conversation.

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My Tenth 5-Star Review and Why Does it Matter?

My Tenth 5 – Star Review … The Big Double Digit Has Been Hit!

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Wowsers! I just received my tenth 5-star review for Serpents Underfoot on Amazon.com. Do book reviews on Amazon.com matter? I would say that depends on your goals. I have read that pursuing reviews for the sake of pursuing reviews is a waster of time. I am not sure of that. Perhaps, if you take it to an extreme …. I mean, after all, anything taken to the extreme can be bad for you. Even too much Rocky Road ice cream can have a negative effect. You can trust me on that one!

Your reputation and name recognition

As an author, your reputation is perhaps your most valuable asset. What people say about your books matters. It matters to other readers who may buy your book, tell their friends about it, or recommend it to other readers. And, just maybe give your book an online review themselves. Online shoppers often rely on reviews when deciding which products to buy. In fact, 93% of online shoppers say that their buying decisions are influenced by online reviews. So, if you are not already a Tom Clancy (which I certainly am not), and you are a new self-published author who is trying to stake you claim, I think good reviews are pretty darn necessary.

A Review Can Affect A Customer’s decision to purchase.

While I prefer brick and mortar stores, I do sometimes purchase online, often from Amazon.com. I do like to check products out before I buy. Therefore, I do rely on customer reviews to help in my decision-making. Why should book buying be any different. I certainly have my favorite authors such as Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum, Alistair MaClean, Louis L’amour, and others. So, if someone recommends a book by a new author to me, I will often search on Amazon to see what other readers have to say about the book.

On another note …

In celebration of Memorial Day weekend this year and tin honor those who sacrificed so much for our country, the Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot will be available for download the entire weekend.  If you are a Kindle user, I hope you will take advantage of this and that, if you do, you enjoy the book!

So, back to the original point of this rather rambling post, I want to thank you, Name_Not_Returned, whoever you are … for giving me my tenth 5-Star review!