The project is now out of our hands and in its final validation phase with audio book producer ACX, which is checking for sound quality and consistency. Once ARTL passes this quality control phase, it will be available on Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes. There will no doubt be a part III to this series upon my muddling through promoting the audio book, which is going to be a very different animal from ebook or print promotion.
In the meantime, however, I wanted to give you a few highlights of my experiences working with Lloyd and submitting our project to ACX. There were a few bumps along the way–hopefully, these warning signs will help you when you take your own plunge into the audio book market.
I’ve embarked on a number of low-cost, (hopefully) high-impact advertising ventures to boost my book sales. Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll examine what I’ve done and try to draw lessons and conclusions from the experience. First up…Goodreads!
Basics Goodreads advertising currently comes in two flavors: tiny, highly-affordable self-service ads and large-scale page campaigns coming in at massive cost (when asked about “premium advertising offerings,” Goodreads replied that, unless my budget was over $5,000 per month, I was likely to be more interested in their self-service option. Well, no shit.).
For obvious reasons, I’ll only talk about my experiments with their self-service advertising.
Some interesting things afoot here in Matt Iden Land. To wit:
I’m guest blogging on Omnimystery News today about the inspiration for my protagonist, Marty Singer. If you said Spenser, Reacher, or Pike…you’re way off. Check out the blog to find out why!
Omnimystery is also kindly holding a contest for Blueblood, the second in my Marty Singer series. Three copies (paper or electrons, your choice) being given away. Head on over, read the blog post (you’ll need a code found in my guest post), and enter the contest. Ends October 25! Enter now or be forever cursed!
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A Reason to Live is being featured on the Bawdy Book blog tomorrow, October 19. While ARTLisn’t the steamy norm for this corner of the internet, blogger Jennifer Adams was kind enough to make an exception in my case (hey, there aren’t one but TWO sex scenes in the novel). Please swing by and give her a vote, a comment, or at least one tick upward in her site metrics.
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Kindle Nation Daily is set to run a sponsored excerpt of A Reason to Live on October 23. Their “Free Kindle Nation Shorts Excerpt – Email Blast” goes out to “over 32,000 opt-in email or Kindle edition subscribers.” They’ll be running a 20,000 word excerpt from A Reason to Live that I hope will wow a whole new raft of consumers in time for…well, it’s a little early for Christmas, but never too late to read a book!
This is the last of three recent attempts to buy love on the internet, the other two being ads on Ereader News Today and Goodreads. When all the numbers are in, I hope to do a wrap up on the return on investment (and effort).
“… the stories and the mind behind them are first rate”
– Janis Ian, 4 star review from Assassin
Checked the shadows lately? Assassin is free and afoot, but not for much longer! Snag this story while supplies last…oh, well, it’s digital, so they’ll last forever. But it won’t be free forever. Grab it now!
If you’ve already read it, could you tear yourself away from Grimm long enough to write a short review? Quick, painless, and a huge help to me. For your convenience (flourish)…the direct links to Assassin’s review sites!