My wife recently received a call from someone from Bookwhirl.com asking for me. They wanted to talk about my “book” and marketing plans they could offer. My wife said she’d take their number, pass it on to me, and get back to them if we were interested. The caller was polite, spoke decent English, and didn’t push.
I don’t often straight-up recommend following other bloggers and writers, but I recently stumbled across UK thriller writer Nick Stephenson‘s blog (noorosha.com) and I’ll tell you: if you’re self-pubbing, you should go there right now.
The man is funny, smart, and is rocketing up the Amazon best-seller lists with a combination of good writing, great PR (check out his covers), and a dissection of the inner workings of Amazon that borders on the preternatural.
He only blogs once or twice a month, but that’s more often than some indie authors (ahem) and his posts are cogent and pure gold for those of us trying to make the ebook industry work for us.
Check out the first book in Nick’s Leopold Blake thriller series, Wanted. It’s perma-free and being downloaded like hotcakes.
This has always been one of my favorite pieces, but to get validation from the tough editorial staff at Amazon makes it all the sweeter!
And I narrowly missed a second feather in my cap when they told me they wanted the original cover. Unfortunately, they couldn’t reach an agreement with the photographer and had to pass (his loss), but I’m incredibly pleased with the new cover, as well.
Please tell your friends! Just 1$1.99 🙂
If you happen to find yourself in the capital next month, make sure you look us up…the event is scheduled to take advantage of the famous Cherry Blossom Festival parade (which will take over all of downtown DC that morning). Admission is free for the signing, though the museum exhibits still require tickets (get them for $4 off by ordering ahead).