I’ve seen several articles recently on the potential for people to profit on sales of promotional materials, bypassing the Publisher and Author. These may come from promotional materials from big publishers and from various giveaways. The “buy box” program on Amazon has set off some of these articles. People who sell well at lower prices can get a “buy box” and thus become the first source of a buyer’s selection on Amazon. I do giveaways and think it’s a good promotional practice when launching a book. I cannot see a giveaway of ten books as making much of a “buy box” opportunity. Just to be on the safe side, I made a change in my giveaway practice with my latest giveaway. I simply put on the title page inside, “to name of giveaway recipient” and then sign the page. Normally I send unsigned books to giveaway recipients. I assume that giveaway recipients want to read the books not use them for sales. By putting their name on the book, it personalizes the books and makes them less sale-able, for those books cannot be sold as new.
Audio book for Freedom, 250,000 BC is just out on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. I’m doing a GIVEAWAY of codes to receive a free copy of the audible book from Audible. I hope to build ratings and reviews on Audible and/or Amazon for the book and the reader. Gotta admit this is great fun! It’s every bit as exciting for me as holding a new paperback! Use the form on this site to email me, if you’re interested in the code for the free book. I’ll email you the code and process. First come, first served. The codes are limited.
To hear a sample follow this URL https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-250-000-BC-Popocat%C3%A9petl/dp/B071LP1SW8/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1496182196&sr=8-1&keywords=bonnye+matthews There will be an arrow that plays a sample on the left under the image.
Starting May 11 until May 31, How to Market Books to Libraries and Readers in the Digital Age: Constructing Major Email Platform Planks will be on giveaway. Now’s your opportunity to get the book mailed to you from the author at no cost. Ten books have been set aside for this giveaway. Use the Goodreads link and take a look.
Back in 2012 when my first book came out, a truck-driver came over to my table and asked if I had audible books. I told him I didn’t. He let me know he really wanted to read my book, but he’s a truck-driver, and he listens to audible books. I looked into audible books. Paying a producer was so far over my spending limit that I stopped looking. Not long ago I found ACX, a publisher of audible books where they hook up writers with producers. ACX offers a variety of ways authors can pay producers, and one of the ways is shared royalty. I realized that someone at my level of budget could actually have audible books. I put my books on their site and as soon as I put up my novellas, I received a request from a producer. He listened when I asked if he could make a little change on his audition tape (five minutes of reading my book); he listened; the re-do was perfect. The first novella audible book (see below) is about to come out. I’m so excited! And it has cost me nothing so far, except $30 to get the cover from my novella squared by the designer. When I listened to my novella read from end to end it was an experience that is different from anything else I’ve experienced in the writing world. It parallels the feel of a newly published book finally in your hand. If you’re interested in audible books, it’s affordable today. The producer is working on the second novella right now. (My novels may be too long for shared royalty, but I’ll keep trying.)
Sometimes serendipity occurs. Today was my day. An article from National Geographic came out announcing human presence in the Americas back to 130,000 years ago! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/mastodons-americas-peopling-migrations-archaeology-science/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20170425news-earlyamericans&utm_campaign=Content&sf73751125=1.
This is one of the few times a national publication dared to cross the border into the six figure date of humans in the Americas, though there has been evidence for quite some time. The United States and Australian archaeological powers that be hold fast to their beliefs despite what comes out. It might be noted they are alone among world archaeologists. Already US archaeologists are pooh poohing the whole idea, standing on their skepticism. They haven’t been there or examined the findings. I have, on the other hand today, been suggesting that a comparison can be made with my Amazon Author page at http://amzn.to/2kV68d3. I’ve seen the evidence and heard the skepticism. It’s past time for dialog!
I attended the IN PRINT event at the Anchorage Museum April 8, 2017. There were nine of us authors at the event. I carried my dioramas to decorate my table and add depth to the books. It would, I hoped give me a clue whether the dioramas were a draw to the table, and whether they had value to lead to a discussion of the books. The event was a delight and the dioramas were very effective. I’ll use them as often as I can. Here they are:
The GOODREADS GIVEAWAY has been approved. The GIVEAWAY for Courage, 30,000 BC: The Boqueirao Refuge at Pedra Furada begins at 12 am PT March 14 and ends 11:59 pm PT on March 31. To participate either go to GOODREADS GIVEAWAY or click the button here:
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In preparing my marketing library email list platform, I am seeing library website after website, and they are communicating to me. It makes me reflect on two lines in Robert Burns’ poem from 1786 “O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!” I’ll leave the title alone.
Some libraries present surprises. They’re delightful to encounter when your work involves repetitive hunting for appropriate email addresses. The Desert Foothills Library in Arizona at http://www.desertfoothillslibrary.org/. Look for the Get Involved tab on the yellow banner at the top of the page. Click on pale blue line that says Homebound Delivery Volunteer Information. Read about their Book Buddy Service. What a lovely service, and they screen the volunteers.
The image of the Library at Alexandria that follows is available courtesy Wikimedia Commons and is Authored by Wikimedia and licensed by CCA-SA 4.0. The Library at Alexandria is probably the most famous library in the world. The Library was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. How the Library came to its end is actually uncertain. There is the story that Caesar’s troops accidentally burned it to the ground in 48 BC, but that is unproven. It may have fallen to disuse as the Ptolemy line drew to a close. Odd that the most famous library met its end and no one knows for a certainty how or why. It is my hope that libraries across the USA will continue to flourish for another couple of thousand years and another couple after that and . . .