I set up a free download promotion for the Kindle version of my first novel, “The Big Bend” for November 2nd and 3rd. About a month before the promotion began, I applied to both “Pixel of Ink” (http://www.pixelofink.com/) and “Ereader News Today” (http://ereadernewstoday.com/), asking that they announce the free download promotion for me. These two web sites the serve the eBook reader market by providing news blasts filled with free and discounted eBook titles via their web sites and email subscription services. ENT was interested enough to give my novel space in their Sunday email notice. Those few hours of promotion boosted the number of downloads of TBB to over 9600 for the 2-day period. Wowie-zowie!
Thank you Ereader News Today!
I have seen a few comments from readers of “Hog Valley” about the sad state of formatting when the novel is read on the Kindle. I am going to spend today formatting the text again and getting it re-published. This means that sometime in the next day or so the novel will be unavailable for between 12 and 24 hours (12 hours in the States and 24 every place else). However, I will make available to everyone who has already downloaded “Hog Valley” the option to download an updated version once I have it re-published. You may have to go into your “Manage your Kindle” page on Amazon to access the updated version (it will not be ‘pushed’ to you – you will have to choose to download the new version).
My big problem with doing this now is that I fully expect some of those nearly 10,000 new readers to want to purchase the follow-on novels in the series, so I am reluctant to interrupt the availability of the novel. But it will only be unavailable for 24 hours at the most. I hope buyers will show some understanding and patience during this period.
The weekend of November 10 well see the celebration of “Ocali Days” at the Silver River State Park in Ocala, Florida (http://www.floridastateparks.org/silverriver/Events.cfm). I will be there on that Saturday, working as a volunteer, either parking cars or driving a cart around the property. There is always something new to be seen at this annual festival. This year, my good friend Mickey Summers, the artist who has done the art work for every book cover of my novels, will be selling his artwork at the festival.
No matter what else might convince you to visit Silver River State park on this weekend that alone should be enough to get you off the couch.
I am started to get excited about working on the 5th novel in the Big Bend series, which is sort of wasteful right now, because I won’t have the time for that until the first of December. But what the heck; I can dream, can’t I?
Elections for the President of the United States will take place on November 6. Whatever else you have planned for that day, get out and vote!