Life sure is Interesting

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!

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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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2 Responses to Life sure is Interesting

  1. dianesloftis says:

    I must admit 9,600 downloads is amazing! It is wonderful that your “cup runneth over with these excellent experiences! Keep up the outstanding motivation!

    • Thanks for the warm fuzzy, Diane. I have written about this before; while being a good writer helps (certainly for follow-on sales), you must also learn how to promote and market yourself as a writer. Everybody (generally speaking) remembers the name Agatha Christie, and Ernest Hemingway, and Issac Asimov and many others, even though they may not recall a single title from any of those authors (or maybe one). People recall authors and then book titles. Market yourself; then people will buy your books. Writing is one function of being an author; marketing and promotion are skills just as important as writing.

      And please take note; I am not yet a ‘successful’ author. But I am working on that, too!

      I wish you well, Diane!

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