Call me the Mad Scientist of Marketing
Overnight I went from being a closet writer to an obnoxious salesperson pushing my novel on anyone willing to listen. For the past month, I’ve been chained to my desk, working around the clock to attract attention to Saving Ben. My experiment is underway. The Internet is my laboratory and a host of websites make up my variables. My glass beakers are bubbling with book bloggers willing to review my novel, social media pages filling up with likes and followers, websites offering both free and paid promotion for indie novels. No worries. I am keeping meticulous notes of my findings in order to provide you with the results of my experiment.
Amazon is the professor for the course titled KDP Select 101. I weighed heavily the pros and cons before committing to the KDP Select program. The negative is giving Amazon exclusive control over Saving Ben for ninety days. The positive is having the option to offer free downloads of my novel for five days (they don’t have to be consecutive) during that exclusive period. Why give away free copies? Because you have to spend money to earn money. Besides, we are talking about an e-book. The product is a digital download not a paperback book.
To add another variable to my experiment, Amazon announced algorithm changes this week, effective March 1, just in time for my weekend promotion. In a nutshell, all those Amazon-affiliate websites who have been supportive of indie authors in the past will soon be scaling back considerably on the free novels they promote. We will talk more about these changes in this week’s edition of Sunday’s Best.
Do I think Amazon is only out to earn more money? Hell yeah. Amazon is king of the mountain, poised to take over the world. Do I think Amazon is concerned with the well-being of indie authors? Yes. After all, we provide them with product to sell.
All of this means that indie authors have to work harder than ever to promote their novels. Please support the mad scientist, not only by downloading your free copy of Saving Ben but by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads or both.
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Life is sweet for Katherine Langley. A freshman at the University of Virginia, she is free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her new roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour. She is also a psychopath.
When Katherine’s obsessive-compulsive overprotective brother succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously off-track, Katherine must save Ben from himself. Lives are threatened and someone disappears on New Year’s Day. The only evidence left: a single set of footprints in the snow.
From the university campus to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Virginia, Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and betrayal.
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