Sunday Snippet – PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE by Vijaya Schartz   Leave a comment

Lisa Blackwood:

Just wanted to share a great blog I just found–one that highlights epic fantasy romances. Woot! I’m familiar with Amy Raby and a couple other authors, but there are many I haven’t read….me thinks my TBR pile just got bigger.

Originally posted on Epic Fantasy Romance:

PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE
Curse of the Lost Isle Book 1
by Vijaya Schartz
http://amzn.com/B007K1EGAM
806 AD – Alba (Ancient Scotland)
As the Vikings raid the coast of Alba, Pressine of Bretagne sets out to seduce King Elinas of Dumfries, chosen by the Goddess to unite the tribes against the foreign invader. Elinas, still mourning his departed queen, has no intention to remarry. Head strong and independent, Pressine does not expect to fall for the very attractive, wise and noble ruler… Furthermore, her Pagan nature clashes with the religious fanaticism of the king’s Christian heir, who suspects her unholy ancestry and will stop at nothing to get rid of her.
“An excellent story with clear descriptions of the manners, dress, customs and everything else that existed in the time of Viking Raids in Europe. There is plenty of action, romance, magic, and a wonderfully kind Princess…

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Posted May 16, 2015 by Lisa Blackwood in Uncategorized

Woot! I made it onto an Amazon bestseller list.   1 comment

Okay. So it’s really only a tiny little accomplishment. Stone’s Kiss landed as #100 on the Amazon bestseller list for Sword and Sorcery fantasy. It’s a relatively small pool compared to the ocean that is Amazon, but….Woot! I’m in the middle of a promo run for Stone’s Kiss and over the last few days it has sold about 120 copies @0.99, which equals only about $42 dollars in royalties. Of those 120 copies, about 50 of them were sold today, hence the reason I landed on the bestseller list and why I’ll drop back off again by morning. But I don’t care. The real interest is what will happen in the coming days after the promo ends. 

My hope–that I’ll get a few more good reviews, gain a few new fans, get a few of those before mentioned fans to sign up for my mailing list, and get some sell through on my other titles. Baby steps. So far so good.

Update: Okay, it’s kinda cool that I have to update this already. Stone’s Kiss just climbed from #100 t0 #62. 

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Stone’s Kiss has a new Cover   Leave a comment

Yah!!!

New Cover.

stoneskiss-print (1)I’ve been admiring Marion’s cover designs (Dreamspring Design) for a few months now, and knew I wanted to have my fantasy romance series redone for branding purposes, so I approached her with little to no idea what was possible in regards to illustrations.

Wow. Am I ever glad I went with Marion. She did a marvellous job on the covers. Even seeing the earliest mockups, I couldn’t believe how striking the compositions were going to be. And the finished product…Squeal!

She’s now my go to cover designer for fantasy creatures. (Thank you for bringing Gregory to life—I never thought I’d actually see my gargoyle hero on a cover!)

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::sighes:: Now I have to redo all cover pictures on my website and blog. 

New Cover   1 comment

I’ll be doing a follow-up to my earlier post about KDP Free days very soon. (I’ve decided to wait until the end of the month and then estimate totals etc.)

In the meantime, after reading many blogs and forums and doing a bunch of research for cover designers, I’ve decided to get all my ebook covers done professionally. Because sometimes you should leave things to the professionals. LOL. I’ve gone with two different cover designers (one for each series). Marion Sipe for The Avatars and Hanna James for In Deception’s Shadow.

I’ve gone with two different cover designers (one for each series). Marion Sipe for The Avatars and Hanna James for In Deception’s Shadow.

First up is Betrayal’s Price from my In Deception’s Shadow fantasy romance series. Hanna James did a lovely job with this one.

Drum roll.

 

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My Very Scary 10,000 Book Sales Challenge   1 comment

Lisa Blackwood:

I just had to add this author’s story to my blog…because she’s willing to go to extreme lengths for her craft, and the love of her novels.

Originally posted on HollyAnneHook:

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My name is Holly Hook, and I am a very desperate writer right now.

I have been publishing young adult fantasy and science fiction ebooks for almost 5 years. During this time I have written and published the five book Destroyers Series, a few short stories, an omnibus, the first two books of the Deathwind Trilogy (of which Twisted is the first book) and I’m getting ready to release the first two books of the Timeless Trilogy as well. Many of my stories are about teens who are much closer to the destructive power of nature than anyone could imagine.

During the last five years I have had mild success with selling these ebooks and I have gathered (mostly) good reviews. I have paid for professional covers, invested in good editors and spent hundreds on marketing. I have written and published perhaps 3 or 4 new titles per year, well…

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Posted February 24, 2015 by Lisa Blackwood in Uncategorized

Kindle Select Free Promo Days–Do they still work?   2 comments

There seems to be much talk around the forums about how the usefulness of the Kindle Select Free Days seems to be in decline. Not to mention what Kindle Unlimited has done to [not for] author royalties. And now it seems Amazon had tossed another wrench in things with their new marketing click ads. Anyway, I’ll talk about those other items in coming posts.

I only recently joined the Kindle Select Program, mid-December to be exact. As I only had one book and a free short story out on the other platforms (and I’d recently gotten my rights back from my publisher for the other two) I figured why not give Kindle Select a try. They demand exclusive rights to your titles for 90 days, but as I said, with no sales of note, joining wasn’t really an issue.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was a great deal of work. lol. I had to re-edit, format, and create new covers. And while I was at it, I decided to do the same with all of them. And, Bad Author, did I ever find a big number of grammar issues and typos to be fixed. At least the last six weeks I’ve lived in the writer’s cave was worth it.

Now, Kindle Free Days:

The idea is that by giving away a truck load of ebooks for free, you might gain notice/readers. In other words, gaining future sales of your other books by building a fan base. Which, as a new indie author, is (or should be) your main goal.

However, you’re only allowed 5 Free Promo days for each 90 days Kindle Select period. (Or you can do a Kindle Countdown Deal if you wish. I’ll try that in the future.)

I enrolled Stone’s Kiss first, and broke up its Free Promo period into two segments, running one for 3 days just after Christmas and another mid-January for 2 days. During the Christmas 3 day run, I promoted it only with Digital Books Today and got 1100 downloads, which isn’t a gold rush, but not too terrible either. The second one I promoted with the site, The Fussy Librarian. And with that one I gained another 300 downloads.

So, sum total: 1400 downloads. (not horrible for very, very limited promotions)

But because of the Free promo giveaways, I’m now averaging about four sales/borrows a day. Which is up from the two or three a month I was getting. lol. I should point out that I have very limited time, so focused on writing other novels instead of promoting.  It just makes more sense to me that if you’re going to spend time and money on promotional stuff, you should have other novels out for readers to move onto next. More bang for your buck and all that.

A look at the numbers: I found—> 1400 free downloads resulted in about $100 USD in residual sales/ borrows.

Yes, still peanuts, but it will be interesting to see how Betrayal’s Price, my current Freebie, affects my sales.

With this one, I decided to run it for 5 days at once, with sites promoting on different days so I could compare the different sites and learn how well each worked. (I’ll admit, some of the paid site felt a little like tossing money into a blackhole, but those ones I never parted with more than $10, so am not too concerned if the don’t pan out.)

So far I’ve had a greater number of downloads. Day one: 2523 free downloads. With it sitting at #2 in Sword and Sorcery and #67 overall (Woot! I never thought I’d make it into the top 100 Free in Kindle list) And this with me only promoting on the second tier sites, as you have to have 8-30 good reviews to be accepted by the bigger sites, and Betrayal’s Price had only been out for two weeks, so doesn’t have any reviews yet. Good, bad, or otherwise.

 

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Now, I don’t know if the dowBeautiful archery woman aiming, smoky backgroundnloads were helped along because a lot of non-football fans were looking for something to do to avoid the superbowl or if the crap weather help, or if FreeBooksy, bknight on ffiver, and Book Angel really are that good.

 

 

I’ll be posting more updates in the coming days, so stay tuned. And if you’re interested Betrayal’s Price is still free until Feb 5th. So if a Romantic Fantasy Sword and Sorcery adventure is your kind of book, give it a try and tell your friends and family about it.   <——- Look, See. I do attempt to promote. lol. 

Stone’s Song Cover   Leave a comment

And here is the finished cover for Stone’s Song (The Avatars Bk.2) Yes, I finally published Lillian and Gregory’s second novel. I know, I’m slow. lol. But better late than never, right?

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