Monday, July 16, 2012

Post-Promotion . . . Post

The free five-day eBook promotion for my novella,  "A Fairy for Bin Laden" went even better than my highest expectations, with triple the number of downloads I had projected.  It peaked around #70 on the free books in the Fantasy category, and even gave a paid sales bump to "O'Reilly's Sacrifice;" it reached #66 in Sports Fiction on Friday.

Thanks to everyone for participating or helping to spread the word.

I'll be putting on a free promotion for "O'Reilly's Sacrifice" in early August; look for it.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Rocketing into the Top 100

I had certain expectations and goals when I started this promotion, but in three and a half days I've already doubled my download target for the whole 5-day period--along with some very nice 5-star reviews.

In addition, the story's crept into the top 100 in Amazon's very loaded and competitive Fantasy category.

Thanks to everyone for your support, and for making this happen.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rockin' and Rollin'

After only two full days of the free Amazon promo for my novella, "A Fairy for Bin Laden," I've exceeded my targets and expectations for the full five days.  I thank everyone who's participated, and I hope you enjoyed the story.

It's been hovering around 2,000 in the Amazon rankings; help me give it a bump into the upper tier by telling friends, family, and fellow readers about the promo, and encouraging them to leave a review on Amazon.

Don't have a Kindle?  Email me or leave a comment below, and I'll send you a .pdf file to read.

Let's keep this thing moving!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad . . .

The free promotion of my novella, "A Fairy for Bin Laden," about a foot-high pixie who helps the CIA and Army hunt down Osama Bin Laden, has really taken off, with far more downloads than I expected in the first 24 hours, and has pushed the sales ranking for the piece from the 400-thousands (out of over one million) to around 2,000 (1,964 as of this posting.)

My goal was to gain exposure, build an audience in advance of the publication of my epic fantasy near the end of this year, and to spur sales of my other available novella.

As Meatloaf once sang, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."  So far, the free download has not translated to a bump in sales of the other work, but I am getting exposure, and reviews are starting to trickle in.

Help me by spreading the word to family, friends, and other readers of the genre; if I can crack the top 1000 with your help, and the top 100 in a genre ranking, I'll gain even more visibility, and this thing will really take off.

Sorry about the Meatloaf reference, in case that brings back any horrible memories.  For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, DO NOT search for that on YouTube--you'll be sorry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Promo! "A Fairy for Bin Laden" is Free Until Saturday Night

Free book promotion! Starting today, my novella, "A Fairy for Bin Laden," about a foot-tall pixie who helps the CIA and Army track down Osama Bin Laden, will be available for download for FREE through midnight Saturday 7/14.

I ask, as always, that you consider leaving an honest review on Please help me build an audience with word-of-mouth -- spread the word to your friends or readers you know that enjoy that genre.

Those of you without Kindles can read the work on the free Kindle Reader apps available for all smartphones, PCs and laptops.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Back in the Saddle; New Story on Amazon

Things have slowed on the writing front coincident with a much needed vacation: a scuba-diving trip to Bonaire.

But not only am I back in the real world, I've published another story, now available for Kindle on Amazon.

"O'Reilly's Sacrifice" is a tale about a rabid Boston Red Sox fan who, in 2004, attempts to lift the "Curse of the Bambino" from the team.

The Curse of the Bambino:

In 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold of one of their rising young stars to the New York Yankees. That rising star just happened to be George Herman Ruth. The Babe. The Bambino. Babe Ruth.

You may have heard of him.

After the sale, Ruth went on to star as perhaps the most famous--if not the greatest--ballplayer of all time for the hated rival Yankees, who won championship after championship, while the Red Sox labored under nine decades worth of  inexplicable misfortune and frustration; many came to believe the team had fallen under a curse.

It had.

On October 17, 2004, the beleaguered Red Sox were down, three games to none, to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. The team was trailing, late in the game, facing elimination.

But a despairing and determined Red Sox fan decided to take matters into his own hands and lift the Curse -- with a little bit of dark magic, a hostage sportswriter, and the ultimate sacrifice.

Also included in the download is bonus materiel: an excerpt from my novella, "A Fairy for Bin Laden," a story about a foot-high pixie who helps the CIA and Army track down Osama Bin Laden.

Both stories were a lot a fun to write, and I'm sure they'll be a lot of fun to read.