Happy New Year by the way! This is my first blog post for 2016 and there have been quite a few things happening in the past month, since I wrote to you about ‘Building The Brand’. Many thanks to those that read it and to those that spread the word, far and wide, to point you towards it.
The third book in The Phoenix series escaped on December 23rd.‘Nothing Is Ever Forever’ has a handful of good reviews so far, with several readers still to pronounce their findings. What is it they say about ‘the best laid plans’?
I decided to keep the book on pre-order from late November on Amazon, with around two dozen copies provided for my ‘first responders’ in the hope that on launch day, or very soon after, there would be a glut of favourable comments.
Christmas/New Year is obviously not the best time to plan this type of strategy. No doubt, family and friends, plus an existing list of books to be read, meant that it would be a little while before my book was read. Never mind.
Throughout January there have been several promotions running on Twitter and Facebook that have paid dividends. More ‘likes’ on my Author Page, more visits to my reinvigorated website and lots of support from BooksGoSocial and Independent Author Network. Some new avenues too, with Being Author and Boost My Book running daily tweets.
I hope you like the new theme for the website? You’ll have spotted the sign-up area too for my new venture – The Phoenix Club. Many indie authors have an email list of readers. It makes that bond stronger between author and reader, more personal I believe, and as such there are some ground rules that on my part will always be followed. If you entrust me with a direct contact link, then I should respect that and ensure that what I post to you is appropriate and not overly frequent.
The sort of welcome message I would like you to receive, if you signed up to join me on my journey would be: –
I’m excited to welcome you as a member of my Phoenix Club community. My newsletters focus on what I’m working on, what’s next for the brand, as well as keeping you in the loop about new releases and free/special offers. As soon as we hit 100 members – ALL their names will be entered into a draw; the winner will receive a Kindle Fire (worth £49.99). This draw will be repeated at the end of each quarter. Each month there will be additional gifts (free copies of my titles; perhaps a short story not available elsewhere and other ‘goodies’)
This is just the start of what I hope to offer you as we move forward in 2016 and beyond. If you recall my words from last month – a consistent message throughout. One newsletter per month, no more, no less. So like The Phoenix, spread your wings and sign up today. I’d love to have your company.
The Olympus Project (Book 1) is now FREE on Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble (Nook) across both the UK and the US.
Gold, Silver & Bombs (Book 2) is at the reduced price of £0.99 ($0.99) now that ‘Nothing Is Ever Forever’ (Book 3) has been released.
On February 1st I start on ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’ in earnest. Book Four in the series will be available at the end of March. For members of The Phoenix Club only. Amazon readers and the rest will have to wait a little longer!
Look out for the next blog post in mid-February and for ALL my titles on Amazon just click on the button!
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