Tuesday Tidbits: NaPoWriMo (Day whatever) / Free book update

I have a poem for you. It’s in my litterbox.”

Oh, grumpy cat . . .

I decided not to pressure myself to write 30 poems this month. It’s pretty nice, but here is one I wrote on day three:

Free book promo:

I recently ran a free book promotion for my new poetry collection, A Wonder of Words. Like many self published authors, I have a limited budget, so after many hours of exhaustive research, I choose four companies to advertise with: LutNuts, DigitalBookSpot, JustKindleBooks, and BestBookMonkey.

You may not have heard of any of them, but if you like free and discounted books, they are a few of many companies that you can sign up with to receive weekly/daily newsletters that feature books in preferred genres.

They make their money from self-published authors paying the fee to be included in the mailers, as well as through Amazon affiliate links. Like the outfitters who got rich selling supplies to the miners (most who didn’t get rich) during the gold rush, they mine the miners.

There are few ways for me to reach upwards of 100000 readers, so it’s worth the cost.

  • Wed. LitNuts: 24 downloads
  • Thurs. DigitalBookSpot: 132 downloads
  • Fri. JustKindleBook: 119 downloads
  • Sat. BestBookMonkey: 23 downloads
  • Sun. No Promo: 12 downloads

The result shows I got my book into the hands of 300+ readers. That’s 300 more readers than I would have had I not done any advertising.

I hope they enjoy it.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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