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Free Book Friday (and a 99 cent Book): April 16

There is a dollar sign easily found on the keyboard, but the cent sign? I googled it and this is the instruction:

Here’s a quick way to add the cent symbol to your word doc. On the number pad on your keyboard, make sure the NumLock key is on. Press and hold down the [Alt] key and then press 0162 on the number pad. Then release the [Alt] key.

A quick way? So I follow the instructions and get this: à. OK. try again:☻. Nope. Number lock on. Check. ◙ What the..? Wait. not all at the same time? ¶. Arrrgh! OK.OK. Relax. Alt. 0. 1. 6. 2. (drumroll) Release Alt:

¢ Success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s kinda small though. Whatever. Good enough.

I did add another author’s poetry book to the review list, but other than that, no new promos going on.

Except:

Feel free to pass on the link to any sci-fi fans you know!

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

Get your copy before April 30. Odds of winning? Pretty good.

Click to go to my book page

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Free Book Friday (and Book News): April 9

Before I get to the free books—OK, if you want to scroll down, go ahead, but you’re going to miss the announcement. Actually you won’t because you are going to pass right by it (unless you do it fast). Still with me, or did you already peek? Yeah, I know it’s right there. I can see it too.

I choose my new book cover! Thanks to everyone who gave me their input. It was appreciated.

I guess this is what they call a soft launch. I’ve slowly been replacing the cover graphic on all my sites. The hardest was KDP. Don’t get me started on that. I will be running a $0.99 sale on Amazon starting on April 15, but if you don’t want to wait: The Knot at the End of the Rope

Now that is taken care of, let’s see what delights we have today:

Kindle Unlimited

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

Get your copy before April 30. Odds of winning? Pretty good.

Click to go to my book page

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Free Book Friday: April 2

Here is the next instalment of FBF. Wondering what it’s all about? Here is the inaugural post:

Free Book Friday

Now that you are all caught up, let’s see what delights we have today:

Only one new promo starting this week.

Kindle Unlimited

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

Get your copy before April 30. Odds of winning? Pretty good.

Click to go to my book page

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Free Book Friday: March 26

Note: I posted my Thursday Thoughts this morning and I just now realized it is Friday…Yikes. Here is today’s post:

Here is the next instalment of FBF. Wondering what it’s all about? Here is the inaugural post:

Free Book Friday

Now that you are all caught up, let’s see what delights we have today:

Kindle Unlimited

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

Click to go to my book page

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Some end this month, so please check them out.

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Movin’ On Up: The Amazon Staircase

I’ve said it before – marketing is harder than writing. For indie authors it can be a full time job. Resaeching the best platforms to use, deciding where advertising money is best spent, and promoting your creations without being too pushy, or as one Goodreads group calls it “bookwhacking”

I recently updated my free poetry book on Amazon, changed my keywords using Publisher Rocket, and was finally able to make it perma-free. I posted the free status on a few platforms and after a day or so I noticed this:

#1, #4, and #5 is something I never thought I would see! It only took ~75 downloads to reach that ranking. Now, fingers crossed, some of those readers will become buyers – I think the conversion is 5-10% – and they’ll tell two friends, who will tell two friends… Free Kindle version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083Y6DPLY


Get ready for National Poetry Month and support indie authors!

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More Free Fiascos: Perma-free on Amazon

Yeah. I used the cat again…

Have you ever tried to make your book perma-free on Amazon? I finally did a few weeks ago…or thought I did. Well, it was free. Then about a week later I just happened to be checking my pages (hint: good idea), and noticed that it was back to $0.99.

So I email them, and it gets corrected…or so I thought. Well, it was free – for a while.

So I email them again (today), and it gets corrected. I guess the note: “We retain discretion over determining our retail prices.” means: “We can change it back at anytime without telling you, so that all the readers you told about your free book are now annoyed with you. Have a nice day.”

Want the Kindle Version? Get it while it’s free. It does have a few funnies that are not in the full book:

When will the price get reset again?

  • One day- 20:1
  • One week – 10:1
  • One month- 5:1
  • Never? 100000000:1

-Leon

Weekend Wrap-up: March 20

Welcome to the Saturday post where I share the week on my blog, all in one place – in case you missed it. I also share some of the posts written by others that I found interesting/entertaining/educational.

If you live in Canada/US and you want to add to (or begin) your poetry collection for National Poetry Month (April), here is your chance to win your book for free. You can also just enter the contest to help share your enjoyment of poetry on your platforms (or just share the link): Lines by Leon Win your Purchase

Signed paperback and author designed bookmark

Here are some bloggers of note this week: Drop by and show your support:

Shadow – One of my poems posted on Pen to paper

Smorgasbord Health Column – Turning Back the Clock 2021 – Part Ten – Anti-Aging- Keeping the Brain Young by Sally Cronin

Stop By and Say Hi! Quotes and Writing. – D.L. Finn’s author quotes


Historical Thrillers/Mysteries and Paranormal Stories – FREE Books & Samples – Since I did a post on free books, here is another.

And finally:

Good Reads for Targets of Bullying – Cherie always has great insights into the causes/effects of bullying behavior.

See you for Second Chance Sunday!

-Leon


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Free Book Friday

Where’s Funny Friday? Or Fun Friday. How about another alliterative title? – well partially alliterative.

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called Karma.

My new page will showcase the promotions that I am involved in, and will be updated every Friday. I hope that you will find something new.

Discover New Authors and Free Books

OK. Still with me? Great. Here’s something fun. What is a word that you always misspell? Mine is “definitely”. Don’t know why, but spell check always calls me out on that one. *

*And I had to write a book with post-apocalyptic stories in it in order to learn to spell “apocalyptic”.**

**And I still have to look at my fingers…***

***And it still never looks right


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Free Books: Try before you buy.


I have been using the site StoryOrigin to reach new readers and to distribute sample and review copies of my books. There are many similar platforms for indie authors (some free, some paid) to host their books, cross-promote with other authors, and to find reviewers. I’ve been impressed with what the developer, Evan Gow, has done.

Giving away books is a good way to increase your readership, and hopefully those readers will become fans. Like any form of advertising, authors seek to get a return on investment.

I will start Free Book Friday this week, but since a couple of the promos are ending, I thought I should give them a boost.

Here are some of the current campaigns:

Free samples from three poets:

Find new books for Kindle Unlimited

Free sample copies: Try before you buy!

There are some poetry promos coming up so stay tuned!

-Leon


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Thursday Thoughts: Free books and formatting

My computer is filled with old files. Many of them are different versions of the same thing – mostly poorly formatted eBooks.

When I decided to publish my book of poetry, I thought that it would be a good idea to put together a free sample book of some of my poetry so that reader’s could “try before they buy”, like the free samples at the supermarket*. I later found out, through my continuing research, these are called reader magnets, and learned how important they are to authors (and readers).

My first one was hastily prepared, due to the fact that I was new at this digital publishing thing. There are many options available to prepare the various formats that readers use. Here’s one thing I learned:

What you see in Word isn’t necessarily what you get. Sometimes, it’s not even close.

Once you have your manuscript ready (or so you think), you need to convert them into any of the following formats: Kindle (for KDP publishing), MOBI, EPUB, or PDF. Preferably all of them since not everybody has 7 – or more – different readers. Once you do that, you have to re-do them because they don’t look quite right. Unlike a physical book, eBooks display all your hard work in various different ways, depending on the font size and line spacing the reader chooses. So, if you want a certain line or graphic to be at the top of a new page, you may be out of luck. I say maybe because you can always force a page break (ctrl/enter), but that may mean that the previous page may not look like you planned.

I created many versions, downloaded them to my e-reader, and repeated until for me it was “good enough”. In hindsight, good enough isn’t good enough. It needs to be perfect. With my increased knowledge of the various programs, I reorganized on several occasions, adding important things that I learned about marketing and online publishing. I’ve taken out parts that didn’t fit anymore, and added content.

Why did I decide to write about this? You guessed it. I’m doing it again. How long will it take? Not as long as the first time…

-Leon

*Author’s Note: In the days before Covid, we used to be able to share everything with everyone – even public food on toothpicks. I don’t think we will be going back to that anymore. But I do have fond memories of college, when my roommate and I would save money by eating lunch by going to supermarkets and partaking in the samples. Psst, If you take a hat and a different coat, you can sometimes get away with two rounds…