Free Book Friday: July 2

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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 poetry collection is available to read on Wattpad or Inkitt

Free Reads from Story Origin

Horror and Post-Apocalyptic books available for review:

Not technically free, but kinda:

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 25 – Finally free. Now on to categories.

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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.

Free. Finally. But for how long?

After what felt like weeks, Amazon finally reset the price of my sample book to $0.00. Yay!

Now, how long will it stay like that…

Categories: Want to be #1?

When you publish on KDP you get to choose two categories for your book. What they don’t tell you is that you can list your book in up to ten categories. The benefit is that some categories are very (and I mean very) specific. Here are a few examples:

Fiction:

  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian Fiction > Romance > Western & Frontier
  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Mystery & Detective

Non-Fiction

  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science & Math > Medicine > Alternative & Holistic > Mind-Body Medicine (Psychoneuroimmunology)
  • Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Teaching > Teacher Resources > Education Theory > Contemporary Methods > Language Experience Approach

How do you get your book listed in less competitive categories? Email them and they will get right on that – just like how well they did with the pricing issue….Stay tuned for updates.

Free Reads from Story Origin

Not technically free, but kinda

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 18

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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.

Testing…testing.

If you read my Tuesday post, you will know that I am having difficulty keeping my sample book free on Amazon. I was told it would be fixed in 24 hours. That was 72 hours ago.

I checked the regions that it should be free and guess what? It’s not. Surprise, surprise. If you have a moment, please visit the link and let me know if it is in your region.

Writer’s Platforms

There are quite a few platforms for writers to post their works. WordPress is an obvious one, but there are some specifically designed to ‘publish’ works as a book online.

The first one I tried was Wattpad. I haven’t used it as a reader. It had a pretty decent forum, but it was difficult to promote your work without getting flagged for self-promotion. The forum closed for other reasons, so I left it for a while. I decided to give it another go for my NaPoWriMo poem collection:

https://www.wattpad.com/story/270379568-30-poems-30-days

My next one was Booksie: https://www.booksie.com/, then Commaful : https://commaful.com/ . Both were just to much work to post on with very little traffic. It relies on social media to let you get new readers.

There are two sites that pay writers for articles, Vocal: https://vocal.media/, and Medium: https://linesbyleon.medium.com/. Both of these need a lot of self promotion on social media in order to drive readers to your page, and I’m not that active on my platforms. I do repost some of my blog on Medium from time to time.

Free Reads from Story Origin

I didn’t have any new selections but current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 11

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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.

Free Short Story

I posted this yesterday, so if you missed it, you can read it here:

Thursday Thoughts: Poem to Story – Feel free to comment!

Dropping Like a Rock

If you don’t have a book listed on Amazon, this may look a bit odd. This is my sales rank for my free sample book: Excerpts from the book Lines By Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures . As you can see, it doesn’t take long to shoot to the top (it got as high as #2 in one of the categories), and just as quickly it can plummet out of sight. It depends on how many sales the competitors in the category have against yours. So, if you want the free Kindle version, click the above link or feel free to pass it on!

Just for comparison, here is my sci-fi book:

Every time there is a sale, you can see the jump, followed by a decline until the next. I think the highest it got was #250.

Not Free But Noteworthy

Echoes of Gravity now available for pre-sale.

All previous promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

-Leon

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Free Book Friday: June 4

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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.

New this week: Kindle Unlimited Titles

Not Free But Noteworthy

Authors often purchase copies of books from their distributor/printer to sell on their own, which allows for better profit margins.

I have been talking to a few authors to do some promotion of signed paperback copies purchased directly from the author. Nothing makes me happier than to sign my book and send it off to the reader. I think it creates a unique bond between author and readers.

The biggest expense is shipping, which can often be more than the book itself. It is for that reason that I am only able to mail my books to readers in Canada and the US. So for all of you in the UK, here is your chance to support a local author:

Click to go to Zarina’s book page.

Here are all previously showcased promos still running:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

-Leon

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Free Book Friday: May 28 – Review Copies

The story behind Free Book Friday:

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.

Hey, Leon! Any new promos this week?
“Nope.”
“Why not?”
“Just the way things work out, I guess.”
“Oh, OK. So next week then?”
“Let me check…”
[elapsed time: 2 minutes]
“Yeah, I have a few Kindle Unlimited starting in June.”
So, next week then?”
“Yes, next week.”
Alright, see ya.”
“Wait! There is still stuff to read today.”
“OK.”


I’ve done quite a few posts about reviews, the importance of them, the difficulty of getting them, what it means to an author to give away their hard work – often with no return.

Some of you have taken me up on my offer to send out review copies, and every one has submitted a review. So, I will put out the offer again. Do you want to review either of my books? Drop me a message telling me why (and the format).

Want to try your hand at editing?

Do you have an eye for details? I compiled all my NapoWriMo poems into one volume, but it needs a once over to check for errors. Send me a message below. I’ll send a word doc. for editing.

Use contact form below

Discover New Authors and Free Books

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Free Book Friday: April 23

Only one addition this week:

Free sample books from SF&F authors:

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.

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 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.

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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Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview

Leon Stevens interviews Leon Stevens for Lunarian Press!

Hello. I’m Leon Stevens, and I’m here with the author Leon Stevens. 

  – So, we are doing this again?

Do you have somewhere to be?

  – No, not really, unless you forgot something. Who is this for this time?

Lunarian Press.

  – Ahh, yes. Fine folks. OK, go ahead.

Read the rest at: Lunarian Press – Author Interview

Thanks to Alexis Lantgen for the opportunity!


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.

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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