Holiday Book Marketing: a Holiday Cheat Sheet

Nat Russo Marketing 2 Comments

Once again, I find myself sharing a post from my friend Nicholas Rossis, award winning author of the epic fantasy Pearseus series. It’s a wonderful article that includes a handful of recommendations and painfully easy things you can do to increase your marketing presence this holiday season.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books

Taylor of the Written Word Media has written an excellent post titled, Holiday Book Marketing: An Author’s Guide to Black Friday and Beyond that lists all the remaining holidays of 2015. Why is tha…

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Necromancer Falling Delayed

Nat Russo Necromancer, Publishing, Releases 4 Comments

Necromancer Falling

This is temporary titling until I convince my new graphic artist to come up with something prettier. 🙂

Each day I wake up and check my social media accounts, and each day I see the same question asked with the most frequency (and fervor):

What’s the deal with Necromancer Falling? When’s it coming out?

The short answer is “soon”. But, there’s more to it than that…

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Start Writing your Bestseller! | Nicholas C. Rossis

Nat Russo Writers 2 Comments

While checking out Nicholas’s blog this morning, I noticed he shared a wonderful infographic. It shows how long it took all of our favorite writers to achieve some measure of success; how old they were when they began writing, age when first published, age when they published their most famous work, and age when they achieved that mythical “success” we always talk about. Check it out at the Source link below!

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Source: Start Writing your Bestseller! | Nicholas C. Rossis

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E-book Sales Aren’t Falling – Fortune

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing 1 Comment

In the latest case of “don’t believe everything you read,” the New York Times recently published another attempted hatchet job on Amazon, though it was an indirect hatchet job. As if they haven’t proved, time and again, that they’re a shill for “big publishing”, they decided to trot out some sales figures that appear to show a decline in the sales of e-books.

Except, they forgot one thing. We’re not idiots.

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The Cost of Self-Publishing

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There is a long-standing myth that not only does self-publishing cost an arm and a leg, but that the risks far outweigh the benefit. 

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This myth has been debunked so many times, yet it keeps cropping up. In fact, as recently as three days ago, I took part in a Facebook conversation on this very topic. Much heated discussion was had, and it became apparent that facts weren’t heavy enough to outweigh emotions. Even after revealing my itemized list of costs for publishing Necromancer Awakening, I was flat-out told I was either forgetting something, or being outright deceitful. It was as if people wanted to hear that self-publishing is prohibitively expensive!

Well, guess what? It’s not.

I was pleased to get a notification today from Joe Konrath’s blog (linked below). He and Barry Eisler tackle this very issue in today’s post. It’s well worth the read.

Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Zombie Publishing Meme #4: Self-Publishing is Costly and Risky; Legacy Publishing is Guaranteed and Free.

Guest Post: Andy Peloquin

Nat Russo Guest Posts, Writers 0 Comments

I’d like to extend a warm welcome today to Andy Peloquin, writer extraordinaire, hot wing aficionado, Selena Gomez fan, and overall very tall guy (he’s 6’6″!).  Andy joins us today on the launch of his latest novel, The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer. He gives us a personal reminder of why we, as writers, cannot afford to be anti-social. We are all too susceptible to shrink away from society and work on our writing. But we hurt ourselves (and our writing careers) by doing so.

Speaking of Blade of the Destroyer, just look at this gorgeous cover!

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From the Jacket:

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?


 

Before we get to Andy’s insightful post, I’d like to let you know where you can purchase a copy of Blade of the Destroyer:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25269614-blade-of-the-destroyer

Now, let’s hear from Andy himself!

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Hashtag Blindness 3: Electric Jamboree

Nat Russo Humor, Twitter 7 Comments

In a world…where people tweet with hashtags, and other people fail to read them, there can be only one outcome.

HASHTAG BLINDNESS

From the makers of Hashtag Blindness Part 1 and Hashtag Blindness Part 2, comes the explosive conclusion1, Hashtag Blindness 3: Electric Jamboree: On Twitter, No One Can Hear You Scream: Redemption: Age of Irony.2

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Not an actual conclusion. This crazy train never stops.

2 Subtitle tested well with the male, 20.5 – 21 year old, stoned, neckbeard demographic.

Read on, for the extended trailer.

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A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing, Writers 0 Comments

Joe Konrath, indie author and trailblazer of independent publishing, offers his insight into the new payout structure of Kindle Unlimited. 

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Under KU 1.0, Amazon was rewarding writers for enrolling in KDP Select. Amazon wanted as many titles as possible, to build their Kindle Unlimited catalog. Shorts are easier and faster to write than novels, so Amazon rewarded short stories by paying authors much higher for shorter works, way out of proportion with novels and with the paper short story market, in order to get more titles into KU so it appealed to more subscribers.

Under KU 2.0, Amazon is rewarding writers for being good writers. Amazon wants writers to hook readers for longer than 10% of the ebook. Amazon wants good, meaty novels, which my numbers point to readers liking more than shorts.

Click the source link below for the full article.

Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers