I know that those of you who read here form a core of enthusiastic readers who are like that biblical woman of worth whose price is above rubies (at least to me). You not only buy my books as soon as they’re available, you spread the word to other readers every way you can, and that word of mouth is truly priceless. Some of you review, and some of your reviews have made me puddle up. Thank you, each and every one of you.
I hope you are all safe and even if you live in an area affected by the big storm, suffer nothing more than inconvenience. I was born in New Jersey and grew up there and can’t even imagine what it must be like.
Tidbits: I released the paperback version of Beautiful Bad Man at Create Space today. They say it will be available on Amazon and Amazon UK in 5 to 7 days.
You may remember that I post once a month on the Cowboy Kisses joint western blog. My post this month is about the Apaches who inspired Dancing on Coals. So if you’re curious about the photos that had such an effect on me, you can see them there. From the comments so far, I’d say I’m alone in being so smitten by them.
When I purchased my first Kindle more than a year before I ever thought of publishing a book, I found the Kindle Boards forums and joined. Since that time, it’s been my favorite forum, not least because that’s where I first saw the information that did lead me to publish Rottweiler Rescue in February of 2010. By that time, indie authors were all over the forums, and instead of allowing the conflict and bitterness that occurred elsewhere, KB set up a designated sub-forum called The Writers’ Cafe. Authors are allowed to post in any of the KB forums and to use signatures showing their books, but discussion of writing goes to the Cafe. Another sub-forum called Book Bazaar is for promoting individual books.
What I’m leading up to is that while I don’t think advertising does much good, KB offers both a banner advertisement and a book of the day feature that shows up at the top of all their site pages. Feedback from authors on the forum indicates these ads don’t have much affect on sales, particularly the banner. My guess is most KBers are like me. My browser is Firefox, and I run it with an ad blocking plug in, so I never see the banners.
No book of the day spot was available until February, so I did buy a banner ad for Beautiful Bad Man, which ran on October 19th. In my mind the purpose was mostly to support KB, and I don’t think many would have seen it. However, it is rather pretty, so I’m posting it here. Even though it has to be rather small to fit, at least a few people will see it this way. ~ Ellen