Here's the wrap-up on my campaign: Dec. 8-14, 2016.
I spent $258.50 on promotions to augment the Kindle Countdown. Along with these promos I ran AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) ads and posted notifications on Twitter, my Facebook personal account and author page, and sent out a few emails and PMs.
It's tough being a debut author. There's so much you can do wrong even after seeking guidance from others. I recently attempted my first Kindle Countdown deal, and I thought I knew what I was doing, but despite my research on the KBoards, there was plenty I didn't know. I'll share my mistakes so you won't repeat them!
This will be a different Thanksgiving than most. Due to my recent hip replacement surgery, Lowell and I will be staying home and having our dinner in comfortable chairs near the fireplace. Lowell's daughters may stop in later with leftovers, but in the meantime, we'll cook something tasty, if not traditional.
Beyond the Forest was published on October 28th and a lot has happened in two weeks. The paperback cover turned out darker than expected, so I lightened it, and while I was at it I changed the typography. The original font was intentionally understated so it wouldn't steal the show from Howard David Johnson's wonderful artwork, but I like the new typography better.
As of this afternoon I have nine 5-star reviews. Reviews are important to gain credibility and more readers, so I'm hoping to get more during this crucial 30-day launch period.
The Daily News (Batavia, NY) interviewed me this week, and an article and photo will appear in print and online on Saturday. The photo shows me holding a Kindle Fire tablet displaying the cover of Beyond the Forest. I'm wearing a large malachite bracelet like the one Lana is wearing during her adventure in the forest.
The book is also getting attention from the Buffalo News. The arts and book editor requested a copy, and when he finishes reading, I expect he will write a review.
I know some of you don't typically read fantasy novels, but if you'd like to sample Beyond the Forest, go to Amazon (here) and click "Look Inside" on the eBook version. The sample is a little more than four chapters. I hope you enjoy it!