One of the newest members of the Post-Human TRIBE, AKA my advance/beta reader list, sent me this snazzy screenshot of an email he received from Amazon informing him that another reader found his review helpful! Doesn’t it feel good to know your review counts and that you have the power to make the Post-Human series breakout in 2014? Have you received an email like this for a review on Vol 1 or 2? If you have, forward it to me and I’ll post it on my “likes” page and my blog! And thanks again, Rus! You super rock!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I was going to write a blog about the importance of the relationships between authors and readers and communicating the importance of reviews to readers in this brave new world of indie publishing, when I happened across a perfect example of what happens when indie writers engage and are friendly with their readers. Spoiler alert! Everyone wins!
My new reader, James, sent me a very kind message asking to be on my advance/beta reading list and our correspondence was such a perfect example of what I preach to other indies when they ask me about promoting my work and marketing that I asked James if he wouldn’t mind me using a bit of our email exchange for my posting. Check this out:
James did indeed leave two reviews on my Vol 1 and 2 editions and we exchanged a few more pleasant emails about our experiences chatting with Hugh Howey, Howey’s editors, his fiance’s burgeoning indie career, and how to build up both of our core reader groups. My wife is currently reading Jo’s book and will leave a review for it when she’s finished. Everybody had a very pleasant experience and everyone wins…Hugh Howey, Hugh’s editor, James, Jo, Jenny and David! All winners
So the take away from this is that you should reach out to your readers and build up an advance reading list. These are your core readers and the support you’ll need to make your books hits. And you should also, always, ALWAYS be good to fellow indies. I’m telling you right here and now, if you think the way to success is by criticizing other indies or running them down on places like goodreads.com, then you’re fighting a losing battle. You’ll never win respect by being jerky to people that you should empathize with, considering that you’re trying to be an indie success yourself! Be good to your readers, be good to fellow indies, and the Karma will lead you to a happy life. It’s a simple equation, it’ll make you feel really great, and it’ll work!
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
PROMOTION: Now you can switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible audiobook. Add the professional narration of Sub-Human (Book 1) for a reduced price of $2.99 after you buy the Kindle book of Sub-Human. Listen to Sub-Human Chapter 3's sample here goo.gl/kdxS8i. Also, Post-Human (Book 2), Trans-Human (Book 3) and Human Plus (Book 4) are all $0.99 each for a LIMITED TIME as well!
And their audiobooks are coming soon!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
***Phenomenal news!*** Podium Publishing sent me advance copies of the Sub-Human and Post-Human audiobooks last night and to say they're astoundingly well done would be an understatement! On top of that, I just found out that, though their regular price is $17.99, if you already own the Kindle editions, the pre-order is just $2.99! Holy discount, James Keats! I'm only halfway through Sub-Human (it's nearly 8 hours of incredible entertainment) but I can tell you the performer, Ray Chase, brings the characters to life like never before. This is the best way to experience the books in my view and makes me want movie versions even more badly! I don't know how long the $2.99 deal lasts, but if you've got a relative or friend who doesn't like to read but would listen to an audiobook, I can say with confidence that they won't be disappointed! Okay, I have to leave now...I want to get back to listening!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The audio books for all four books in the Post-Human series are available for pre-sale today! Sub-Human is first on November 29th and then each subsequent book will be available two weeks after until finally Human Plus comes out in January! If you've been waiting for professional audio versions of the Post-Human series done by the best in the business (my publisher is literally award winning) or you know someone who'd loves to listen to audiobooks when commuting or flying on an airplane, then here's your chance! Once again, thank you to everyone for all of your support and making this possible!
Monday, September 30, 2013
It's a very cool honor to be only the third indie author ever spotlighted on SF Signal.com! :) The interview is in-depth and definitely highlights how busy I am these days, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my job and my readers and, in this interview I get to tell the story of how I became successful as well update everyone on what's coming next. Check it out! http://goo.gl/dYg7bH