Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BigAl's Books and Pals: Shoot / M.P. McDonald

BigAl's Books and Pals: Shoot / M.P. McDonald: Reviewed by: BigAl Genre: Thriller Approximate word count : 60-65,000 words Availability Kindle US: YES UK: YES ...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Read "SHOOT: a CJ Sheridan Thriller" ~ New Release by M.P. McDonald

SHOOT: Book One
Interning at the CIA prepared CJ Sheridan to be a bureaucrat, not a hero. But, when he's handed a camera that offers teasing glimpses of potential tragedies, what else can CJ do but try to change the future? 

No stranger to the cameras power, CJ’s father is dead set against the idea. He understands all too well the horrifying price the previous owner, Photographer Mark Taylor, paid for its use.

CJ’s knows the cameras history, but with the support of an experienced team behind him, including his FBI Bureau Chief father, he’s sure that won’t happen to him.

Heedless of the dangers, when offered the chance to save the life of a murder victim, a young nurse named Blanche, CJ charges to the rescue. 

Only to find himself alone, a suspect… with only his wits and courage to help him change the course of fate.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Arctic Wargame, by Ethan Jones~On Sale~99 Cents

My friend, Ethan Jones, has put his Kindle bestselling thriller on sale for just 99 cents for a limited time. 

Arctic Wargame is the first book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, hitting Amazon’s
Best Sellers lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall—combat-hardened in operations throughout Northern Africa—has been demoted after a botched mission in Libya. 

When two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters, Justin volunteers for the reconnaissance mission, eager to return to the field. His team discovers a foreign weapons cache deep in the Arctic, but they are not aware that a spy has infiltrated the Department of National Defence. 

The team begins to unravel a treasonous plan against Canada, but they fall under attack from one of their own. Disarmed and stripped of their survival gear, they are stranded in a remote location. Now the team must survive the deadly Arctic not only to save themselves, but their country. 

Arctic Wargame is an action-packed spy thriller in the bestselling tradition of David Baldacci, Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Readers will enjoy a great tale of courage, fear and betrayal. 

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first chapter of TRIPOLI'S TARGET, the second book in this series, which came out in 2012 and reached Amazon’s Best Sellers lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

ARCTIC WARGAME links on major book retailers:

Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Nook UK

Friday, June 19, 2015

Kindle Unlimited~How I'll Approach It

I currently have five titles in Kindle Unlimited and borrows make up about one fourth of my ebook income. Of course, KU has some advantages beyond income--increased visibility in the Kindle Store, for example. I'm not sure how that can be measured in relation to an actual increase in purchases. I would say possibly a handful of purchases can be attributed each month to word of mouth from borrowers. That's probably a generous number, but one I'll go with for now.

With the changes coming up next month when KU switches to paying by page instead of paying nothing until readers read 10% of a book, and then once they do, Amazon paid the full borrow rate for that month. It averaged about $1.38/borrow.

What I'm going to do to determine if it's worth staying in, since Amazon will only give us the number of pages read, and not the number of books borrowed, I can only go by pages read. Call me a pessimist but I don't think we'll get more than 2 cents/page read. That will be okay, actually if most of my borrowers finish my books. At an average page count of almost 300 pages a book for 3 of my 5 books, and the other 2 averaging 175 pages, I'll make out better than I do with the current system.

Being even more conservative, I'm going to assume the worst at a penny/page. That would still be better for me--if readers consume the whole book. Big if. Of course I hope it happens more often than not, but the reality is, readers--especially readers who haven't invested much in a book--give up on books for all kinds of reasons. Some are within my control--write a better book, for instance--others are beyond my control. An example: a reader begins reading March Into Hell after downloading No Good Deed for free. Their real life gets busy, they stop reading, and then forget about it. A month later, they want to borrow some other book and have to return one to get within the 10 book checkout limit, and March Into Hell pops up and Amazon asks the reader if they want to return it. They debate, then decide to return it because they can always read it later, and they forgot what it was about anyway. Boom. Book returned.

My books are due to come out of Select in mid-July. Most of the time, I'd probably just roll them back into KU because I don't normally have a lot of sales on other platforms, but I recently had a Bookbub ad for No Good Deed, and I had thousands of downloads outside of Amazon. It's been killing me that I can't put my other books up on those sites. I wish I could do both and hate the exclusivity clause in KU. Okay, rant about that over. Reality is, I hate to leave those readers hanging.

To know if staying in is worthwhile, in my head I'm going to assign a penny/page read, average out the pages read/day, and see if the income from those comes out to the same income I'm earning now on borrows/day. If it's significantly lower, I'll yank the books out of Select, and put them back onto other platforms. I just hope two weeks is enough time to evaluate the program.

That may sound all very business-like, but I don't know how else to evaluate it. Up until this Bookbub ad, even the sales I did have on other platforms were 'silent' sales. I didn't get reviews or feedback in any way, so I didn't know if anyone was actually reading the books, but in the last month, No Good Deed has racked up quite a few reviews on other platforms, and I've had messages from readers who found the book on other sites. Hearing from them makes me even more inclined to pull out of KU.

One question I have is will Amazon count books borrowed in June, read past 10%, but continued into July. Say someone borrows a book on June 28th, reads the first 10% by June 30th, and continues reading the book into July, finishing all 300 pages. Will Amazon pay me for both the 10% borrow in June, and the 270 pages in July? Or will they consider that book as paid for already? Will they tally those pages, but then not pay them because the book was paid in June? And if they do that, how will I know?

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Current Deals for Summer Reading

Quick rundown of my current deals on ebooks and audiobooks. All links will be at the bottom of  the post so you don't miss a deal by clicking on link before reaching the next deal:

First, No Good Deed: Book One--still FREE! Woo-hoo! Response to this deal has been phenomenal! I love all the new readers it has brought to the Mark Taylor Series. As if getting the ebook free was a good enough deal, did you know that because No Good Deed has Whispersync, you can get the audiobook version, narrated by award-winning narrator, Daniel Penz, for only $1.99! Yes, even a free ebook download counts for this deal!

Next BIG DEAL---For a limited time, March Into Hell: Book Two is just 99 cents in both the US and the U.K. via a Kindle Countdown Deal!

Next deals are for Mark Taylor: Genesis, and Deeds of Mercy: Book Three. Both of these titles are also Whispersynced. Mark Taylor: Genesis for almost a year. If you took advantage of that deal and have the book already on your Kindle, you can get the audio book for just $1.99! Of course, no worries if you didn't--the regular price of the ebook is only $2.99, and you can still get the audiobook for just $1.99 no matter how you acquired the book.

Deeds of Mercy has never been free, but it still has Whispersync and if you have the book on your Kindle--even if you bought it when it first came out three years ago--you can get the audiobook for just $1.99!





Friday, May 29, 2015

No Good Deed Still Free, Plus Unexpected Success in the UK

I am thrilled with No Good Deed's success as a free book in the U.K. over the last month. I don't
know what changed, because it's been free there before, but I'm not sure it ever made the top 100 free at any other time, and if it did, it was only for a few hours in the high 90s. So, when No Good Deed was price-matched to free in several Amazon markets, including the UK, back in mid-April, I didn't have high expectations for it in the U.K. It had always received pretty good reviews there, but had never been all that successful, even back in 2011 when it did very well in the US after a free run.

With no promo at all, it hung around 180-300 free in the store for weeks for the first month, and I was pleasantly surprised. On the 19th of this month, I had a BookBub ad, and that shot the book up to #2 in the Kindle Free store. It stayed there for several days and since then, has bounced from about #18 to #8. This morning, it was #11. How cool is that? I don't know how long it will remain in the top 100 there, let alone the top 20 (and I probably just jinxed it by creating this blog post!) but I'll be happy while it lasts.

Meanwhile, it's still hanging in the top 100 in the US Kindle Free store as well, although it's been not as high and it had some extra help from the fantastic Pixel of Ink and EreaderNewsToday, having promos with both of those great sites.

My friend, Susanne O'Leary's book, Hot Property, has done even better in the UK, sticking in the top 10 for several weeks now. It is also still free in the US as well, so grab it while you can!