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Self Publishing Discussion / Firing all of my guns at once.
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:50:39 PM »
Hello everyone. It's been quite a while since I posted. To tell you the truth, I kind of forgot about this place until I just received an email from our Overlord.

For those of you who don't know me (I'm guessing the vast majority), I'm Robert Bevan, the author of Critical Failures, and the rest of the Caverns and Creatures series.

Being self-published, I've had to rely on myself for marketing, and I like to think I've been doing a pretty good job of it. A big part of my strategy is writing short stories which tie into the novel series. 'Side adventures', if you will. They're fun to write, quick, and (perhaps most importantly) take up the same amount of space on an Amazon top 100 list. More titles = more visibility.

The strategy has been working well enough so far, but a couple of months ago, I decided to take a gamble. I'm conducting a promotion experiment that I have very high hopes for.

The main gist of it is, as the subject of this thread says, firing all of my guns at once. I had a really good experience with a Bookbub ad a while back, and I had another good experience with a Kindle Countdown promotion. The promotion I've got planned for May 11th is a combination of the two, but will include all 16 of my titles (for the Kindle Countdown... the Bookbub ad will only be for the first novel).

The hypothesis of this experiment is that the combination of all of this will result in... well I'm not exactly sure. Words like "chain reaction", "exponential", "supernova", and "critical mass" come to mind. But it could just as easily be a big flop. Less than two weeks until I find out.

If you'd like to see a more detailed (and entertaining) version of my big plan, have a look at the blog post I wrote up for it. And cut me some slack... I'm a beginning blogger.


Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Critical Failures (comic fantasy)
« on: October 14, 2012, 03:48:00 AM »
'Critical Failures' picks up another four star review! Go check it out!


ZOMBIE ATTACK!!! just hit the #44 spot on amazon's free epic fantasy list. go push it higher up the list while it's still free!


ZOMBIE ATTACK!!! is now free on amazon for the next 48 hours.

like, share, and go download it... now!


Small Press & Self-Published / author interview with "books and tales".
« on: October 02, 2012, 04:25:59 PM »
this blog was kind enough to post an interview with me.


Small Press & Self-Published / Re: yeah, baby, yeah!!!
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:00:45 PM »
oops... misread that. my story is number 57 (now 47) in free books, whereas the hitchhiker's guide is number 58 in paid books. so mr. adams and a weren't actually next to one another on a list. but whatever, i'm glad i caught that screen shot just the same.

Small Press & Self-Published / yeah, baby, yeah!!!
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:51:38 PM »
this morning amazon price matched my short story "cave of the kobolds" down to free, and a bunch of people swiped it up.

sure, that's really cool, but this is cooler...

my crappy little short story is currently ranked on amazon's "humor" category at #57. care to take a guess at what #58 is? the hitchhiker's guide to the &$#^$# &#@*ing galaxy!

it's like i'm rubbing e-elbows with the late great douglas adams.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Critical Failures (comic fantasy)
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:39:50 PM »
That actually sounds quite awesome.

thanks, cmbridges!

I read the first chapter and I think it's pretty awesome so far. If I wasn't so cheap I would have probably bought it already :D maybe it's because I'm not so far off removed from high school, but I appreciate the obscenity of the language and I always catch myself wanting to read the next exchange of insults. Gives me a Superbad kind of feel, which is my favorite comedy of all time.

thank you too, ssj3 azor azai.

i wrote the book that i wanted to read, and so i expected my target audience to be sort of like me, thirty-something (or older) man boys who either still play tabletop roleplaying games, or get nostalgic for them from time to time. i suppose i overlooked the younger folks who are still playing.

i'm also really happy you mentioned superbad. if my book were ever to be made into a movie, i really hope judd apatow would be involved heavily in its production. i feel like he is changing the face of comedy in a direction that i really like.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Willing to answer questions
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:31:17 PM »
thank you, michael sullivan.

i joined goodreads because i thought it's something i'm supposed to do now that i'm an author. but i really don't know what i'm doing there. the account is just sitting there stagnant, and every once in a while someone asks to be my friend, and i accept.

i'm a member of a few gamer forums, because my book is about a group of gamers. and i talk about game stuff (not about my book), hoping people will be curious about the links in my sig line.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Willing to answer questions
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:53:45 AM »
i have a question if you're still around. (this thread's gone kinda dry) i notice you don't have any links on your sig line here. in fact, i had to actively search through the first page of this thread to find a link to your blog (i'm glad i did. it looks like it's going to keep me busy for a while). why is that? is it a "why bother? i'm already successful enough" sort of thing? or did you make a conscious decision to not include links to your books, or your blog, or your facebook author's page (or whatever) in your signature line on this forum (or on other forums) because you think it would do more harm than good for some reason?

right now, still being new to the whole self-publishing game, this sig line is the only marketing i'm doing. i've got a small blogger account set up, but i haven't made enough posts on it yet to justify showing it to people. and when i have some news, i'll make a post about it on facebook, but i want to be careful not to get spammy on there. anyway... i think i've about milked all the facebook sales i'm going to get.

thanks for making this thread, and for making yourself available for questions.

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Re: Facebook Sweepstakes: Like to Win.
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:32:21 AM »
i appreciate your gusto. i liked your page.

for a chance to win absolutely nothing, i invite you to like my page as well: http://www.facebook.com/robertbevanbooks

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Self Publishing
« on: August 06, 2012, 02:28:11 AM »
i'll jump in and give you my experience so far. i wrote my book, critical failures, in the space of about three months. i then spent about ten months editing it with the help of a really great beta reader.

i was looking into hiring a cover artist, but then i had an idea for the cover that i thought was really good, and wouldn't require an artist. my brother in law did the photography and photoshopping necessary. others have told me that i should have hired a cover artist. but just as many others have told me it looks really cool. and i'm happy with it.

formatting the book for smashwords was a breeze, with mark coker's free formatting guide. and from there it didn't take much to make it ready for amazon.

sales have been slow. i published the book almost two months ago to the day, and i have less than twenty sales so far. (i do have three very nice reviews though.) i try to make myself as visible as possible without being spammy. (responding to threads like this is a nice way to walk the line.) but i'm still new to marketing.

i've heard from more than one source that the best marketing you can do is getting another book out there. once my summer vacation ends (i just can't get any writing done around the wife and kids) i'll be cranking out book two.

Small Press & Self-Published / character blog.
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:08:47 PM »
i'm working on a little project, and i'd like some opinions about it.

i set up a google account under the name of one of the characters in my novel. from there, i set up a blogger account for him. it's an advice column in which he insults people and gives really bad advice. (it's supposed to be funny, and true to his character.)

i've made two posts so far, and they're both fictitious. the idea is that i'll post some fake questions to get the ball rolling and let readers know what they're in for, and then if real people ask questions, i can pick and choose ones which i can come up with a good response for.

it's something that's fun for me, and i'm thinking it might work well as a marketing tool. have a look and tell me what you think. thanks.

Ask Cooper

sorry. i must have just mistook your meaning. i didn't mean to come off as so confrontational.

maybe i'm misunderstanding what you mean by "should". it reads, to me, like you're saying that if someone prefers an ebook, they're wrong.

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