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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.

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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 / 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 / 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

Small Press & Self-Published / cave of the kobolds.
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:18:00 PM »
here's a link for a short story i wrote. the characters involved are from my novel, but the plot is completely tangential to it. it's just a little side adventure, priced at $0.99 to lure readers in and have them say "damn, that's some funny shit." and then go buy my real book. i apologize for the crappy cover art. it's meant to straddle the line between scary monster eyes and d&d dice, but i don't have a lot of talent in the visual arts.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / recommend some good comic fantasy?
« on: June 14, 2012, 03:00:59 PM »
something other than discworld? (i can hear the hordes of people clicking out of this thread now.)

i've read the first five or six discworld novels, and i really wanted to like them. but it just wasn't working for me. i need less clever little witticisms, and more... well, i don't know... something else. it's funny, i love douglas adams, but i just couldn't get into pratchett. people told me "if you like the hitchhiker's guide series, you'll love discworld."

the thing is, i like what he's doing in theory. playing with tropes in the fantasy genre, but for some reason he and i just aren't clicking.

here's what i'm looking for:

1. swords and sorcery type fantasy.
2. funny. not 'cute' funny, with little jokes about the modern world, like a witch getting ticketed for flying her broom too fast or something. or a whole novel written around a pun. (i think these are the sorts of things that put me off of pratchett.) douglas adams, jasper fforde, monty python, and judd apatow make me laugh, if that helps.
3. it'd be great if it was available in audio book format. i try to spend most of my stationary free time writing, so i like to listen to books on the way to and from work.
4. funny is important, but i still want some plot, and i want to care about the characters.

i know i'm being pretty specific in my request. but this is what i've got a craving to read right now.

also... no disrespect to pratchett intended. i admire and respect the man. he puts out quality books like an effing machine. there are a lot of things i've felt like i should appreciate that i just couldn't get into (wine, raw fish, and classical music come to mind).

if you've got anything to recommend, thank you.

Small Press & Self-Published / Critical Failures (comic fantasy)
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:35:35 AM »
well cool... as long as there's actually a place here that welcomes advertising your stuff, i guess i'll go ahead and do just that.

i've recently published a comic fantasy novel about a group of gamers who piss off their game master and get sent into the fantasy game world. i promise it's not as lame as it sounds. don't believe me? check out the free samples on amazon and smashwords

Critical Failures on Amazon

Critical Failures on Smashwords

(warning: language)

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