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…Authors asking me, ‘…is the Amazon Countdown Program worth doing?…’ …#TBSU…

…there are many roads to Valhalla… or to any other destination for that matter… and yeez each have different reasons for travelling to whatever yer ultimate terminal may be… (a bit of deep, old daft Scotsman’s FILOSOFIE there, Mabel…) …the answer to the headline question above is, ‘…there’s no set answer…’ …since jumping aboard this Literary Ride of the Valkyries, my take on any marketing program has only changed in style and approach, NOT in objective(s)… at the outset, let’s ‘fess up… yeez market coz yeez wanna sell yer masterpieces, right?… but to my immense pleasure, this ol’ Jurassic has discovered broader and richer rewards in pimping my family’s good name throughout the virtual universe (…sorry, Mammy, but a quill-scraper’s gotta try to make a living, too…) …if ye’re a self-publishing scribbler, consider this… if yeez were lucky(?) enuff to have one of these rare creatures, an Agent, or an even scarcer being, a Traditional Publisher, yeez would still have to do a ton of legWURK, mouthWURK, and marketingWURK to sell even a single copy of yer tomes… so, when the Great God Amazon offers yeez the monetarily inexpensive avenue to market (we’re not talking ‘time expense’ or stuff),  why not grab it?… when yeez push yer gear onto Kindle or other such electronic media, the downside is de minimus… yeez wouldn’t have sold any copies anyway, other than those at the end of waiting for the gestation period that the traditional pathway takes… free copies on the Kindle Select Program may or may not generate future paid downloads, but at the very least, yer name is getting out there… the Amazon Countdown Program, where yeez actually get paid sum’thing for the purchases, also helps in propagating yer moniker… okay, the sixty-four thousand dollar question?… how did my recent Countdown gig fare?… Amazon frowns on authors revealing their sales numbers, so let me just say it gave me paid downloads sum’where around between 1199 and 1201, plus some fully-priced sales after the discount disappeared… that’s sum’where between 1199 and 1201 sales I would not have  otherwise sniffed… it entailed a lot of WURK on the SOSYAL NETWURKS and some truly humbling and incredible support from Lads and Lassies of Blog Land out there… the follow-up step is to tease out reviews from these buyers and ensure to include that as part of the ongoing pimping, …(yeez DO NOT SPAM, but be grateful for an embracing readership..) …so, my answer to the question is a resounding YES, by all means do these Programs, but be prepared to WURK yer butt off during the process… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ

Amazon Links for SAVAGE PAYBACK

UK  :  http://amzn.to/1gTgJh0

US   : http://amzn.to/16hKHci

 AUS : http://bit.ly/184hKzs

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…when ‘being in the Lap-of-the-Gods’ really means ‘being in the Lap-of-Yer-SOSYAL-NETWURK-Pals… #TBSU…

…it’s the most difficult thing in self-publishing… trying to find a balance (if there is one) between the very proper need/desire/prayer to get yer WURK ‘out there’ instead of downright ‘spamming’… in the ‘normal’ course of events, this ol’ Jurassic has gone the well-advised track of Blogging-To-Entertain, sometime Blogging-To-Pass-On-Stuff-I’ve-Learned, and most times, Blogging-Just-For-The-Sheer-Bluudy-Delight-Of-It… in passing, if yeez like the blog content, there’s always a chance yeez’ll have a decko at my scribbling stuff as well… and that’s as it should be in my uh-humble opinion… all that gets even trickier, however, when yeez have a Promo going on… when the Great God Amazon permits yeez to throw yer books away for NUTHIN… (as a Scotsman, I constantly shudder the thought), reckoning that people will be so enamoured of yer free books, they’ll knock each other down in the stampede to purchase for cash yer paid items.. aye, right… the current trick is an unconcealed variation of that, the Amazon Countdown Program, where yeez discount heavily the same tomes, and stand back waiting for gazillions of sales… aye, right, again, Mabel… nonetheless, in for a penny (or more like 99 pennies) in for a pound… at least, being immersed in the Promo biz keeps me theoretically from getting into too much trouble elsewhere meantime… my current foray into the ‘stack ’em high and price ’em cheap’ gig has been satisfactory enuff… as it enters the fifth day, and the first and only pricing step-up to an exorbitant USD 1.99/STG1.99, the sales calculator has kicked over into four figures (no decimal places) so far, so no complaints… the amount of drum-beating, however, has been considerable… I’ve tried (very hard) NOT to appear like an outright spammer, but coming back to the opening premise above, it seems yeez will be cut a bit of slack during yer promotional efforts on  behalf of yer wee masterpieces… so long as yeez try to make yer pitch a tad interesting... yeez are creative quill-scrapers… it’s worth applying that skill to yer advertising efforts… if yeez have been assiduous in BUILDING YER PLATFORM through yer SOSYAL NETWURKS, yeez might find, as I have , that rather than letting yer promo be in the Lap-of-the-Gods, it lands in the Lap-of-Yer-Pals-on-the-Web… I’m grateful, and humbled by the sheer amount of repetitive support so many of yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land have given SAVAGE PAYBACK for the past four and a half days, in RTs , Facebook sharings and general great interface with me… LUV YEEZ

…watch out, here it comes again, oh, that feeling, here it comes again…

UK   http://amzn.to/1gTgJh0       Stg  1.99

US   http://amzn.to/16hKHci      USD1.99

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…when there’s too much month left at the end of yer money… #TBSU…

…I s’pose most of yeez have experienced that strange phenomenon… regardless of how much money yeez make/earn/inherit/find, Life always seems to find a way to claim the bulk of it… excess earnings, cash left over, ‘rainy-day-stash’, is an unknown feeling to the majority of the WURKING population… even before the Global-Financial-Markets-Banking-Musical-Chairs-Disaster forced 99.999999% of the WURLD back into penury, the spendthrift was a relatively scarce creature… nowadays, food-banks, help centres, and scrambling to stay afloat are common-place… somehow, I can’t help reflect back to when this ol’ Jurassic was still in infant school, there were no credit cards, no phone hustlers offering yeez unlimited credit facilities, (for a start much, much fewer phone lines were in place, and mobile phones hadn’t even been thought of yet)… designer labels were generally found on tea packets… yeez saved up to buy sum’thing yeez  wanted, or yeez did without… doubtless, the reality of making ends meet has visited upon gazillions more of us in the past several years since ‘the Crash’… brings to mind the quote from the inimitable Oscar Wilde, ‘…my ambition is to die beyond my means…’ …well, the WURLD’s financial and economic gurus are shaping up to guide more of us toward that flippant fiscal finish… so, Mabel, where’s the bright spot in all of this?… surprisingly, in the fallback status of what people used to do ‘way back when… reading‘s become fashionable again… and the miracle of the Internet and its attendant lieutenants, such as the Great God Amazon, provides cost-conscious release from the affairs of State… no less in the discounted literature flooding the ether… (watch this for a neat segue…) … including the Amazon Countdown Program, where, as it so happens, my latest crime thriller, SAVAGE PAYBACK is currently on offer at less than the price of a handful of broken biscuits… solution to the universal credit squeeze!… there yeez have it… when there’s too much month left over at the end of yer money…  see yeez later… LUV YEEZ…

0.99p/0.99c today, rising to an exorbitant 1.99p/1.99c for the ensuing three days… to Hell with poverty, fill yer boots with books!

UK   http://amzn.to/1gTgJh0

US   http://amzn.to/16hKHci

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…for an Author, NUTHIN beats the tingle of a good promo tangle… #TBSU…

…I agree a million percent with that man who said, ‘…WURK fascinates me… I could sit and watch it all day…’ …I’ve become the same with numbers… from an early age, as an apprentice banker, I could  always make 2 + 2 equal 5 or more… it’s an in-built talent shared by auditors and people who used to run Enron… so, comes now, joy of joys, the hypnotism of the Author’s Amazon Sales Figures Pages, especially when ye’re running any kind of promo… I had a wee tilt at the Amazon Countdown Program thingy a coupla weeks ago, and used one of my previous bestselling masterpieces to try it out… sold well above one copy…a-hem… now it’s the turn of the latest in the Jack Calder series, SAVAGE PAYBACK... so far, it’s wow-ed everybody in my front room… time to let the rest of the universe in on it… yeez drop the price by 81%, generate three trillion percent more sales, and with the proceeds yeez can put a deposit down on that Big Mac with Double Fries yeez’ve been wanting all year… go on, then, cop yer whack for this, for the first four days, on offer at 0.99c or 0.99p, depending on which side of the pond yeez populate:

UK   http://amzn.to/1gTgJh0

US   http://amzn.to/16hKHci

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…in 2014, I’ll be an iconic blockbusting WURLD-wide bestselling Author, or else… or else… or else, I won’t… #TBSU…

…there are times, I know, I become beset with delusions of adequacy… but an ol’ Jurassic’s allowed to dream, isn’t he?…  from time to time these days, the little grey cells are apt to wander anyway… of course, I subscribe a million percent to the dictum that an author’s first ‘target market’ should be himself or herself… that still doesn’t detract from the desire to have yer masterpieces embraced by a global readership… to be touted in Toronto, Timbuktu and Tonbridge… to become a Literary Lion in London, Las Vegas and Lewisham… to attract accolades from Adelaide, Amsterdam and Ascot… to evoke ecstatic enthralment in Ecuador, Ethiopia and Edinburgh… the blessed curse or accursed blessing of the Great God Amazon Kindle and its ilk makes all of that massive pipe-dream possible… probable?… p’raps not… but possible, Mabel… definitely possible… the reality for the vast majority of this wonderful dabbling diaspora of quill-scrappers is that less than 0.00000000263 % of yer WURKS are likely to enjoy more than a few hundred copies downloaded… regardless, we continue to reach for the ‘bestseller tag’ Holy Grail… I don’t know about emb’dy else, but when I see even one download ticked against my Amazon Reports Pages I feel good… really good… when yeez see yer book cover adorn the shelves of yer local book store, try telling me yeez don’t get at the very least a wee frisson of pleasure… and then, joy of joys, the pinnacle of yer day, when someone asks yeez to sign yer autograph in the inside cover of yer wee baby… magic, that’s what it is… among the many good reasons we virtual candle-lit garret dwellers write, these are just a sprinkling… I wish each and ev’ry one of yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land a wondrous, mystical journey next year… as for me, in 2014, I’ll be an iconic blockbusting WURLD-wide bestselling Author, or else… or else… or else, I won’t… LUV YEEZ… my Amazon Countdown Program offer on VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK ends at midnight today, December 27th… the links are here:

US  http://amzn.to/W59BB3  at USD 0.99

UK  http://amzn.to/13yV1YX at STG 0.99

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…a wee idea for the whizzes in the Sales/Marketing Division at Amazon Kindle… #TBSU…

FOR THE SALES/MARKETING GENIUSES OVER AT AMAZON KINDLE:

…right, Mabel, we’ve had the AMAZON FREE PROMO stuff, (…where the Author gives the books away FREE) …now we’re in the AMAZON COUNTDOWN PROGRAM (…where the Author gives the books away at GIGANTIC DISCOUNTS),…. my ‘umble suggestion for the next whizz of a product… AMAZON ABSOLUTE LOONEY OFFERS, (….where the Author PAYS people to take their books)… I’ll run the program, and take a percentage of the readers savings…should WURK, right ?… I don’t HAVE to be this helpful, y’know…

…meanwhile…here’s the Amazon Countdown Offer on VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK..1 day and 15 hours remaining….

US http://amzn.to/W59BB3   USD 0.99
UK http://amzn.to/13yV1YX   STG  0.99

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…the range of value on an Author’s masterpiece…WURTH-less? or Priceless?… #TBSU…

…it’s a strange phenomenon, this business of what people think they’re paying for when they fork out hard cash… if a maestro should pick up a violin on offer at an auction and start playing it, the bidding goes through the roof… if yeez play it yerself… they’ll be handing out earplugs… when yeez go the sales and see an item labelled the ‘last one in stock’, yeez are more likely to grab it and pay, regardless of the price tag… I’m told there’s nowt as queer as folks… I’d go one further and posit there’s nowt as strange as folks’ perception of value… a WURD so often incorrectly confused with ‘price’ or ‘cost’… ask any of our fellow quill-scrapers to put a value on any of their life’s literary labours… yeez’ll find it hard to get a number as a reply… that anybody should be expected to labour for the best part of months, and sometimes years, to craft their masterpiece, then be asked to throw it away for less than the price of a Starbucks is totally beyond my comprehension… but then, I’m just a daft ol’ Scots Jurassic, so what do I know?… thankfully, I’ve managed (almost) to acquire that extra layer of rhino skin yeez need as a scribbler as defence against such aberrations as a negative review, or yer laptop exploding at the wrong time (is there a ‘right’ time for yer Mac to combust?…) …yesterday I was pleased to have that added skin protection… here’s what happened… all this week, I’ve been dabbling in the Amazon Countdown Program, where yeez offer yer wee tomes at hugely discounted prices for a limited period… it seems that sumb’dy actually bought my Jack Calder crime thriller,VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, for the massive outlay of Stg 0.99… so far so good… then, Mabel… oh then… promptly REFUNDED their expenditure… gob-smacked, I was… stunned with this reversal in my accruing fortune… bang went the vision of the downpayment for the Ferrari… hopes of that month-long five-star cruise to the Caribbean evaporated in a nano-second… happily, another party came and bought a copy for the same price… p’raps all is not yet lost… now, where did I leave the number for that cruise-booking agent?… with only one day and eighteen hours left on the Countdown, maybe another sale for Stg 0.99 is gonna come cascading in… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ

AMAZON LINKS FOR VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

US  http://amzn.to/W59BB3

UK  http://amzn.to/13yV1YX

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