Wednesday Ramblings

Confession time; I haven’t gotten any writing done this week. I’ve been busy on the promotion front, and several things with this blog have kept me busy. This is by choice, because October has always been my best sales month. There are some big things coming up in October. There are a couple of group tours involving books with a paranormal theme. (Halloween, and all that.)

If you’re in the mood for some seasonal reading, I have three novels that might fit the bill. There are also two Notebooks with spooky stories in them.

Aside from supporting all the things I already have in motion, I want to do some individual promotions. There are a lot to choose from, but none of them seem to be a magical portal to author success. There are Kindle Countdown Deals, Amazon giveaways that are like a Rafflecopter, Kindle free days, Amazon advertisements, and even Facebook boosts. I’ll probably run all of them at one time or another.

Part of the problem I’m seeing is when the “deal” expires. Most of my heavy promotion is going to be for Will O’ the Wisp. If I run a discount during the tour, eventually the discount ends. I can’t quite see how that will influence the rest of the tour. Feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Any promotion I do for The Playground or Panama doesn’t have that problem. I’ve kind of decided to set up some free days for Panama in the first week of October. This is before the blog tours all start, and might prime the pump a bit. I may even do a small Facebook boost to go along with it. The Rave Reviews Book Club is big on supporting free and 99 cent deals, so I can leverage them a bit too.

Rumor has it that if you do a FB boost, your subsequent postings get squeezed out. Does anyone have any insight on this? I don’t want to hurt my guests for Lisa Burton Radio, or perhaps my own Halloween themed micro-fiction.

Somewhere along the way, I’ll probably do a 99 cent sale for The Playground. It absolutely has some paranormal themes, and I’m not ready to give it away yet. It’s a new book for cryin’ out loud. Maybe I could run an Amazon ad to support it while the deal is running??? Do any of you have any cautions or experience with doing both things at once?

That leaves Will O’ the Wisp as my Amazon Giveaway candidate. I could set up five free books as prizes and maybe, by then, could support it with another FB boost. The question here is if I should require following my Amazon Author page as the price of entry. It’s always been an option, but I don’t know of anyone who’s done it. In fact I’ve never seen anyone write about getting followers of their Amazon page at all. This blog feeds directly into mine, so it’s not a stagnant page. (I smell an experiment brewing. You know how I get with experiments.)

There isn’t any sense getting crazy with either Notebook. They are permanently 99 cents already. If you might like some Halloween themed short fiction, both books have some. Speaking of themed micro-fiction, Macabre Macaroni will post on Tuesdays this year. Those are free on my blog. Question for you guys: Would it be acceptable to mention whatever I currently have going on at the end of those posts? I know it’s my blog and all that, but should I just leave the stories for what they are?

I have three guest posts already scheduled, but two of them are this week. (Friday & Saturday.) I’ll reblog those and support the heck out of them. Obviously, I’ll accept all the help I can get during all these gyrations. If you have things going on, let me know and I’ll try to support back. Tuesdays and Thursdays are kind of committed on the blog though. Other forms of social media are like Jello, there’s always room for them.

In other news, I’ve been accepted into an anthology that will be coming out in October. I haven’t gotten the word to release much more than that, but I’ll be promoting it too. They were willing to accept something I’ve used before, so my inclusion is one of last year’s Macabre Macaroni stories called There’s a Cat on my Grave.

Part of the deal is that I’m supposed to do kind of a beta read before this weekend. Hahahahahahaha. (Sorry) The fact is that my wife and her sister have plans tonight. I’ll probably tackle the reading, to whatever degree I can, tonight. At least I don’t have to read my own entry. I’ll bet the other stories are good too, judging from the author names.

I’m nearly at deer-in -the-headlights mode, but not quite. All I have to do is schedule the Panama free days, and it will all break loose. Let me hear from you. Do you have insight on my questions? Have an opinion on my plans? Have a better idea that I haven’t thought of? Know any dirty jokes?

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43 responses to “Wednesday Ramblings

  1. All sounds like it should produce something. I have no answers.

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  2. I think it should be all right to mention what you’ve got going on.

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  3. That sounds pretty busy and I like your promo plan. As for Facebook ads, I’ve heard the same thing. This was a year or two ago, so I don’t know if it still rings true. A few authors I knew back then had done the ad for a post or whatever and then saw the numbers plummet once it was done. Not sure if this was a squeeze or simply an effect of going back to ‘normal’ after the promo period. I can’t find any info on this, but I don’t know what I’m looking for besides ‘Facebook ads’. Honestly, I see them now and mistake them for regular posts, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    No dirty jokes in mind. Sorry.

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  4. Jack goes to his friend Mike and says …”I’m sleeping with the minister’s wife. Can you keep him back in church for an hour after service for me?”
    Mike doesn’t like it, but being a friend, he agrees.
    After the service, Mike starts talking to the minister, asking him all sorts of stupid questions, just to keep him occupied.
    Finally the minister gets annoyed and asks Mike what he’s really up to.

    Mike, feeling guilty, finally confesses to the minister…
    “My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied.”

    The minister thinks for a minute, smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Mike’s shoulder and says…
    “You better hurry home now. My wife died a year ago.”

    Hey, you asked for it. I’ve got reams of this stuff. Stole most of it off FB.

    The FB promos never have resulted in sales for me, but it is exposure. Sometime people say to me, “What the hell are you doing in my feed? Do I know you?” I explain that FB promotes to people who like to read and I have no control over who the promo goes out. They come back with “Okey Dokey.” After a boost, I have found that the next three posts I make on my FB author page (blog post feed mostly) get boosted out to a larger number of people than usual. Then FB asks me if I want to boost another post. I say no. Then it all stops and I’m good to be seen by twenty people…if I’m lucky.

    I’m making a new mint flavored birth control pill that you take right before sex. I am calling them ‘Predickamints’. I’m going to market an injectable form with the tag-line, “You’re going to feel a little prick.” (An original.)

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  5. I am not good with jokes. I’m one of those people who cannot tell a good joke but for a rare occasion when the planets align just so.

    I’ve never boosted a post. In fact, I find myself using my author page on FB less and less. :/

    Congrats on your anthology selection! 😀

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  6. Your marketing plan sounds good. My advice: spread it around to get the most exposure.

    Now, here’s a dirty joke for you:

    Want to hear a dirty joke? A man fell in the mud.

    Want to hear a clean joke? He took a bath with bubbles.

    Want to hear another dirty joke? Bubbles was his neighbor.

    😉

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  7. Thanks for sharing your plans Craig, it’s interesting. I’ve tried FB ads and boosting posts and absolutely nothing has come of them, and yes, interaction afterwards has dipped considerably. I’ve always maintained for me that where I get the interest and support is Instagram, the blog, my newsletter and face-to-face. This was born out by my crowdfunder too. Good luck with all your plans. Looking forward to Macabre Macaroni 🙂

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  8. Hi,
    Congratulations on being accepted in the anthology! I know how you feel about not having time to write, but I do think your promotion work is right now more important. So hang in there. Writing will come back sooner than you think.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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  9. I absolutely LURVED There’s a Cat on my Grave! 😀 Good to hear it’s getting some more exposure! 😉

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  10. I admire your ability to get all of that done! I’m having difficulty just finding time to finish my novel by my self-imposed deadline. lol! I suck at promos, so I will be no help nor do I have any jokes to share, but I’m here and I’m reading and sharing, so it’s all good. 😉

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  11. Of course you should add a note about books on sale. I don’t find that at all sales-y. Looking forward to Macabre Macaroni. Which anthology? Congratulations!!!!

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