Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale on The Sullivan Saga - Free & 99¢ eBooks!


Hello, all! I'm pleased to announce that eBook versions of all three books of The Sullivan Saga will be 99¢/99p from Nov. 27 through Dec. 01! Additionally, Sullivan's War, the first book of the series, will be free Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. Click on the links below to get your copies!

Sullivan's War (Book 1) - Free Nov. 29-30, 99¢ all other dates

Sullivan's Wrath (Book 2) - 99¢ Nov. 27-Dec. 01

Sullivan's Watch (Book 3) - 99¢ Nov. 27-Dec. 01

Finally, the short story "Sleep," which takes place in the same universe as The Sullivan Saga, will be free on Sunday, Nov. 30:

Note: the 99¢/99p sales on Sullivan's Wrath and Sullivan's Watch only apply to the Amazon.com and Amazon UK stores. Sullivan's War will be free in all international Amazon stores Nov. 29-30 and is just 99¢ (or your country's equivalent) all other dates.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

101 Thoughts on Self-Publishing -- 017: Write that Completely Unmarketable Story

In the past, I've often thought about sales trends. There are a few genres of fiction that really seem to sell. Just take a look at Amazon's best sellers, and you'll see what I mean: it's dominated by thrillers and romance novels.

For a while, I worried that I was working in poor-selling genres. I thought about writing a straight thriller, with no speculative elements at all, but every time I do consider it, I can never get excited by the idea. There's nothing wrong with thrillers, of course, and my books have many elements of the thriller in them, but a real-world setting doesn't get my creative juices flowing the way a future world or an alternate reality can. When it comes down to it, if I try to force myself to write in a genre or style that doesn't work for me as a writer just because I think it would sell, I don't feel I'd be happy with the results.

Lately, I've been writing and brainstorming a few short story ideas. Some of them are a bit oddball, but the truth is they get me excited about writing. Maybe no one will want to read them. Maybe, if they are published, no one will like them. But that really doesn't matter. 

Writers have to acknowledge financial considerations. This is a business. You might be compelled to write a twelve-novel story arc about a guy trying to find his lost sock, but if you hope to make some money as a writer, well, you might want to have some side projects. That being said, you should try writing that story idea that seems completely unmarketable. Try out some short stories if you're worried about spending all that time on something that might not go anywhere. Yes, writing is a business, but passion and creativity are the driving forces behind that business. Without those things, fiction cannot exist. People read because they want to feel your passion, to lose themselves in the world you've created. 

Wherever your passion and creativity lead, you must follow. If you're lucky, you'll end up with something marketable. If you don't... well, you're a writer. Every word that skips from your fingertips is another turn of the grindstone, sharpening the tools of your trade. They'll cut that much more cleanly the next time you sit down to work.

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Look for The Sock, an epic tale of loss and acceptance, in the Spring of 2015.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 3 Twitter Tricks to Annoy People Into Buying Your Book

Twitter. It's amazing how much one can fit into 140 characters, but are you using those characters correctly? No one will buy your book unless they're forcefully instructed to do so. Yes, it's true, by annoying other Twitter users, you will see an increase in sales, follows and RTs. For those of you who haven't quite figured out how to maximize your ability to piss people off, here are 3 simple tricks that you can start using today! (Note: these tips are for authors, but with a little creativity, anyone with something to sell can take advantage of these ideas!)

1. Send spammy Tweets directly to other Twitter users!

It's easy to Tweet about your book and hope others who follow you and are interested in that book will check it out, but unless you're Tweeting about your book twenty or thirty times an hour (that one's free!) then you're not maximizing your potential to be a pain in the ass! What you have to do instead is send Tweets about your book directly to other Twitter accounts. This way you know people will see your Tweets, because it'll show up right in their notifications along with relevant communications from their friends. But don't stop at just one or ten. Send out a stream of hundreds of such Tweets to different Twitter users. It doesn't even matter if they follow you or you follow them! Send them your spammy Tweets anyway! In fact, this is better, because if they followed you already, they'd have already known about and bought your book.

2. Set up an auto-DM to tell people about your book when they follow you.

This is even better than Tip 1 because since they followed you, of course they want to buy your book. Sending out an auto-DM pretty much assures an instant book sale. Think about it: if 20 people follow you in one day, you'll sell 20 books! Ca-Ching!

3. Demand that others RT you/follow you back.

Getting people to follow you is hard. If you've been stuck at 2001 follows for several months, it might be time to start being a bit more forceful. Sending something like "I just followed you. Follow me back!" helps make sure others will follow you, care about your book and buy it. Another good trick is to tell people that you'll RT them if they RT you. This can be combined with Tip 1 if you have enough characters left. After all, who wouldn't jump at the chance to get someone with 150 followers RTing them? Those 150 people have already bought your book, of course, so now you can get your social media empire working for others! It's just the generous thing to do.

Remember: no one will buy your book unless you annoy them about it. Start using these three tricks today, and you'll be guaranteed to exponentially boost your sales overnight!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Release: THE CITY BEYOND THE SANDS!

Book I of The Chronicles of Dushara is here!
Just 99¢ through Monday, August 18

When Will Kelly arrives in Dushara, he can tell he’s no longer on Earth. It may look like Earth, but people and animals from across history have been thrown together by some unknown force.

He soon embarks upon a perilous journey, hoping to reach the legendary City Beyond the Sands which, if it exists, may hold clues to the mystery of Dushara and ultimately lead him home. Along the way, he will have to learn how to survive in a cruel land where men live—and often die—by the sword.

The City Beyond the Sands is the first book of The Chronicles of Dushara, a thrilling, fast-paced adventure series set on a parallel Earth and written in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. The story will continue in Riders of the Red Land, due out October/November of 2014.

Get your copy of The City Beyond the Sands during this special 99¢ release sale! The sale will only last through Monday, August 18.

The City Beyond the Sands is Available at:
and all other Amazon Kindle stores

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

99¢ Sale: CHRYSOPTERON & SULLIVAN'S WATCH!

Beginning today (August 12), my novels Chrysopteron and Sullivan's Watch are each just 99¢ for one week! For UK readers, the price is 99p.

Chrysopteron is a stand-alone science fiction novel of space exploration and colonization. Get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon UK.

Sullivan's Watch is the third book of The Sullivan Saga, a science fiction adventure series. Get it at Amazon.com or Amazon UK, and click here to read about the other books in the series.

If you already have these books, I have a new novel coming out later this month. Stay tuned for the details!

Best,
Michael K. Rose