Great Review!

I just got the most wonderful review of my short story, The Locked Door, on Smashwords.

“Wow. This reminded me a bit of Lovecraft, only it didn’t have all the archaic adjectives and it had a female protagonist, something HPL would never have dreamed of. I always liked the weird house genre and this story fits the bill.

I just have to ask of the author, did anyone ever nickname you “Creepy”?”

Well they have now! And considering the story, I take it as a compliment. Hope this guy gets a look at Letters To The Damned if he likes creepy.

The short story is FREE on Smashwords. Please, help yourself to a copy.

New Instafreebie

Just posted a short story on Instafreebie https://www.instafreebie.com/free/0fEQK

I’ve had this one out online, but now I’ve put it on Smashwords and Instafreebie so maybe it will get more exposure. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s called The Locked Door.

I may expand this one into a book eventually. I’ve had requests to do that.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been convinced to keep an official mailing list. Please do sign up! I will be using it to share the great promotions I get into with other good Horror authors.

Mailing Lists – Convenient or Horrific?

I’ve just finished participating in a promotion to give away free books, I put A Christmas Tale up for free copies, since it’s after Christmas and sales for that one are likely to lull until next holiday season.

It’s still on Instafreebie until 6th February if you missed it and want a copy.

Now, a lot of authors sign up for this site to get readers on their mailing list. Mailing lists are a good thing, as long as the recipient is interested in getting emails from the author.

I don’t have a Mailchimp account or any other service. Why? Because I’ve requested free books from these promotion services and found myself inundated with blog posts from far too many authors, each of them assuming you’re going to read their free book right away and either asking for feedback or pushing sales of the next book in a series.

I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on my readers. Many might have grabbed my Christmas book while it was free and decided to save it until next Christmas to read it. That’s fine with me.

If you look down the left side of my blog page, there is a sign-up box to follow this blog. If you want to know about my new releases and anything else I might write about here, please do sign up. I don’t post all that often so when I do, it should be about something relevant to people who want to read my books.

I’ve found myself unsubscribing from mailing lists after one or two posts because these email marketing posts clog my inbox and are far too sales oriented to stay in my comfort zone. I don’t care what the common author marketing advice says, I don’t want anyone to want to unsubscribe from me. It creates a negative impression.

What I would like to get out of these promotions is more reviews. Especially on Amazon. My publisher gave away twenty copies of one of my books on the LibraryThing early reviewer page and not one of them left a review on Amazon. Only three left one on LibraryThing.

So if you want to thank me for a free book or for an enjoyable read, please, leave a review on Amazon. I won’t answer back to criticism, I promise! It’s for other readers after all. I will read it and learn from it, but I will always be grateful for the review, good, bad, or indifferent. So far the reviews have been good overall.

If you want to follow my blog, do sign up by email in the left column. I won’t inundate you or pressure sales you. I guarantee that.

Audiobooks!

Just in time for Christmas, A Christmas Tale has now been released in audiobook!

audiotileBuy on Amazon or Amazon UK!

Narrated by Lauren Ezzo

Few Christmas stories hold as much fascination as the story,

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Inspired by the Dickens tale, three young women decide to hold a séance to raise the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. They don’t expect a result, but what they call out of the aethyr gives them a creepy holiday they will never forget,

if they live to tell the tale!

The Morning After

Well my first experience of marketing with other authors has come and gone and I’ve sent out some free books this morning.

What have I learned from this?

  1. Marketing events get your name around, even if the attendance is low. My Facebook page has gained some followers as has my blog.
  2. I need to get more books out!

The indie author community are a friendly and helpful bunch. Whether book sales are generated in the long or short term, events are fun. They drag me out of my garret.

So, on to what comes next. I have a Dystopian series in mind, but I also want to develop the story started in a short story, which you can read here.

Anyone care to state a preference?