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Okadabooks Author page, Amazon No 1 genre listing and other fun facts

Broken Ties  - ENGLISH NEW

Broken Ties

Last week was meant to be pretty uneventful. Write a few  thousand words of Keepers (the last book in the Mentalist series), run a promo with ManyBooks to get some exposure for the recently updated cover of Broken Ties, help a friend beta-read her novel, do some real bill paying work (ah, the joys of being an architect), and find time to warm up my vocal chords to sing with my choir at the London Marathon. All in all, a busy week but nothing too spectacular. And then this happened.

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I knew the promo ad would make a (little) difference to downloads but I was totally overwhelmed by the boost it actually gave. And it wasn’t just Amazon that yielded results – my Smashwords, iBooks and Barnes and Noble downloads had considerably  increased activity as well. I was still getting over the excitement of finally seeing Broken Ties at the top of an Amazon genre list when this happened too.

 

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Yep, I’ve been given my very own Okadabooks Author page! I was so thrilled about the news, it took me a few hours to gather my spinning thoughts before I emailed/texted my family and close friends about it.  For those of you who are thinking “what the heck is that?”, Continue reading

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A bit early but…Goodbye 2013!

This is my last post for the year. It’s been a busy, busy one and I’m grateful to everyone who has stuck with me through it all. Two books released this year, a blog tour, cover reveal, lots of giveaways, a couple of book cover revamps. And let’s not forget, lots of random posts about the craziness in my head. I hope I’ve succeeded in keeping you all marginally entertained. I thought I should end the year on a high, so here’s the revamped cover for The Other Slipper, which I put out last week. Hope you like it. Merry Christmas everyone and have a fabulous New Year!

The Other Slipper cover

The Altercation of Vira – Rebranding

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In a post last month, I mentioned that I was revamping some of my older book covers; three of them to be precise. The Summer of Brian got its makeover at the start of October and, after a long process of head scratching, uhming and arhing, I settled on an idea for the new cover of The Altercation of Vira. I was surprised at how many options I had to mull over with this one – blue umbrella and stones, ghost town, red stalks, green sun with red sky…you’ll understand the links if you’ve read the book. Turns out I had far too many objects to play with than I’d considered when I worked on the original cover. But I decided to shun all that and go down another route. Once it got the nod from my team of cover eyeballers (thanks guys!), I put it up on Amazon et al and went on to post about it on Book Goodies and Indie Author Land on Friday.

Between Friday afternoon and this morning, downloads had shot up 500%! I know it could all be a huge coincidence brought on by the weekend weather or something, but I hope it’s not. The good news is, since Friday, Vira has been sitting on Amazon.com’s Top 100 free Teen/YA Sword and Sorcery list and Amazon.co.uk’s Top 100 free Children’s ebooks Love and Romance list. Brilliant, no? That last category is odd because the characters are older than 18 but, hey, I won’t knock it. Being on any list means it is visible to readers who would otherwise not have heard of it. Moral of the story? I need to start work on the cover of The Other Slipper. Looks like I’ll be busy from now until Christmas.

The Summer of Brian – Rebranding

The Summer of Brian cover

Seeing as I’m a sucker for over working myself, I recently decided to rebrand some of my older books. The covers for Aversion and Sentient kind of stand out from the rest and I’ve wanted to give my other novels a makeover for some time now. So, I started with the short and sweet “The Summer of Brian”. Funny thing about this novella is that I’ve never marketed it like I’ve done for the others, yet it has been my fastest selling work and given me the most total sales (I think it’s probably out sold all the others put together). Shocking! Anyway I thought I’d give it some TLC first, seeing as it’s been so good to me. Like all my other covers, I’ve gone for a simple theme – single(ish) item in the middle of a page. Hope you like it.

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