Monday, January 14, 2013

My New Book On Amazon

For years, I've had a dream of being a fiction novelist. And for years, I've never even come close to picturing myself actually writing a novel.

It just never crossed my mind that actually writing novels would lead to me being a novelist. I assumed some other step would need to be inserted in there in order to have the "okay" to begin writing novels -- like maybe a million dollars in the bank, or a free couple of years to try it out without any consequences if it just fizzled out as an idea. I don't know.

As I learned more about digital publishing, however, and some of the success stories of people publishing on Kindle, it firstly, gave me a new found respect for the geniuses running Amazon, and secondly, it has morphed into an all encompassing new direction I'm taking my life. Writing fiction.

My First Novel -- Foreign Deceit


Foreign Deceit is now available on Amazon for $.99. For two months I've been laboring hard, nights, days, even sometimes on the weekends, on my first fiction novel, and it's finally published.

After three weeks, sales are under 100 copies, but I also know that, although I am 100% complete with one novel, I'm actually less than 50% done with what needs to be done -- as I'm going to need two novels to actually get any momentum whatsoever within the Kindle marketplace...I think.

Why?

Because Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, allows you to put a title for free for 5 days every 90 days. During those free days, one can attract thousands of readers of the book -- often upwards of tens of thousands if marketed right. The kicker is, there needs to be a link in the back of that book to the next book if you want to gain any momentum...and of course the book that was just read needs to have delivered.

The idea is, you then repeat the process with the next book (Free - link in back to the others). You can see how momentum could build if one had 5, 6, or 10 good stories in the market.

So, is my book delivering?

Some of My More Notable Reviews So Far...


David Wolf has some serious depth to him and I can't wait to peel back the layers on this well developed character and get to know him, by way of his adventures, better. If you like mystery thrillers with a strong but human hero, I recommend this book to you.
-Amazon Reviewer

I would highly recommend this read. You will not put it down until you finish with the last page. Looking forward to the next story.

-Amazon Reviewer

Huh. It didn't suck as much as I though it would. It was actually good.
-My Brother


Anyway, there's just a few of the reviews. There's a few more positive ones that have been rolling in over the last week or so.

My free time for the next month is going to be hard at work on the next installment in the David Wolf series, and I'll report my experience here on the blog. I assume the process of writing will become faster, as I don't need to learn how to write, plot, elements of fiction, etc...but that could be assuming too much.

You can check out the book by clicking here -- If you read it, review it, recommend it to a friend, press the "like" button on Amazon, or any combination of the aforementioned support, I would be forever grateful.

As for my end of the bargain -- I've poured a lot of hours into creating this story, making sure it provides hours of solid entertainment before unleashing it. (Being extra careful not to use the term "unleashing it" anywhere in the book.)

7 comments:

  1. Very cool, Jeff!

    Its actually not about IM!

    I was following another marketer trying the same with kindle, and they ended writing about making money online. It was obvious and pretty disappointing.

    I don't know if I have any stories in me but I may have find out!

    Good luck!

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  2. Thanks for the support Owen.

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  3. This is a great way forward for anyone who wants to write fiction and Kindling is the best training out there, so keep going Jeff!

    Good luck!

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  4. Thanks Alex. It is a lot of fun, but there's a lot more effort ahead. Okay, back to it... :)

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  5. Hi Jeff,
    great to hear from you again!
    Good to see you have written your novel, I am going to purchase and review on Amazon.UK.
    I am just completing my own Kindle book. It has been a real struggle as I am not a natural writer and have not done much since School! The other big issue is designing a cover - I did not have a clue as to how important this is and how difficult to do well. So I decided to do a training course and have been mastering Gimp. I decided it would be a good investment of time to learn Graphics etc. I will let you know when I publish and would appreciate your opinion. Please send out more updates in future as I really enjoy your writing and thoughts (on any subject, not just IM !)
    regards,
    Paul.

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  6. Thanks Paul for purchasing and reviewing it, and you're nice comments. Let me know when you publish yours for sure. I'd be happy to take a look. I'd say that if you are getting in a big rut with the Gimp thing, however, remember to take a look at Fiverr.com...you'd be surprised at some of the good work on there for covers. Of course, having said that, I personally used my brother in law who is great with "Adobe Fireworks".

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  7. Thanks Jeff,
    I will post a review in a couple of days and let you know about my book (eventually) when done.
    Paul.

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