Sunday, December 15, 2013

Final Days Of My Kindle Offer

Pabby's Score, the third book in my Kindle holiday promotion, will be discounted from Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 22, 2014. The eBook pricing starts at $1.99 for 54 hours, escalates to $3.99 for the next 54 hours and winds up at $5.99 during the final hours. I've heard so much about the Kindle offers I thought that I would try them first hand.

In this story the proprietors of Prairie Winds Golf Course are sued by an overzealous lawyer who is looking for a quick settlement in what appears to be an insurance scam. An Internet dating affair weaves its way through the pages. Two special needs children, Pabby and Shae, get involved in an orientation program at the golf course and unknowingly get tangled in the web of events. Add a chance meeting with falcons, some thoroughbred racing, a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point as well as a secret society and Pabby's Score becomes a busy read that has received excellent reviews.

Aside from that the Kindle Countdown experience has been enlightening. Sales have increased as has online exposure. Target numbers were not reached, but Internet visibility skyrocketed. When the promotion is over I'll sit down and see if it was worth it, but my initial thought is that more books were sold than if I didn't reach out. The only drawback was that the eBooks could only be offered by Kindle.
During the first week of December Kindle offered promotional pricing for Lifetime Loser which is the first book in the Prairie Winds Golf Course series. This story centers around the swindle of an estate, the theft of a golf course and civil fraud.

Opur's Blade was promoted during the second week of the month. A prodigy suffers through family strife, a future without aim and a sudden love interest. Unpredictable events allow the story to build to a dramatic ending.

Simon Barrett of Blogger News Network had this to say about Pabby's Score, "Perhaps the best yet from James Ross. A biting look at our modern world."

Treat yourself to Pabby's Score. Meet the characters that frequent Prairie Winds Golf Course. Get the latest in my series and let me know what you think.

Pabby’s Score is the fifth novel in the Prairie Winds Golf Course series from James Ross. It is a story with INNOCENCE – GREED – CORRUPTION – and SEX, as well as a few laughs and several surprises.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Kindle Countdown Continues

Opur's Blade, here we come! During the second week in December one of my most popular books will be discounted on Kindle.

It is easy to see why Amazon has risen to the forefront in book sales and marketing. Kindle has developed a neat promotional tool. With a 90-day commitment to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select an author can choose several different options in an attempt to increase exposure.

For my first experience I elected to try the Countdown Deal program. Essentially I chose the starting price of my book and the number of price changes that would occur during the 6-day promotional period. The drawback was that I could not offer the titles in any other eBook format.

During the first week, Lifetime Loser, my first novel that kicked off the Prairie Winds Golf Course series, was offered at discounted prices. To stay in real time KDP Select updates their sales statistics almost immediately. While the number of units sold was lower than expected it was encouraging to see my author and book ranking soar from a percentage standpoint as one-click purchases were made. My marketing on all of the social networking sites increased as well as my presence on some book sites that marketed directly to Kindle users/readers.

During the second week of the promotion, Opur's Blade, will be offered. This is the 4th book in the series. After a freak accident the child prodigy (Opur) perfects his putting stroke using a tired, worn-out putter. During his journey he has to deal with family hardship, a future without aim and a sudden love interest. Through a stroke of good fortune he rises to the top of his profession and earns an opportunity to play opposite the world's number one player in the most elite golf tournament in the US --- The Classic.

While it appears that this story might interest golfers only I think that reader comments will confirm that there is a lot more going on in this story than just golf. This character-based novel draws male AND female readers into the heart of the action.

Pabby's Score, my latest, will be promoted the following week. After that we will sit down, analyze the sales and where they came from as well as the publicity that was generated to see if another promotion will be considered. I will say that the preliminary results have been very encouraging. I love the way Amazon provides recommendations based on genre, hot sellers and Kindles users. Up to this point my experience could be categorized as -- so far, so good!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Author James Ross: Books on Kindle's December Countdown

Author James Ross: Books on Kindle's December Countdown:       My apologies for the lack of input on this blog, but sometimes LIFE JUST GETS IN THE WAY. The golf season was active, scree...