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Offline Nostrabuttus

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Keep Trying New Stuff
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:14:09 PM »
This is a bit long, but it shows how trying different stuff can pay off. For those you who don't know, I am self-published. Small publishers offered to publish my stories, but I turned them down, because they wanted to pay me what they thought I was worth. Large publishers were even smarter.

I would have never written a Bigfoot story had it not been for a contest to write a 3000 word Bigfoot short story. My short story was published in an anthology along with many others. I thought no more about it, until the rights to my story reverted back to me.

I expanded the story and self-published it along with an excerpt of my suspense novel. That is how I promote my books instead of bombarding my Facebook friends day in and day out. Free short stories allow readers to get a taste of my writing style without having to commit to spending money. I created a book cover and asked for help from my QT friends on a book blurb. The cover is cheesy, but the book blurb my QT friends came up with worked, but that is not what this post is about.

A few months later, I came across a Bigfoot group on FB. I joined it. Once allowed to become a member, I asked if it was all right to post about a Bigfoot story I had written. Given the go-ahead, I posted the link and assumed I might get a few downloads.

Well, apparently Bigfoot fans are more than eager to read Bigfoot stories, especially if they are free.  Since I don't check my statistics that often, I was unaware that my sales spiked across the board shortly after that post on the Bigfoot site. It appears that Bigfoot fans also read suspense novels they have to purchase as well as short stories they have to purchase.

My take on this is to keep trying new stuff. That is what makes self-publishing fun. My Bigfoot story has ending up being a good promotion tool. I am considering purchasing a real book cover.

You'll never guess what my next release is about. Bigfoot? No, Already did that. I am going to keep trying new stuff.
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Offline KimE

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Re: Keep Trying New Stuff
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014, 02:27:59 PM »
Congrats! I'll have to check it out.
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Re: Keep Trying New Stuff
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2014, 12:27:29 PM »
I personally like to give my short stories away, but in keeping with my keep trying new stuff philosophy, I decided to try out KDP Select for my latest short story release. If anyone has advice on how best to use the free days, speak up. If anything worthy comes from this, I will post the results.

If anyone wants to read PROM FRIDAY, I'll announce when the free days will be once I figure them out.

After receiving help from my QT friends, here is the book blurb I decided to go with:

If you get pegged with a nickname while attending high school, it means one of two things; your classmates are either making fun of you, or you did something to earn your moniker. The only girl left for Rabbit to ask to the prom is the one he vowed he'd never talk to again.

After 90 days, I plan to place the story on the other ebook retailer's sites.

Author of humorous short stories, mainstream suspense, mystery, and thriller novels.

https://jmdavisauthor.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @jmdavisauthor
http://jacklabloom.blogspot.com/