Experimenting with KDP Select this weekend!
Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m experimenting with the KDP Select Program this weekend to see if I can raise awareness of Eeek! in the USA. I’ll be blogging about how it went in due course.
In the meantime, if you have friends/neighbours or family with boys aged 7-10 who love soccer, please do let them know that they can download Eeek for free today and tomorrow using the links below. They don’t need to own a Kindle – they can read it on their phone/iPad/Kindle or laptop/PC using one of the free Kindle Apps
Eeek! has won praise from parents and teachers alike as being a great book for boys and for reluctant readers – and several schools have contacted me to say they are using it as class readers! It has also been included on the respected website LoveReading4Kids in their reluctant readers’ category which is curated by Julia Eccleshare of The Guardian and The Literacy Trust.
In principle I’m against KDP Select, because it restricts authors to marketing their e-book exclusively through Amazon. However, since Eeek! is only on Amazon at the moment and 99% of sales are in print which I still get paid for, I figure I have nothing to lose. Rather I will see if I can use KDP Select for my own PR ends. Whether or not it will work is another matter – I will report back in due course!
I’m hoping that this exercise will also lead more readers also to discover The Secret Lake which has had fabulous reviews both here and in the UK and continues to sell 150-200 copies a month in the Kindle store and regularly in print.
Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep – coming soon!
Another quick bit of news is that I’m pulling together the final illustrations and layout for my first children’s picture book – Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep!
Suffice it to say it’s a steep learning curve and I shall blog about the process once the book is out in the big wide world! I hope that will be by November 2012…so keep it in mind for Christmas if you have 3-6 year-olds who enjoy rhyming stories!
In the meantime you can get more previews of illustrations on Ferdinand Fox’s Facebook page !
Alliance of Independent Authors
I promised months ago that I would update my blog after joining the Alliance of Independent Authors. Working five days a week has prevented me from doing so alongside everything else – however I just want to say that it is a fantastic group to be part of if any of you following me are self-publishing and haven’t looked into it. They have a wonderful blog, loads of resources and a great ‘closed’ Facebook page where you can get fast feedback from other self-publishing authors. That feeling of isolation as a self-published author is now long gone! We even now have access to someone who will review our books for translation rights.
Check out their website below- and sign up to follow them on Twitter! @IndieAuthorALLI