Hey, everyone! The hardest and most time-consuming part of self-publishing a book is, without a doubt, marketing and publicity. Most of us who write stories aren’t natural sales people, so we struggle when it comes to pushing our stories, no matter how strongly we believe in them. And every minute we spend working on that is a minute not spent writing, so we tend to shy away from the marketing side of self-publishing.
As I said earlier, Hell’s Marshal went on sale (Kindle version) on the 14th for $1.49, and dropped again to 99-cents a few days later as part of a marketing push to get sales rolling. Since going on sale, it’s gone back and forth in Amazon’s western horror sub-genre, ranking between number 7 (where is as I write this) and number 13. I’d love to get it into the top 5 and keep it there for a while, so I’m asking you for help. It’s really easy to do:
- The easiest way to help–buy a copy. For under a buck, it’s painless, and has the most direct influence on ranking.
- If you liked it, leave a review. Doesn’t have to be more than a few words, really, and a star rating. After purchases, reviews are next in the Amazon algorithm hierarchy of important data.
- And finally, recommend the book. You can do this by word of mouth, or be sharing a post like this, so more people buy the book. (And ask them to review it too.)
It’s that simple.
And for those wondering, Hell’s Butcher (Book Two) is undergoing my revisions right now. It’ll go through beta readers around Thanksgiving, then through my editor (the amazing Jen Severino from Twitching Pen Editing) in early December. That’s about the time Michelle Johnson from Blue Sky Designs will start on the cover art, too. I expect this book out in early spring. In this volume–which is a bit longer than book one–Frank and his posse end up on the sophisticated east coast, tracking an infamous assassin and his gang as they try to stir up trouble in the nation’s capitol.
As a special installment, I hope to have Guilty, the pre-quel to Frank’s adventures as Hell’s Marshal, out in late spring, so everyone can know how he came to be the marhal he is!
Here’s a link to the Kindle Version of Hell’s Marshal: Buy on Amazon