The Wonderful World of Marketing

First off, Thanks Emit Blackwell and Apocalypse Guys. I did back to back interviews about my novel Into Armageddon this week. Check them out here:

Emit Blackwell Show Listen here: simplecast.com/s/84cf7233

Apocalypse guys read here:

And as always, check out my apocalyptic science fiction novel ‘Into Armageddon’ read here:

What a crazy week. I’ve had to back off the #WolfPackAuthors initiatives (website building and recruitment), and I’ve said “Give me two weeks,” to a few folks interested in joining. We’ve joined forces with Indies United Publishing House and FauphTalk Fiction (See promoted sites page). Working on a few things that will streamline the promotion process. i.e. building a standard set of tweets, integrate automation. I’ve seen my followers grow to over 4,000 in two months. Oh… and I have another interview at my local library next week.

I feel as though I’m spread a little thin with work, but all good problems to have, so i’m not complaining. I have decided… blogging really isn’t my thing. I don’t like non-fiction – real life (the political spectrum and global issues in particular) is so dreary, whereas the little world in my head is a whole lot more exciting. This “Blog” going forward will be for promotional purposes and writing updates (at least i’ve got that figured out.) Guess i’ll just keep on, keepin’ on – writing, editing, marketing (but mostly writing, that’s the fun part.)

INTO ARMAGEDDON

 

The product of unchecked genetic manipulation, Erica may hold the key to humanity’s survival. Born in an underground genetics facility, along with ten other children of The Order, a pseudo-Christian terrorist group, she’s been hunted. On the run for over fifteen years, her only wish is to live free and in peace.

Now, the world has changed. Human apex predators – Hunters, roam freely; humanity has bound together in pockets of resistance. The children of The Order have turned on their masters in a race for supremacy; spread out across the country, systematically taking over key military installations. They are unchallenged but for one… Erica. Will she run, as she always has or risk losing all she holds dear – her freedom, her family, her very existence?

The Death of a Hero

Likely you didn’t know him, but you should have. He wasn’t a famous celebrity or politician, rather he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, cousin, friend and… golfer. In his professional life, he worked each day to provide for his family. In his retirement, he lived a quiet life, surrounded by family; he golfed and traveled often.

To me, he was ‘Grandpa Fred,’ the soft spoken, but ever present patriarch of my family. To me, he was a guiding hand in the most difficult of times. A man that supported my ambitions, when I was unsure of them myself.

I expect those that did know him would love nothing more than an afternoon, sitting and talking with him.

His life is an ideal to strive for. Mourn his passing, of course, but more than that, celebrate the life of a truly GOOD man, for there are so few today.

INTO ARMAGEDDON

The Order, a mysterious and powerful organization, has infiltrated the U.S. government at the highest levels, bent on remaking humanity in its image. Deep in their underground genetics facility, they’ve created a new race of enhanced humans, among other deadly creations in their arsenal.

As an infant, Erica escaped the facility, but will she ever be able to escape her fate? In hiding for over 15 years, she’s been hunted. Her only wish, to live free and in peace.

Now the world has changed. A viral outbreak manufactured by The Order, human apex predators roam freely, humanity has bound together in pockets of resistance. The children of The Order have turned on their masters in a race for supremacy; spread out across the country, systematically taking over key military installations.

Though not entirely human, Erica may hold the key to humanity’s survival. Will she run, as she always has? Will she stand, one against many and risk losing all she holds dear – Her freedom, her family, her very existence?

Into Armageddon is the beginning of a dystopian post apocalyptic world that includes elements of Military Fiction, Science Fiction, hard science and genetic engineering, but reads like an action/ adventure and romance all wrapped up into one pulse pounding novel that you won’t want to put down. It’s the first book in the Ruler of Ashes series.

Patience

My free book offer comes to a close and I’m left with the following insights:

Marketing a book is difficult, I guess that’s why there are professionals marketing their marketing skills to me.

I’ve managed to get around 140 ‘free’ purchases and/ or paperback orders this week. I’m pleased with that, but hopefully it snowballs.

It’s odd, I’ve never cared much for social media and certainly not for likes and shares, yet I’m left to that particular platform to help me reach people. Thanks to family and friends who have helped.  It seems I need more comments on Amazon. Hopefully that will happen in time, once people finish reading.

Also, my wife told me I needed to relax today and go fishing. Caught about 20 bass. Woo!

This post is about as jumbled as my head right now, but I’ll go ahead and post it anyway. Marketing is now my least favorite part of writing a book. Enjoy the read!

Jeff

INTO ARMAGEDDON

Hi all,

As promised, here’s the link to my newly published book.

The product of unchecked genetic manipulation, Erica may hold the key to humanity’s survival. Born in an underground genetics facility, along with ten other children of The Order, a pseudo-Christian terrorist group, she’s been hunted. On the run for over fifteen years, her only wish is to live free and in peace.

Now, the world has changed. Human apex predators – Hunters, roam freely; humanity has bound together in pockets of resistance. The children of The Order have turned on their masters in a race for supremacy; spread out across the country, systematically taking over key military installations. They are unchallenged but for one… Erica. Will she run, as she always has or risk losing all she holds dear – her freedom, her family, her very existence?

Free on kindle until Wednesday. Happy reading!

It’s Published

Hi All!

My book INTO ARMEGEDDON is now published on Amazon, both on Kindle and in paperback. Link to follow. A good day indeed. Sadly, it was self published. It feels a little like a defeat, however I know logically that this isn’t the case. After sending around 40 query’s out to various agents and getting very little in return, I reached out to a very successful, self-published author. His first comment boiled down to ‘make sure your writing doesn’t suck.’ Though it was more eloquently put, the point was well taken. I gave up on continued queries and started editing it like crazy. Links to follow and happy reading!

Jeff