Deals and Giveaways Galore!

Lots going on this weekend and I hope you can all take advantage of it. I’m co-sponsoring with The Kindle Book Review $400 worth of Amazon gift cards. This giveaway ends on September 27, so make sure to get in on the deal. Greatly appreciate your like on Facebook and a look at my novel in the process.

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Speaking of that novel, you can still enter to win a paperback copy of “A Love Story for a Nation” on Goodreads through September 30. Enter here!

Enter to win paperback copy on Goodreads here!

And lastly, that novel has been slashed on Kindle 76% – from $3.99 to $0.99 – through Sept 26. This is the first time it’s been offered below list price. Grab yourself a compelling read for the price of a candy bar.

On Here!  Amazon UK Here!

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Two Book Giveaways for USA & Malaysia

I have simultaneous book giveaways which just kicked off in the USA and Malaysia on Goodreads.

First, if you live in the USA, you can get yourself a paperback copy of my new release, “A Love Story for a Nation.”  Head on over to Goodreads at this LINK to enter.

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Second, if you live in Malaysia, you can enter to win a copy of my debut novel in paperback, “Beauty Rising.” And you might have a good chance to win. Only three have entered so far, so the odds are in your favor. Here’s the link: Beauty Rising

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Win a Paperback Copy of “A Love Story for a Nation”

Here’s your chance to win a real, three-dimensional copy of my new release, A Love Story for a Nation.

All you have to do is enter the giveaway on Goodreads at this LINK. (Note: this is for USA residents only. Sorry. I’ll do some more international giveaways in the future.)

Here’s the giveaway intro:

Look what reviewers have said about this new release: “A Must Read,” “an Incredible Tale,” “Beautiful and Hauntingly Written,” “Destined to be a Classic,” “Sent Shivers Down My Spine on more than one occasion,” … “A Love Story for a Nation,” – A hauntingly beautiful look at the concept we all hold dear: freedom!

As nightly raids burn the capital city, the mundane existence of Gerald Sanpatri takes a dramatic shift when Rosia walks into his life bringing laughter and unexpected love. She inspires the ex-writer to once again take up his pen and write the impossible: a love story for an entire nation. A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Good luck!

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Win a Paperback Copy of My Novels!

I know many people still prefer the feel of a real book – paper and glue – in your hands. Well, here’s your chance to win a paperback copy of either “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” or “Beauty Rising” through a Goodreads giveaway.

All you need is a free Goodreads account and you can win. You can click the links below to enter. Good luck and I do hope it’s a good read for you!

Enter to Win a Paperback Copy of “The Reach of the Banyan Tree”

Enter to Win a Paperback Copy of “Beauty Rising”


I like Vietnam so much, it’s unfair. Here’s proof.

I stacked the deck in a soon to be closing Goodread’s giveaway of my first novel, Beauty Rising.  Look at this:

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I’m giving away a free copy to only people from Vietnam. This, perhaps, is one of the all time great giveaways in terms of odds on Goodreads. Currently, as I type this, only seven people requested it. Isn’t that awesome!

It closes on September 1st, so notify all of your Vietnamese friends who are fluent in English to enter to win!

Indie Authors Plan – the Reading Gods Laugh

Indie authors plan – the reading gods laugh.

An indie author can only cast a wide net.

The problem is that there is no way to know how many readers will be caught in the net’s webbing. Sometimes it’s a great haul. Sometimes it’s a rusty can and an old boot.

Is there anything less scientific in the world than trying to determine how to find readers?

I’ve posted recently about my anemic Goodreads ad. I’ve had a lot of anemic ads.

I’ve had some ads that have worked.

I’ve had free promotions which were amazing – digital copies flew off the imaginary shelves like a black Friday sale at Walmart.

I’ve had free promotions which were quite stagnant.

I’ve had good reviews which generated a bunch of sales.

I’ve had good reviews which generated about as much interest as my former cat had in me petting her.

What does it all mean?

It means that indie authors plan, the reading gods laugh.

There is no formula.

No magic bullet.

No one size fits all marketing plan that will work. There’s no guaranteed blog tour, or Amazon algorithm, or amazing guest post, or (most definitely) Goodreads ad which is going to be the magical breakthrough you are looking for.

What am I saying? Is it useless to try and promote your writing?

Not at all. It is just impossible to know what will work. (It’s rather easy to know what will not work, but I’m guessing you’ll try it anyways. Why not? It’s just money.)

The reading gods are in control. They laugh at our effort, and they occasionally grand mercy on a poor indie soul, by opening the floodgates and releasing untold readers upon an unsuspecting plot.

When it will happen, nobody knows.

Who it will happen to, nobody knows.

All an indie author is to do is to keep the faith, keep promoting, cast that wide net, try new things, and try your darnedest to ingratiate yourself into the bosom of the reading gods.

You just never know.

(Can you tell I spent the afternoon on promotion?)

I clearly don’t know how to write ad copy yet.

I wrote this ad for Goodreads: “Please read my book. It’s very boring. It’s got three, two-star reviews.”

Okay, that’s not exactly the wording, but the effect of the actual ad that I wrote would have been the same.

I’ve dabbled in Goodreads Self-Advertising a time or two with mixed results. I’ve gotten plenty of clicks in the past for ad copy I have written, but for this new ad, zero clicks stacked upon zero clicks, followed up by zero clicks.

Yes, it must be the worst ad in the history of the world. No, I won’t post the actual copy. I’d be too embarrassed.

Well, I finally had time to change the wording. I completely got rid of every consonant, syllable, or vowel which was remotely associated with the first ad. So, hopefully, things will start clicking.

These are the small, challenging things about being an indie author. Where to advertise? And after the ‘where’ is decided, how to advertise? All the decisions, all the planning, all the time, all the strategy is up to me. It’s a lot to take on, and really the major challenge that indie authors face.

Writing stories is the easy part.

Writing ad copy and managing all the other stresses of promoting ones work is the difficult part.

But the fact remains, the promoting is just as important as the writing, unless your purpose for writing is only to produce pages of words in which to line the walls of your reclusive writer’s cave. (and my wife’s not going for that)