I need your help! Nominate my novel on Kindle Scout!

Book One of my soon to be released trilogy – A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far – is currently on Kindle Scout, vying for a Kindle Press publishing deal.

You can help! Please check out the Kindle Scout page for my novel. If you like what you read, nominate it. It helps get the attention of the Kindle Press editors. If my book is chosen, then you’ll be one of the first to receive a copy of it for FREE!

You have nothing to lose, but I do have something to gain. I greatly appreciate your help!

The campaign link is HERE!

Here’s the book’s blurb and cover.

Thanks for your support.

If she wanted help changing the world for one forgotten child, she chose the wrong man. Seventy-two-year-old Francis Frick would scorn his own family to close another deal. But Bee doesn’t see the world like you or me. She is an optimist, searching for potential where none exists, and so she hovers above Frick’s bed every night, eating pomegranates and waiting for his eyes to open to the possibilities. One night, it finally happens. A rogue droplet of juice slips through her fingers and hits the sleeping Manhattan businessman on the forehead, thrusting him on a series of baffling adventures to some of the twentieth century’s most brutal regimes—all to help Bee save a forgotten child of history.

A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far is part one of The Forgotten Child Trilogy—a one-of-a-kind adventure that mixes time travel, magical realism, and historical fiction into a contemporary story about an old man, his estranged daughter, and a tiny flying person in a white robe, who chooses to believe that anything can happen with enough prodding and an endless supply of pomegranates.

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Kindle Scout Campaign Ends Today: Thank you all!

Today is the last day of my new novel, A Love Story for a Nation, on Kindle Scout.


I couldn’t have been happier than to see this on the Kindle Scout homepage just a short time ago:

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It was in the number one position at the top of their website under hot and trending.

Very cool! I so much appreciate all the folks who stopped by to check it out and nominate it.

What’s next? I have no idea. I’ll wait for another two weeks to see if Kindle Press wants to publish it or not. I’m hopeful, but of course it is now completely out of my hands. But I have controlled what I do have control over, and I’ll leave to fate whatever I can’t control – like whether or not it will be published.

But this is what I did do:

  • I wrote the best possible novel I could.
  • I edited it like crazy, and then had my editor edit it.
  • I enlisted my favorite book cover designer to capture its mood very well.
  • I wrote the best possible book descriptions I could. (Yes, I hate this part.)
  • I put it on Kindle Scout and I promoted it like crazy through Facebook, Twitter, book reviewers, Thunderclap, and personal connections.

I’m very satisfied with the overall Kindle Scout campaign. I feel like I left no stone unturned, giving it my all. And that’s all I can do.

Would I have done anything differently?  I don’t think so. The one issue that I’m not completely sure about  is the Thunderclap campaign. It’s a great idea, but I found that many of my supporters thought the Thunderclap campaign was synonymous with the Kindle Scout campaign. I’m sure some who supported Thunderclap actually never nominated my book on Kindle Scout. It was rather confusing to explain the difference to everyone. I also didn’t see any tangible lift in the Kindle Scout campaign coinciding with the Thunderclap campaign.

So would I use Thunderclap again? Perhaps, but maybe under different circumstances.

Still, I was very pleased to see my book being labeled as “hot & trending” three different separate times over the thirty day period.

Now let’s see what will happen.

Thanks again to everyone who got involved.

A Quote from my New Novel: One Mustn’t Begrudge Sorrow

My new, yet-to-be-released novel is on Kindle Scout through May 15. Please head on over and read the first couple chapters and if it looks good, please nominate it. If you nominate it, then:

  • I could win a publishing contract with Kindle Press. That’s pretty cool for me!
  • If I win a publishing contract, then you, who nominated it, will get a free copy of the Kindle version of the novel upon release. That’s pretty cool for you!

Nominate on Kindle Scout HERE!

I’m really fond of this novel. I’m not sure if others will be, but it is focused around a remarkable character – a former writer and revolutionary who turned his back on everything for love. But when his love encourages him to once again get involved, he reluctantly takes up his pen and writes a love story for an entire nation.

I hope you will like it. Here’s an exclusive excerpt. I don’t want to give you any details about the setting of this quote because it might give too much away. No spoilers here. But here goes anyways. Thanks for your nomination on Kindle Scout.

“We mustn’t begrudge sorrow, for it will always be with us. It will be our companion throughout our entire life, so we should learn to live uncomfortably with it, like a battle wound that will never fully heal. The only moment we control is the present. And the only emotion which will help one to embrace life in the present is happiness. Smile and live. Be happy and live. In trials, live. In sadness, live. Live at all times with a smile on your face and hope on your tongue. For what else is there in this life to be worthy of your time?”

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The Trade-offs of Promotion

As anyone familiar with this blog is aware, I’m in the middle of a campaign on Kindle Scout to, hopefully, get a publishing contract for my new novel.

One of my on-line book reviewers suggested that I start a Thunderclap campaign to help get the word out about my Kindle Scout campaign.

I looked into it and thought it would be a great idea. But then, as I started moving forward with both campaigns at once, it became obvious that the people I’m contacting began to see both as one and the same. Hmmm. What to do?

During the first 5 days of my Kindle Scout campaign, I pushed the promotional button hard, trying to get people to nominate me on my Kindle Scout page. It worked. I got a swell of early support that put the novel on the “Hot and Trending” track.

I was getting very little traction with my Thunderclap campaign, which meant I had some decisions to make: should I continue promoting my Kindle Scout page OR should I stop promoting my Kindle Scout page and, for a while, exclusively promote my Thunderclap campaign which would, if successful, eventually directly promote my Kindle Scout campaign? Yes, kind of confusing. I know why my supporters were confused as well.

So here’s what I have done. I’ve stopped promoting my Kindle Scout page UNTIL I get enough people joined on my Thunderclap campaign that is scheduled to send the promotional blast on April 28 IF I get at least 100 people.

Is there a danger in stop promoting directly my Kindle Scout campaign? Yes. Might there be great rewards if I can get the Thunderclap to work? YES!

I’ve been pushing my Thunderclap HARD the last couple of days and my amazing friends and acquaintances are really coming through. I’m currently (as I write) at 83% of my goal, and the Thunderclap potential social reach is up to 79,614!  (Update: just hit 99%)

If I’m right, by pausing to focus on Thunderclap, I’m going to have a far bigger reach in the end. Plus, the blast will come out about 2 weeks before my Kindle Scout campaign finishes, hopefully perfect timing to help the novel to finish well.

As with any sort of promotional strategy, I could be completely wrong. But the broader point is this: one has to make the best possible decisions one can make given all the information one has. Once the decision is made and proper effort is put into it, the results are no longer up to you. So sit back and smile, regardless of what happens.

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Here’s my Thunderclap campaign page: THUNDERCLAP CAMPAIGN

Here’s my Kindle Scout campaign where you can nominate my new novel: KINDLE SCOUT CAMPAIGN

About that artwork…

In a recent Facebook ad I created, concerning my new novel on Kindle Scout, I pulled out this old picture. Jonnywhostood   This awesome drawing is the creation of Woon Bin Chang, an artist who saw a production of my play, “Almighty Might” in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.  Woon-Bin was so moved by the piece that he drew this amazing piece of art which perfectly captures the mood and scenes of the mini-play. It was also this photo and that 2013 production which made me re-think this simple story about a man, standing in front of the presidential palace, waiting for the revolution to come. Eventually, I decided to give the story a full novel treatment. I changed the name to “Jonny who stood on the world” and then eventually changed it again to “A Love Story for a Nation.” Originally, Woon-Bin’s artwork was meant to be part of the cover design, but in the end I decided  to go with a more minimalistic look as you see above. But with Facebook’s limitations concerning the amount of text allowed in ad photos, it was the perfect time to bring out Woon-Bin’s artwork once again. It matches the tagline well: The revolution begins with an innocent smile. This novel is now on Kindle Scout, as it vies for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. If you haven’t done so already, please head over to its Kindle Scout page, read an excerpt, check out the synopsis, and, if it looks good, nominate it. It means a lot to me. The Kindle Scout campaign runs through May 15. Thanks for your support! You can nominate this novel for a publishing contract on Kindle Scout: HERE!

Will you join my promotional campaign on Thunderclap? Please. It’s free and easy!

I’m in need of 100 people willing to help my promotional campaign on Thunderclap a success in helping to promote my novel on Kindle Scout

What’s Thunderclap? It gathers folks with a common promotional goal (like those wanting me to succeed on Kindle Scout) and when 100 (or more) people join, it BLASTS out 1 message through all 100 people at a time. It’s the power of numbers which makes the difference.

It’s free!

It’s extremely easy to join a promotional campaign. How about 5 seconds?

It will only send ONE message on April 28 through your Facebook or Twitter concerning my novel on Kindle Scout.

It’s super easy, but it could mean a lot to me.

Please join my Thunderclap campaign HERE!

And if you haven’t nominated my novel for a publishing contract on Kindle Scout yet, please do so HERE!


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