Do You Pin?

Have I mentioned I have a Pinterest account? I’ve created boards for the first two books in the Harry Russo Diaries as well as for my upcoming romantic suspense, Home Again.

There are sneak peeks, some of Harry’s wardrobe choices and other props. Want to know what kind of Harley Nash drives? What does the infamous McQueen dress look like?  There’s even a board for Harry’s store, Contain Yourself.  And let’s not forget some of Harry’s favourite recipes, or at least one’s she hopes to convince Isaac to try!

Stop on by and follow me. I’ll be adding new boards as the series progresses. Visit me on Pinterest!

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A Needle in a Haystack

As promised, I’d like to tell you a bit about the experiment I’m trying on Amazon to see if it increases my sales (as touted by the free video series by Nick Stephenson that I watched – more details and sign up here).

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Amazon is basically a huge search engine. In fact, it is the second largest search engine on the internet next to Google. To increase your sales on Amazon, beside having lots of helpful (as determined by Amazon users that read the reviews and mark them as helpful) positive reviews, you need your book to filter to the top of search results so that people can actually find and buy your book. And that’s the hard part.

The trick is to figure out what category and keywords that result in a smaller search results base best fit your book. For example, I orignally placed Dead and Kicking in the category “Science Fiction & Fantasy -> Fanatasy -> Paranormal & Urban”, a category that yields almost 39,000 results. Talk about a needle in a haystack!

So after watching the webinar, I spent an hour or so exploring categories on Amazon to try and find a better fit, i.e. a category that still applies to my book but that has less competitors. I finally settled on “Mystery & Thrillers -> Suspense -> Paranormal” which only has about 3000 books listed. Much better! What makes it even better still, is this happens to be a category on Amazon that will then use your keywords to further filter the genre. So, by adding Vampires as a keyword, suddenly the results set is 730 titles. Use the keywords Werewovles & Shifters and it’s reduced even more to a much more manageable 509 titles. The chances of a reader finding my book just got a lot better.

Will this have a noticeable result on my sales?  I sure hope so.  It’s too early to tell right now, but I will definitely keep you posted.

 

I Love this Review

A little part of me can’t help but go ‘Squeeee!’ when I read a review like this about Dead and Kicking.  Click on the picture below to go to the review on Amazon, and please let them know if you thought the review was helpful.  It helps.

And also, I apologize. I really didn’t think of it as a cliffhanger.  I was thinking of it as more of a hook to the next book.  Honest.

Amazon review Nov 17

Dead and Kicking – A Review and Interview by Chapter by Chapter

CbyC Review

whitespaceDead and Kicking by Lisa Emme was a read that had me chuckling pretty much throughout the whole book.  With a quirky main character and a gruff sexy homicide detective, and a world filled with supernatural beings to satisfy your craving, Dead and Kicking was a solid book 1 in The Harry Russo Diaries…

See the rest of the review and an interview on Chapter by Chapter.

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Kobo Sale – There’s Still Time

For all my friends in Canada and the UK there’s still time for you to get in on the Kobo promo code offer.  It ends tonight in Canada.  The Brits have a couple more days.  Time to stock up for some winter reading and don’t forget your digital copy of Dead and Kicking.

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October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE

United Kingdom
October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE

Sale! Sale! Sale! – Save 50%

bis-sale-signKobo is having a 50% sale and Dead and Kicking has been included. Best thing about it is that I still get paid for the full price, so there isn’t a better time than now to get a digital copy for your Kobo. There are different dates and sale codes depending on where you live, so check below for details.

Canada
October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE

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United States/Australia/New Zealand
October 27th – October 30th
Promo Code: GET50SALE

United Kingdom
October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE

Apply the correct promo code at time of checkout.  Sorry for the short notice.  Kobo just informed me about the sale today. Better hurry!

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