Get the Temple of Arrival Paperback Now!

Hi everyone, so during this crazy time and with so many of us stuck indoors I thought I’d bring forward the release of the paperback edition of The Temple of Arrival. – mybook.to/TOAPaperback

Also because of potential delivery delays as a result of the virus causing disruption I figure that making it available now should ensure delivery by the end of the month.

The eBook is still releasing on the 31st namely due to me already having set up and paying for some marketing that’s fixed around then.

If you prefer paperbacks then get it today! In these troubling times we all need to stick together, follow the advice and stay safe. What better way to do that than curl up with a brand new book. Get your copy from the link below.

 

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Stay safe.

Matt

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The Indie Authors guide

Want to publish that novel you’ve spent days, months or years of life sweating and crying over?

Want to get it to market without falling victim to the vast array of scammers out there? Want to navigate the minefield that can be the author community and do it without breaking the bank?

Well, with this quick guide you can!

Indie Author M.S. Olney takes you through the steps needed to get your book on the market without going bankrupt in the process!

He’s been writing books for a decade and he’s experienced pretty much all the BS an Indie author will experience.

From one Indie author to another, let’s get your book out there!  mybook.to/Authorsguide

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Vote for The First Fear in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards

The First Fear has been nominated for the 2020 Readers Choice Awards contest by TCK Publishing in the fantasy category! – Please vote for it at https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/?fbclid=IwAR2GcDXnE7SiTZjQvpx52G9xdop4KxI5ezV1bImE8E583qsIS7313Am4a6g

How to Vote

  • You may have to disable pop-up blockers to vote depending on your web browser. The pop-up notification when you vote is necessary so that bots and spammers cannot vote.
  • If you are clicking on a book to vote but nothing is happening, scroll down the page and click “Change Vote” (it’s right above the “Share on Facebook” button)
  • You can vote one time for ONLY ONE BOOK per category.
  • Just click the arrows on the left and right side of the voting form to navigate between categories.
  • Click on the BOOK TITLE of your favorite book to cast your vote and then you’re set to view your results.
  • To change vote, just click on the “CHANGE VOTE” option on the lower left corner of the voting form (just above the Facebook sharing option) and then click on the title of the book you want to change your vote into
  • Only one vote per IP address will be accepted. Offices and schools usually only have one IP address, so it would be best to vote from home to avoid losing votes.
  • The awards committee will check the legitimacy of each vote before announcing the winners.

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March 2020 Update

Hi all,

As I sit here looking out the window, I once again see the rain lashing down and the trees blowing wildly in the wind. This winter has felt like forever, but fortunately there are signs that Spring is rapidly approaching.

The daffodils my wife planted last year are quickly beginning to burst into life and soon our patch of garden will be thriving with wildflowers. Hopefully the summer will be a nice hot one in the UK. After all this rain we need it.

Mark it in your diaries!

Last month was a practically busy month and March promises much of the same. On the 31st, The Temple of Arrival will be launched and made available to buy via Amazon (pre-order your copy here). From the feedback from my Beta readers they’re loving it, so I hope you all will too!

Sadly, the narrator of audible version of The First Fear was unable to do The Temple of Arrival, but fortunately another narrator has stepped in and will be working away on it over the next few weeks. Hopefully the audio book version will be released close to the eBook and paperback versions.

As well as editing I’ve been working on Book 4 in the Sundered Crown Saga and it’s progressing well. I also created a guide for aspiring Indie authors and released it via Amazon.

I hope you’re all doing well and happy reading!

Matt

 

Marketing Tips for Indie Authors – Making a Mailing List

Marketing is quite possibly the toughest aspect of being an indie author. How do you get your books in front of readers? How do you stand out from the crowd? In this series of blogs, I’ll be focusing on marketing and some of the tricks I’ve learnt over the years to generate some sales.

Part 1 –Mailing lists

Making a mailing list has so far been the most effective way for me to sell books and whilst I’m no master at it I thought I’d share what I know.

The first thing you need to do is not worry too much if your book is nowhere near ready. When it comes to marketing it doesn’t hurt to try and get yourself out there early. Also, if you have a huge back catalogue of books it’s not too late to start building a list from scratch.

Who to choose?

There are numerous email marketing services out there and each offers you different functionality and features. To start with I’d choose either Mailchimp or Mailerlite. Both provide the ability to easily create email templates as well as have plenty of options for integrations (more on that later). As a newbie to list building, I recommend Mailchimp (simply because that’s the one I have the most experience with).

Joining Mailchimp is incredibly easy and it takes you through step by step on how to get started. Another benefit of MC is that it provides automation functions which will come in handy down the road.

I, however, am using email Octopus as once your list grows to a certain size Mailchimp and Mailerlite can get a bit pricey. With MC, for example, a list of over 2,500 was costing over £30 a month to maintain and the price goes up as your list grows. With email Octopus, it costs me £20 and I won’t have to upgrade again until I have 10,000 subscribers.

Growing a list

Once you’ve chosen your provider the next challenge is to start growing your list. If you have a website you can easily create a modal popup that will hopefully encourage your site visitors to subscribe.

Sharing the link to your subscription page via social media can also work but what you need is something to encourage people to sign up. In my case, I give away a copy of my novella The Nightblade to those who subscribe. Giving away a short story or piece of artwork can be a great hook.

There are also services such as InstaFreebie (now Prolific works), Book Funnel and the newer Story Origin that all help build list numbers. This is where integration comes in. Each of those services can be linked to your mailing list and automatically new subscribers that come in through that route. InstaFreebie and Book Funnel require a fee but as yet Story Origin remains a free service. The only downside to that service is that it is slightly limiting when it comes to what mailing list services can be integrated.

As I use Book Funnel, I’ll talk about how I’ve used it to grow my list from a few dozen to almost 3,000 subscribers in less than 6 months.

Book Funnel allows users to create and join promotions. All you have to do is set up a book giveaway click on a promo that you like the look of, fill in the form and join it. The success on the promotion comes down to the members of the promo sharing it to their social channels and mailing lists. Sometimes one promotion can generate hundreds of new subscribers.

What to put in your emails?

If you’re working on a book keep your subscribers informed with updates on its progress, the challenges you’ve faced and perhaps some excerpts to whet their appetite. It’s also a great opportunity to work with and help other authors as you can share other authors works in your list and in exchange, they’ll do the same. There are several social media groups dedicated to finding swaps for example.

Write about you as a person. Let your readers learn more about you and let them know you’re human. Other things you can include is news on the latest giveaways, discounts, reviews or character bios and maps.

I’m sure there are more experienced authors out there who have mastered the mailing list if so, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below with your top tips and please subscribe to my mailing list via – https://emailoctopus.com/lists/56af726d-5645-11e9-8622-02cfe9e979c6/forms/subscribe

In the next post I’ll be taking a look at some of the promotion services that are available and which ones are worth the cost.

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