Wednesday, October 31, 2018

As an Indie author, do you want to be in on cross promotions? And some awesome KU Reads for November

As a reader, I love KU because my subscription lets me read Indie authors galore, without killing my book budget.

As an author, I love working with other KU authors to cross promote because working as a group makes for light hands.

From the author discussions I see, cross promotions are a bit controversial.  Here are some of the common questions.
  • Should I only work with authors in my own genre?
  • What if the other authors have sucky reviews?
  • What if I do all the promo and they sit about and do FA?
  • What if I have a zillion fans and they have two?
Those kinds of questions are absolutely essential if you're a known brand like Anne Rice or JK Rowling but if you're like me, and you make three to four figures a month, I think the priority is on getting your name out there.

My view is this: there are millions of books out there, and you can't sell unless you're visible.

About genre. Most readers have several favourite genres: marketing your cartel story to a vampire loving crowd might get you a new reader or two.

About those sucky reviews. Yes, we all have some and there's always a learning curve. To me, today's indie author with a so-so cover and a few typos may well be next year's EL James.

About lazy butts. In every promo, there will be a few who sign up and coast. Life is unfair. Suck it up.

About fan bases. If all of your readers buy whatever you suggest, and you have a significant amount of them, then you're a big brand and you should not be doing simple Indie cross promotion.

However, if like me you are still breaking into the big time, I think that leaning in together is more valuable than tit-for-tat thinking. Also, their two followers may be super-fans who post and chat up your book endlessly.

In other words, my take is, What do I have to lose? And the answer is, Nothing.

This month I'm in on two different promotions.

The first is the KU Author Share Group   <---- click to sign up

Desire in Tartan: A Highland Vampires Romance
By Suz deMello
195 pages

Dugald Kilburn is sure that he’ll never find love. And why should he?

‘Tis rare for vampires and their mates to reproduce successfully and Dugald kens that. He’s certain his lust caused his first wife’s death in childbed.

Innocent Alice Derwent presents Dugald with a dilemma. She’s different than any woman he’s known, different and altogether alluring. And while the lady is innocent, her feelings are anything but.

Will he bed and wed the lady, risking her life? Or remain celibate, sparing her?

But when threatened with death, Alice decides she doesn’t want to die without knowing Dugald’s love. Can he resist her charms?

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Love, Laughter and Lots of Dogs <-------my book!!!!
By Ellen Whyte
135 pages

Kelly Taylor’s homemade pet treat business is taking off. Even better, utterly yummy Lord Cory Winthrop, the man she had a teenage crush on, asks her out for dinner.

Back on a lightning visit home, Cory Winthrop runs into his childhood friend, Kelly. Captivated by her happy nature, he becomes determined to win her heart.

However, finding true love is never easy. Kelly worries she may not fit into Cory’s spectacularly glamorous lifestyle. To complicate matters, Cory’s banking career is at a crossroads, and his evil ex is about to come rocketing back into his life.

Will Cory and Kelly be able to overcome their difficulties and live happily ever after?

A warm, light-hearted small town romance with a curvy girl and a very hunky billionaire banker. Featuring Hamish, the adorable rescue puppy.

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Insatiable Appetites
by Bella Jeanisse
200 pages

Have you ever had an impossible fantasy? What would you do if you had the chance to make it come true? Would you go for it or chicken out?

These four bite-sized, dirty tales of fantasy come to life are sure to get your blood pumping and send your loins into a frenzy! Each of these short stories are chock full of erotic moments with a romantic twist. I promise, no cliffhangers, just happy endings!

Warning: For ADULTS only! Contains graphic erotic scenes, some of which may be considered offensive or taboo.

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All Screwed Up <-------my book!!!!
By AJ Adams
300 pages

Sexy, sassy adult model Lacy Desire is in deep trouble. Having walked out on her abusive photographer ex and wrecked a major deal, he and his underworld backers are out for revenge. Lacy decides only one man can save her: Rex Winslow, the super hot money launderer for the Disciples MC. His rep for violence and mayhem doesn’t worry her because she knows a secret that will keep him in line.

Rex Winslow, tenth Viscount Ravenshurst and financial guru to the Disciples MC, is about to pull off the deal of a lifetime that will restore his family name and fortune. When Lacy turns up and blackmails him into helping her, he’s furious. Worse, her troubles bring the Horde, rivals to the Disciples MC, crashing in on his deal. Handing her over will fix it but cold-hearted practical Rex discovers he’s fallen head over heels. Can he give her up?

All Screwed Up on KU on Amazon India

I'm also taking part in the Love Kissed KU Reads promo. There are tonnes of books featured but I don't have the HTML to share them all with you. I'm afraid you'll have to click through to see.

BUT there's an awesome$50 Amazon gift card giveaway!  So bookmark our reads and go and see the girls at Love Kissed, okay?