Friday, April 27, 2012

Free ebook Friday Rides Again! (and still needs a suitable name)

Saddle up and git yer free ebooks
The name "Free ebook Friday" may lack luster, but the event is full of sparkle. And free ebooks. If you're a proud owner of a Kindle (or a free Kindle app), here's a great place to wrastle you up some good free reading material, and you can come any old day you like. Even Tuesday, which I would highly advise so you don't forget to get your free copy of "Beauty Gone Wild!" written by yours truly.

If you're an author and your ebook is going to be free anytime between now and next Friday, please do plunk in your book's name, the date it'll be free, and the link to the Amazon page. Then tell everyone you can think of to bookmark this site so we can make it an even greater resource.

And if any of you witty types can come up with a better name than "Free ebook Friday," please do leave a comment and save us all from dry toast.

Friday, April 13, 2012

What a Week! I Need a Nap.

It has been one heck of a week, in many ways the sort of week I'd hoped for when I first set out to make writing my "real" job. My latest ebook, "Hair Gone Wild! Recipes & Remedies for Natural Tresses", went up for free on Amazon for three days, a little stunt I've never pulled before. Usually, my stunts last only one day because the excitement exhausts me. OCD sets in and I can only think about the book and who's downloading the book and do they like the book and what if they don't and (dear Lord!) what if they do? So three days of that has left me needing a stiff martini and a weekend in Maui. I can only afford one of the two. Cheers.

How did the three free days go? The final tally for downloads of Hair Gone Wild is a whopping 11,454! It pushed the sales of the other two to their record highs, and pushed my nailbiting to a frantic squirrel's pace.

One may wonder why on earth an author would go and give their work away for free in such large volumes. In my mind, the term "self-pubbed" doesn't just mean that you're self published. It also means that you have to self publicitize. I have no publicity manager, no staff shouting into their cellphones when a new ebook goes live. I have me. And if I can let over 11,000 people know my ebooks exist by giving them free ebooks, by golly, I'll do it.

Besides the benefit of getting the books promoted, I love that everyone who took it now has information on how to ditch some chemical exposure and learn to live more naturally.The feedback from those who have already read it is enough to make me feel like I'm on some sort of team of people in love with natural living. It's amazing to hear from those of you who enjoy getting back to a natural way of doing things, and who have embraced some of the remedies in the ebooks. I think that is by far the best part about all this promotional hoopla. I get to connect with a big group of people that, if I met them face to face, I'd really, really like them.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Day "Free Ebook Friday" Showed Up on Wednesday

The cool thing about being a writer is that I get to do really flaky things and then blame it on being a writer. Such as forgetting to brush my hair or occasionally running into a wall because I didn't see it. People who know a writer will chuckle and say, "That's okay that she just dropped our grandma's urn of ashes. She's a writer." You see, people expect us to be absent-minded.

Which is why last Friday, there was no post for Free Ebook Friday. I could have put it up. But I didn't.

Today, which I'm pretty sure is Wednesday, my ebook "Hair Gone Wild! Recipes & Remedies for Natural Tresses", is free. And I really need a Free Ebook Friday post so I can promote it. So let's just pretend in my distracted state of mind, I woke up and thought it was Friday right now.

Us nonfiction self-published authors need all the help we can get. There are about three of us. I'm not sure where the other two are right now, perhaps out searching for lost car keys or feeding their dogs frozen peas by mistake. But maybe they'll find this little corner of the blogosphere and feel compelled to list their free ebook day, too. Naturally, I'd love to have the fiction self-published writers put their free ebook days here as well. They really need our help.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Your Hair Wanted Me to Tell You

Your hair is feeling a bit neglected as of late.
I just got a phone call from your hair. It says it knows you're frustrated with it, and it's very, very sorry. But being frizzy/dry/greasy/dandruffy isn't fun for it, either. You see, the stuff you've been putting on it - although pricey and the commercial promised wonderful results - is still not the best you can feed it.

Your hair says that you should check out the Kindle book "Hair Gone Wild! Recipes & Remedies for Natural Tresses" which, incidentally, will be absolutely free April 10 and 11. It would be very grateful if you'd pick up a copy.

Your hair would also appreciate it if you'd read the ebook outloud. It will gently tap you on the scalp when a promising remedy is read.