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The big news is The Reedsmith of Zendar has been released. A great combination of a heroic quest, lust and revenge, in a science fantasy setting, it is sure to appeal to those who like character driven novels, just the right amount of swordplay and some twists and turns to keep you reading. Pre-order through Amazon.com today!


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  1. It was a rainy Tuesday when Daniel finally returned to his website to update various things. Apparently marketing – or at least attempting to market his latest novel had – and continues to take up much of his time. The good news is, that on February 6/17 it will be released (to much personal fanfare, and hopefully will make some outstanding sales and be able to contribute royalties to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  2. Thanks Teri for the great review of A Lesson in Revenge. Glad you found David as scary as you did. Best of luck with Our Romantic Getaway! Readers of chick lit can find it on Amazon. Check out this author’s, somewhat racy first novel!

  3. Have spent much time marketing and not writing as I have discovered – really mean accepted – that no one is going to buy or read my work if I don’t get it out there. It doesn’t matter how good anyone’s work is, if you are not prepared to do the marketing – in whatever form you feel comfortable with -“it ain’t gonna happen”. Maybe you join other sites that cater to new authors, maybe you are a social media junkie, but whatever it is, you have to do something, IF being read or making a ton of money is your goal. Remember – keep the goal in mind.

    Met a writer on line from England – Dean Baker – author of a very funny novel – The Big R – who got on a bit of a rant the other day about marketing and the book publishing bizz in gent.

    “I know what you mean about the marketing. It’s probably as important ( or more important) than the quality of the writing these days, which is why it is such a chore for people like us that are just in it for the fun and not the fame/money. But unfortunately, if you want to find an audience, even if you’re giving away the books for free, you have to become a shameless publicity whore! Major publishers can assign a whole team of marketers and PR gurus to do this for their writers full time, so you can see the dilemma for the independent writer. Do I spend my time full time blogging/publicising? Or actually trying to write something special?

    I definitely think the e-book explosion is due to the short sightedness of the publishing industry. If they’d been less short term oriented in giving book deals to famous people who weren’t even writers and selling ‘names’ above content, and invested a little more time and money in developing new writers with something positive to offer, then e-books probably wouldn’t have exploded in the way they have. At present the problem is distinguishing quality amongst the mass. Anyone can publish an e-book, there’s no real quality filter, so how do people know which books are good and which are not? And how do you get your book noticed amongst the detritus? Even the review sites have become like the wild west where for $500 you can buy recomendations…..which editor is going to tell a paying customer their book is total rubbish?

    Anyway, rant over for today!

    For me, my marketing has to be a one on one approach. A lot more personable and enjoyable. But then again, we are all different and have our own goals.

    til next time – Dan

  4. And the winner is…!!!
    Well I shipped off two spanking new copies of The Reedsmith of Zendar today to the two lucky winners. A Big, BIG thank you to everyone who entered my first giveaway. It was really exciting to see the interest grow. 725 entries!! Like more than I ever expected. Thank you again.
    A reminder – it comes out Dec 15/14. You can even pre-order a copy to make sure it comes right away.
    Keep those cards and letters coming in. Please consider writing a review, and I promise to write the next book the very best I can.
    Regards
    Dan

  5. Author reveals novel, The Reedsmith of Zendar, is based on a true event!!
    Unknown to most of the world, the first celebration of the ancestors of Zendar was in 1985 when a small band of young warriors met to climb the Dragon, deliver the King’s message and battle the Snow Beast. Swords were swung and Zendarian ale consumed as the loyal descendants honored their heritage in the backyard at an unnamed location.

  6. Well happy days! My free Giveaway on Goodreads has only been up for twelve hours and already 134 people have indicated they want a copy!! I know, I know, everyone wants something for free – but at least its my book they want for free.

  7. Well I still haven’t done any writing but I have organized a free coupon for A Lesson in Revenge and a Giveaway on Goodreads for The Reedsmith of Zendar. Don’t want to tell you how long that took this computer challenged mortal.

    I think I have discovered – what others probably have already figured out, that for me I have to make just once contact at a time and develop some kind of relationship in order to get some satisfaction out of giving up all that time. So hi Dean, Russel and Sherry. Here’s to a budding relationship. Dan
    PS If this comment has come up twice its because I am still figuring out how to put comments here or there. Geez but I love this stuff!!!

  8. Well the marketing efforts have begun. Joined Book Blog and met many new people. Still feeling it out and learning what to do. Found out from Dean Paul Baker about downloading a Kindle app so I can read other peoples’ books. I know, like who doesn’t know about that. Sorry. Thanks Dean. Dean has a novel – The Big R – that looks really good – http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Big-R-Dean-Baker-ebook/dp/B00KHYC368 and one that I intend to read – time being the monster here that I have now ventured into marketing. Sorry if the above link doesn’t link – still wrestling with making it work every time.

    Don’t know how many find the time to be so active on the marketing, networking sites. (this is going to be my grump for the day) Maybe they are just more knowledgeable than I am and so therefore quicker.

    Everyone says make sure you use the social media to spread the word, but I don’t see everyone on facebook flogging stuff. Must admit I do find it difficult to promote my books. Feels somehow awkward. Guess I just have to find the right venues for me. I am going to start a free ebook give-away on Smashwords and Amazon. I guess I should advertise that on Book Blog.

    That’s today’s blog – now to do the give-away blurb so I can hopefully do some writing!

    Dan

    • Well I still haven’t done any writing but I have organized a free coupon for A Lesson in Revenge and a Giveaway on Goodreads for The Reedsmith of Zendar. Don’t want to tell you how long that took this computer challenged mortal.

      I think I have discovered – what others probably have already figured out, that for me I have to make just once contact at a time and develop some kind of relationship in order to get some satisfaction out of giving up all that time. So hi Dean, Russel and Sherry. Here’s to a budding relationship. Dan

  9. Hi Daniel,
    It’s Dean from the BookBlogs website. Just dropping you a quick note as discussed. I will put a link on my facebook page to your site. ALIR looks like a very god thriller.

    Regards

    Dean

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