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Old 21-03-2018, 18:10   #121
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Send me £33 and I'll buy two more copies!
Ha ha. The sad thing is, I bet there are people who would do that kind of thing.

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Just don't pay for click farms, they're kind of easy to spot...
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No danger, I'm not that needy or desperate.

I've accepted now that I probably won't be that one-in-a-million case where I luck my way through to selling thousands of copies. I did naively think that just by having my book on Amazon, I'd sell one or two books a week, but it's obviously not that easy!

No, it's on with Book #2 (as yet untitled).
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Old 21-03-2018, 18:30   #122
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I think unless you've got a publisher behind you prepared to send you on a book tour or something, my personal advice would be to give the first one away for free as much as you can. Maybe people will be more interested in buying a sequel or something.

So many books out there, not sure many would just take a punt on something.
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Old 21-03-2018, 19:18   #123
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I think unless you've got a publisher behind you prepared to send you on a book tour or something, my personal advice would be to give the first one away for free as much as you can. Maybe people will be more interested in buying a sequel or something.
Definitely the way to go, especially when I get to the point where Book #2 is nearly ready.
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Old 21-03-2018, 19:25   #124
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Yep, giving the first one of the trilogy free is a well-tested method of flogging the rest.
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Old 22-03-2018, 09:14   #125
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I can't really see any examples of where anyone has published an e-novel themselves and then got rich from the first one. Even the likes of The Martian and Fifty Shades built up a good following online for free before making any money.

It'd seem to be the methodology to follow, try and build up a fanbase by giving it for free, if you can get 500 people to buy future novels for £3 each, you've made a grand from something you enjoy.

I've not actually seen any example of anything someone has paid for, to be decent value for money, the HUKD freebies section seems to be as good as anything.
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Old 24-03-2018, 18:06   #126
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Book #2 progress report

https://monkeyarkwright.wordpress.co...ogress-report/
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Old 16-04-2018, 17:25   #127
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I'm going for a two-day free promotion on Amazon this week - Friday & Saturday.

Feel free to spread the word.

https://monkeyarkwright.wordpress.co...other-freebie/
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How did the last one pan out, by the way? Did you manage to get many reviews from it?
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Not sure I got any reviews.

Almost all of the reviews that I've got I can attribute to forum members/BGS members/work colleagues/on-line friends etc.

I'm just working on the assumption that the more people that have a chance to read it, the bigger the potential audience for Book #2.
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Old 19-04-2018, 17:53   #130
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Rob,

Finished Monkey Arkwright today.

I liked it, seems very promising.

It's very well written for someone's first novel.

The characters are very strong, Monkey in particular is great.

Halfway through I was curious as there seemed to be a lot of plot threads unresolved, and I was impressed with how they all came together at the end.

I'm sure sales will pick up as the series goes on, and look forward to reading the next one (which I hope you are hard at work at).

I gave it an unbiased four star review on Good Reads as once it clicked for me I pretty much read it right through, and will put a review on Amazon soon.

Minus points though for the name you gave your bully
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Halfway through I was curious as there seemed to be a lot of plot threads unresolved, and I was impressed with how they all came together at the end.
Those words right there are exactly what I was aiming for with this story - to have somebody say that to me is very rewarding, so thanks very much.

When I was writing it, I told a few people that the first half of the book was putting all the balls in the air, and the second half was all about how they all landed (if that makes sense!)

Glad you liked the writing an the characters, and yes, I have started writing the 2nd book. I tend to do most of my writing in the Autumn/Winter, so it's a case of getting the first third done before the World Cup to set me up on a good run through til the end of the year.

I suppose the bully's name was a bit of an obvious insult.

I look forward to the review on Amazon, and thanks again, I appreciate the feedback.
[Edit] - Thanks for the review, I've seen it on Amazon now - I now see that you weren't referring to the bully's nickname!
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Old 20-04-2018, 08:53   #132
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Free download now active - no sales yet!
Maybe it doesn't work without HDUK.
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I've stuck it on HUKD, if some could give it a few votes.
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Cheers - 76 downloads so far - and thanks for the write up and comments (assuming some of the comments are from users on here?)
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I'm sure some people must just read free stuff on their kindle.
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Well its now hot on HUKD, can't really do much more for it. A few people seem to be saying the book is good as well, so hopefully got you some downloads.
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Yes, was just about to post an update. 266 downloads; #1 Coming of age, #4 Young Adult, #41 overall in free downloads. Thanks to everybody for their help again - if I ever make a million, I'd be happy to give everybody a small piece .......
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768 downloads this time.

https://monkeyarkwright.wordpress.co...motion-report/
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Seems that the paid for stuff really wasn't worth all that much, surprised it did so well off HUKD since it's been on before!
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