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Interview with Annie Fox

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is having a great holidays.  A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Annie Fox about her new book The Girls Q and A book on Friendships.

Annie is an educator and worked with girls, parents, and teachers on having better relationships.

I also found out her husband worked for Lucasfilm for a decade.  Cool side note in that conversation.

Check out her book, and our conversation below.

Also if you are new to my work my best-selling book Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien is a Kindle Countdown Deal this week for 99 cents. I would love for you to check it out.

If you are interested in getting this info early with additional info joined my Insider’s List.   (You’ll also get two free short stories.)

The amazing fun of a Bookbub promo and being on the same page as Harry Potter

I got freakin’ lucky.  I submitted Kevin and the Three-Headed on a whim to Bookbub, the very exclusive book promoting website and mailing list, and to my shock they accepted the book.  At that point I agreed to the $110 for the promo.

A very brief best-selling children's book.

A very brief best-selling children’s book.

Currently Bookbub is one of the most powerful ways to promote a book in a short term blast.  For the longest time Bookbub didn’t promote children’s books.  The children’s market is definitely a smaller market than romance, thrillers, and science fiction.  But I believe to be a growing market as school start buying iPads and Kindles for their classrooms.  So for a long time there just wasn’t a way to really reach a lot of readers outside of your own platform.

$110 you say!?  I was setting the book to a 99 cent Kindle Countdown sale.  Meaning I would get about 70 cents per sale.  So to me it was worth the investment.  The days of having a bump from a free run, even a really good free run, seem to be over.  So a 99 cent sale would keep the book visible on the sales charts and the Kindle countdown chart.

Yes. It was BIG seller before…

On the day of the of the promotion, Friday October 3rd, I kept an eye on sales as best I could.  I was at school so I couldn’t check in that often on my phone, but I noticed that it sold a copy before the email went out.  So someone had seen it on the website and purchase a copy then.  The email blast went out about around noon.  So the downloads began then.  By the time school was over at 3:15 my ad with Bookbub was profitable.  Let me say that again, three hours and profitable, I had the remaining five days of the promo to still run.  Which is why I recommend when doing a Bookbub promo make it a 99 cent promo and not a free one.

Well that night the wife and I went to the movies.  I was good and put the phone away.  When when left the movies about 8:30 pm the book had just past 200 copies.  After watching other books on Bookbub I noticed that children’s books were hitting the top 100 children’s list, and some were getting to around the 1,000 overall ranking and passing the 1,000 ranking.  So my hope was the get somewhere near there.  Since the book hadn’t sold in a couple of months.  Yes, a couple of months.  The ranking of the book was some where around 970,000.

So #970,000 was where the book started on Friday October 3.

It reached #575 sometime that night.

575.

Wow.

But even more enjoyable was seeing it hit #20 on the overall children’s list when I got out of the movies.  There on my phone it was on the same page as Harry Potter and Wonder.   Try as I might I couldn’t get a screen grab on my phone.  Never mind the fact that my phone will take random screen grabs in my pocket.  BUT THE ONE MOMENT I WANT A SCREEN GRAB.  No go.

On Saturday it was still climbing the children’s list.

Hey look! I am photobombing Harry!

Hey look! I am photobombing Harry!

I took a screen grab on my laptop so I could fit on the screen with Harry. Silly me.

It was surreal, it peaked at #14.

October 4 will be a day long remembered when Kevin got to hang with Harry and Greg.

October 4 will be a day long remembered when Kevin got to hang with Harry and Greg.

Lessons learned:

  • Getting into Bookbub once doesn’t guarantee a second time.  I submitted the first Kevin book, Kevin and the Seven Lions, it has a lot more reviews than three-Headed Alien does, yet Bookbub turned it down.
  • An author needs their own platform and email list so as not to be completely dependent on something like Bookbub.
  • Sales lead to other sales-in a series.  The promo helped the first Kevin book as well, but so far none of my other books.
  • It is possible to make a living selling children’s books.  There are several writers in the top 100 who are self-published and they have several books on the list.  Marcus Emerson and Noah Child the authors of the Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja
    Series have 8 books at $2.99 in the series.  They are doing very well.  A new series to me, My Monster Farts, is currently doing very well, even at 99 cents that’s good money.

So overall a very cool experience, if you’re an author and can get a Bookbub spot.  Take it.

It would be very cool if you joined my Insider’s List.  You get free stories and free books before I release them.

Signed copies of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien now available

I finally got around to setting up a page for signed copies of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.  It awesome how many people I know personally that ask for signed copies of the books.  This is a simple way of doing it.  Plus at times the books are cheaper this way.

You can get the book by click the picture below.

Click here to purchase a signed copy of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.

Click here to purchase a signed copy of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.

Or you can view the autograph page.

Kevin and the Three Headed Alien giveaway at Goodreads

I have a new giveaway running on Goodreads for Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.  I have five copies to giveaway, and the giveaway is for those in the US, Canada, and the UK.  Click here to go to the giveaway.

Of course you can just pick-up the paperback on Amazon.  It is less than $7.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

P.S. I’m working on some new books this summer.  Click here to be added to my new release mailing list.  You will only receive an email when a new book is ready, and I don’t give or sell your email.

Extending free promo for Kevin and the Seven Lions one day, it broke the top 5.

So I came home and saw this on my computer.

Now, to get it to the left side of the screen.

Now, to get it to the left side of the screen.

So since the book broke the top 5 in the Children’s list I thought I would continue it one more day.  Maybe it can break the top 100, it got to 110.  (Soooo close…)

So click on the pic below to download.

"Kevin and the Seven Lions"

Click to see the book on Amazon.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot there’s the sequel.  So go check that one out as well!

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.