Ebook Buyers Are Loyal to Specific Retailers, Especially Kindle, iBooks and Nook, New Data Show!

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The walls are indeed high and hard to climb for readers living in the ebook retail walled gardens of Kindle, Nook and iBooks, according to new data from Codex Group, a New York-based book industry research firm.

According to a November survey of 2,042 ebook buyers, 86% buy ebooks from only one retailer, most likely Kindle, iBooks and Nook, Codex Group president Peter Hildick-Smith told me.

What this data point implies is that the vast majority of ebook retail activity in the U.S. is happening in so-called “walled gardens” — digital content ecosystems run by companies like Amazon and Apple that keep consumers searching, discovering, buying and consuming all or most of their ebooks, songs and movies in one place. If a reader has an Amazon account and has bought Kindle ebooks, they are very likely to continue doing just that.

For the big retailers with significant market share in the U.S., this is good news: Their current customers are mostly loyal.

The news isn’t so good for the smaller ebook retail operations run by Sony, Google, Kobo, Samsung and others. The majority of these retailers’ sales happened within the 14% of ebook buyers who bought from more than one retailer — and, even worse news for that group, 32% of unit sales among that group were Kindle ebooks.

Translation: Customers of those smaller retailers were much more likely to go elsewhere to buy more ebooks and the most likely place for them to go was Amazon.

The implications of this data are fairly clear:

1. The big ebook retailers that have created fairly seamless reading, buying and storing experiences have loyal customers who will continue to buy ebooks from them. So, these retailers probably don’t have to do all that much to keep these customers save for continue to do what they’ve been doing.

2. The smaller ebook retailers have an uphill battle to fight when it comes to not only attracting new readers but keeping old ones. And their biggest foe in that fight is Amazon, which is the most successful ebook retailer when it comes to luring rivals’ customers — likely through price promotions, exclusive content and ubiquity.

For the big retailers, I think the recommendation is very clear — and perhaps counter to trends we’ve recently witnessed: It pays to offer price promotions in select efforts to attract new customers but perhaps not to cater to old ones; that the price wars we’ve witnessed in the ebook world likely haven’t done very much for the retailers engaging in them aside from help them lose a lot of money. Due to high customer loyalty, a returning reader is very likely to buy an ebook offered by Kindle, say, almost no matter the price — so why sell to them below cost?

The trick for these retailers over the next year or two will be to balance income-generating sales to loyal customers and money-losing efforts to attract new customers.

For the small retailers, the picture is fairly bleak. It’s clear, though, that they need to think of ways to keep their small customer bases more loyal, perhaps through better sales and marketing of dedicated e-reading devices or promotions that reward loyalty.

Jeremy Greenfield.

Great Self-publishing Christmas Gift Vouchers!

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The perfect Christmas present for that writer you know. Treat a family member or a friend to the first step in seeing their dream realised; their book published globally!

Gift vouchers are available from £10 up to the full cost of a publishing package which we can quote you upon request. You choose the amount and we will send you a great gift voucher!

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Welcome to Ecanus Imprint which provides authors with the opportunity to access a wide range of services aimed at getting your book published including publishing, marketing and distributing your book and/or ebook to the highest standard.

Ecanus Imprint which is a division of Ecanus Publishing, represents the high end quality of the self-publishing market. We pride ourselves on the quality of content, design, production and distribution. Working in partnership with our authors, who are serious about their self-publishing, and want a high quality book and a real chance of getting their work distributed and read.

Where Ecanus Imprint handles the fulfilment and distribution of your book we do not deduct anything from any of the sales – the author receives 100% of the royalties. Other self- publishing companies deduct anything from between 15% to 60% of the cover price. Authors need to be aware of how much they could unwittingly be giving away.

Self-publishing has become a recognized method of publishing a book by authors and retailers alike. But it is a tough market, only good books and ebooks stand any chance of achieving significant sales. At Ecanus Imprint we have concentrated on producing books that are comparable in quality to any from a mainstream publisher; and with the support of our traditional publishing arm, Ecanus Publishing, we are able to tap into their expertise and resources. We are confident that you will not fail to be impressed by the quality of our product that we can send you a free sample to see for yourself, just email us at books@ecanusimprint.co.uk stating whether you are looking to publish hardback or paperback and we will post one of our books to you.

We are also able to establish a marketing service and distribution network that is second to none. We can distribute your books in North America, which is included in the price of getting your book published with Ecanus Imprint. Other self-publishing companies will charge you extra for this valuable service!

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98 British publishers folded last year due to e-books!

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Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts.

Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans Brothers, which published popular children’s book author Enid Blyton for 30 years.

During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before. The trend is toward e-books, and that trend has not been good for publishers.

The accounting firm issuing the tally, Wilkins Kennedy from Companies House, cited e-books, discounting from Amazon, and online trading in secondhand textbooks as the significant factors in the closures. Academic publishers, magazines and journals were included in the tally of closed publishing businesses, as well as trade book publishers.

“The rise of Amazon and other discount sellers with massive buying power means the pressure on publishers’ margins is now immense,” said Anthony Cork of Wilkins Kennedy told the Guardian. “While publishers might be able to sustain relatively small margins on a bestseller, it is much harder for niche publishers.”

Carolyn Kellogg

Do you want to get your book published globally?

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Welcome to Ecanus Imprint which provides authors with the opportunity to access a wide range of services aimed at getting your book published including publishing, marketing and distributing your book and/or ebook to the highest standard.

Ecanus Imprint which is a division of Ecanus Publishing, represents the high end quality of the self-publishing market. We pride ourselves on the quality of content, design, production and distribution. Working in partnership with our authors, who are serious about their self-publishing, and want a high quality book and a real chance of getting their work distributed and read.

 

Where Ecanus Imprint handles the fulfilment and distribution of your book we do not deduct anything from any of the sales – the author receives 100% of the royalties. Other self- publishing companies deduct anything from between 15% to 60% of the cover price. Authors need to be aware of how much they could unwittingly be giving away.

Self-publishing has become a recognized method of publishing a book by authors and retailers alike. But it is a tough market, only good books and ebooks stand any chance of achieving significant sales. At Ecanus Imprint we have concentrated on producing books that are comparable in quality to any from a mainstream publisher; and with the support of our traditional publishing arm, Ecanus Publishing, we are able to tap into their expertise and resources. We are confident that you will not fail to be impressed by the quality of our product that we can send you a free sample to see for yourself, just email us at books@ecanusimprint.co.uk stating whether you are looking to publish hardback or paperback and we will post one of our books to you.

We are also able to establish a marketing service and distribution network that is second to none. We can distribute your books in North America, which is included in the price of getting your book published with Ecanus Imprint. Other self-publishing companies will charge you extra for this valuable service!

YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED ON KINDLE FREE WHEN A SELF-PUBLISHING PACKAGE IS TAKEN UP.

For authors whose work we publish, we undertake as much or as little of the publishing process as you want. You have complete control of how much you want us to do, including how many books you want printed at any point. We can honour any minimum or maximum print order amounts. We will work with you at every point, from design, typesetting and printing through to marketing and distribution. Our aim is to publish a book that you are proud of…and then to get it sold.

We offer a range of publishing, marketing and distribution services to authors, but unlike most others, we have the commercial experience and networks to do far more than just produce a book or ebook. Our services include:

1) Guidance, we will give you a professional and honest opinion about the options to meet your individual needs.
2) High quality book production.
3) High quality Ebook production. Kindle ebooks are FREE when a print package is taken up.
4) Active marketing, both to the retailers and to the media, for both books and ebooks, plus options to have your own author website created for you!
5) Book distribution to the UK, US, Europe and Australia. We can distribute to the North American market through our US-based distributor at no extra cost. This includes distribution to the USA and Canada, many other companies charge a one-off set-up fee of approximately £100.
6) Ebook distribution worldwide.
7) Ecanus Imprint is part of Ecanus Publishing, so all of our self-publishing authors have the knowledge that their book is in the hands of an experienced, professional publishing house with in-depth industry knowledge and contacts.
8) Easy pay option which enables you to pay in two instalments.
9) Gift vouchers available.

Do please look at our brief guide to the self-publishing process and if you think the services we offer suit your needs just send a copy of your manuscript to us for a no-obligation quotation by email at books@ecanusimprint.co.uk. The content of the manuscript will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

 

Ebook Best-Seller Prices Jump to Highest Level in Months!

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Ebook prices have been on a yo-yo since the summer.

Two months ago, the average price of a best-selling ebook was $8.23. This week, it’s $8.05, but in between it’s been as high as $7.77 and as low as $5.41. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride. We’ve seen changes of nearly $2.00 week-to-week, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but what it means in real-numbers is that the dollar face-value of all the titles in the list (if you were to buy one copy of each ebook) fluctuated $50 week to week.

Why is this happening?

Here are a few possible explanations:

– Publishers are feeling out the new pricing contracts they’re under with retailers. Five of the largest U.S. publishers are all under relatively new contracts with the major retailers, which allows those retailers to discount their ebooks — a shift from the “agency” pricing schemes of the past few years where publishers set the prices, generally higher. Publishers may be experimenting with high and low prices week to week to maximize revenue.

– Retailers are feeling out the new pricing contracts they’re under with publishers. Like publishers, ebook retailers may be experimenting with price going into the first holiday season where they control the prices of most of the best-selling ebooks they carry. They are balancing driving revenues and profits with gaining market-share through favorable price comparisons.

– Self-publishing authors and small publishers that make the list are also experimenting with pricing. Conventional wisdom used to be that the $0.99 price point could propel an ebook up the charts. These days, that idea is less en vogue. Ebooks from self-published authors at price points higher routinely make the list.

– The list may not be big enough to validate tracking price. This isn’t a view that DBW endorses (clearly), but it’s worth mentioning. If one looked at the top 100 ebooks or top 1,000, movements in price would undoubtedly be more subtle IF the market were not moving quickly. Large movements would be detected, too. However, with a smaller sample, we could be observing fluctuations that don’t exist. The reason we don’t believe this to be so is because of the winner-take-all nature of book sales: The top-selling ebooks sell exponentially more copies than those below. So, the top-25 average represents a whole lot of book-buying behavior. Just to give an idea, the top 0.8% of Smashwords titles sell about 50% of the copies, according to a recent analysis from the company. This kind of curve is typical for book sales.

– Luck. As new, big best-sellers rise and fall, as publishers adjust pricing strategy and retailers do the same, blooms of higher-priced titles could jump on and off the list; and the same is true for lower-priced titles.

It may not matter why this is happening. It may only be important to understand that it is happening and adjust pricing strategy accordingly. Time will tell.

Jeremy Greenfield.

 

How to Set the Right Price for Your Self-Published Book!

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In addition to the writing and the marketing and promotion of a book, self-published authors even have to get as nitty gritty as pricing the book.

A lot of authors come to me asking how they should price their self-published titles to optimize sales. Some self-publishing critics say that the books that do sell well are one-hit wonders. But the same can be said about the traditional book industry. According to the Library of Congress, the average book sells 250 copies a year and the average self-published book sells 150 copies a year. These numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt because no one database has all the data. Bookscan, Nielsen and Bowker all provide general numbers and stats with the limited numbers they track, and the sales numbers can be vastly different.

WHAT’S THE AVERAGE PRICE OF AN INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK?

According to a recent Smashwords survey, authors in 2013 chose to price their books at $2.99 the most. Last year the magic number was 99 cents. Authors quickly realized that pricing their books so low devalued the content and started pricing their books higher because readers were willing to pay more.

SHOULD YOU PRICE HIGH OR LOW?

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One surprising find from the Smashwords survey is that, on average, $3.99 books sell more units than $2.99 books, and more units than any other price point (this does not include FREE downloads). People who price under $3.99 might be underpricing their books because readers are responding to the $3.99 price point really well for self-published books.

Although the general pattern holds that lower-priced books tend to sell more units than higher-priced books, $3.99 was the rule-breaker. A $3.99 price point earns authors total income that is 55 percent above the average compared with all price points.

Each author I spoke to has a different sales strategy, but the common theme is start low, and then increase your price once you’ve found your readers, and experiment!

THE ‘FREEMIUM’ STRATEGY

Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey

Some authors, like best-selling self-published author Hugh Howey, are evangelists of the “freemium” strategy. Howey, when first self-published in 2009 after rejecting a publishing deal, focused on getting more readers.

Howey said in an email interview that his “goal is to price my work as close to free as I can without turning away discriminate readers. I’ve heard people say that a low price devalues literature, but I believe the only true way to devalue literature is to see that it goes unread. I give away my work as much as possible. I don’t employ DRM; I have no problem with people pirating my works; and I offer stories for free on my website and on major distribution platforms.”

To date, Howey has published more than a dozen books and novellas and has sold more than 700,000 copies in the past year and a half.

Howey uses a marketing strategy called free promotions where authors make their book free for a select number of days and reach out to this list of sites we’ve curated that may feature your book for you. This way, you get new readers for your book.

His reasoning is, “I want readers to be able to sample and decide whether or not the series is right for them. Before the work was permanently free, I used promotional tools to make it free for a limited time.“ Once his books generated buzz and gained some popularity they began selling on their own.

SERIES AND PRICE PULSING

Susan Kaye Quinn

Susan Kaye Quinn

Author Susan Kaye Quinn, a rocket scientist turned writer, started self-publishing her fiction series in 2011. To date, she has more than 19 titles on Amazon. Quinn held off doing free book promotions because she not only wanted to increase sales, but needed to make back her investment in editing, cover art, and wanted to fund future books.

Instead, Quinn started pricing her first books in the series lower than the rest. She discovered that she made the same amount of money whether she priced Book 1 in a series at $2.99 or $3.99. Even though she made the same amount of money, she got more readers at the $2.99 price because that meant more readers bought Book 1. Then for books 2 and 3 in the series, she raised the price once the readers were already hooked.

Quinn wrote via email, “Opting for a lower price and more readers for the same money was an easy choice. Books 2 and 3 were set at $3.99, because readership didn’t increase at the lower price. I took this to mean that once people read and presumably enjoyed Book 1, they were less price sensitive for Books 2 and 3. But in trying out a new author and a new book, the lower price for the first book in the series made a difference.”

When Quinn completed her trilogy, she made the first book free forever which resulted in bringing in lots of new readers to her series. In over a year and half, Quinn has sold more than 40,000 books.

ACCIDENTAL BEST SELLER

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Best-selling author/lawyer Darcie Chan decided to put her story up on Amazon to get feedback. She was thrilled when she sold 100 copies of her quiet fiction book “Mill River Recluse.”

Chan was interested in developing an audience and getting more readers so she always priced her book between 99 cents and $2.99. “I think any full-length manuscript is worth more than that,” she says. “But, being completely unknown as a writer, I wanted people to read my work — to give it a chance. I kept the price very low to hopefully encourage the greatest number of people to do that. And even when the sales figures started climbing, I kept the price low. I saw it as a trade-off. Sure, I wouldn’t make as much money at low price points, but making money had never been my goal. I was more interested in getting feedback on my writing and building a readership for future work.”

Chan had put aside a small budget of several hundred dollars to advertise her books on sites like Kindle Nation Daily and was shocked when two months later, “more than 100,000 copies had sold and the book appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.” Chan’s book remained on the best-seller list for seven months. To date, approximately 700,000 self-published copies have been sold.

Regardless of the sales of the books, the important thing to remember is no pricing strategy will work if your book isn’t in its best shape. This means having a well-edited book, eye-catching cover, an error-free book and selecting the right categories for discovery.

Miral Sattar is founder and CEO of BiblioCrunch, an award-winning author services marketplace that matches authors with quality, award-winning professionals to get new books and apps to market. She has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO strategy. Her writing has been featured in TIME, CNN, NY Daily News, among other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. You can follow Miral on Twitter @miralsattar or @bibliocrunch.

Bring Me Genesis by Darren Humby

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Bring Me GenesisBring Me Genesis by Darren Humby.

The complete chronicle is finally here. This updated version of all three books starting with ‘The Vision of Aquinas’ followed by ‘The Mark of an Angel’ is joined by the third book in the trilogy.
This epic story comes together now in one amazing novel ‘Bring Me Genesis.’
Lucifer has found the key to all that is, and with this key he can undo all that you know, see and feel. The person in his way is Cameron; a boy who due to bloodline carries visions which Lucifer needs to see. To do so he must hold Cameron’s faith. Angels will wage war over a boy’s dreams. An amazing story which will leave you wondering who is standing within the shadows and questioning whether that inner voice is the whisper of angels.

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EXCERPT

Prologue

The Year of our Lord 1274

“Death is assured. It is just the manner in which you die which is to be determined” Lucifer said nonchalantly as he paced purposefully around the prone body of Thomas Aquinas.

The old man was breathing, just. His laboured breaths making his chest rise and fall slowly. Aquinas was curled up in a ball, the skin on his back pale and thin exposing the contour of his spine perfectly.

“Just tell me where the information I seek is and I will let you journey to the Palace of Souls quickly and painlessly. If not, then I will keep you in eternal pain forever.” Lucifer stopped pacing and turned towards Aquinas.

“Now where is it?”

Aquinas tried to clear the thoughts from his mind, to keep strong and not give into the angel before him. The theologian knew Lucifer could only see his thoughts if he allowed him to, if his weakness waned. But the pain was life sapping; it drove through every part of his body causing his mind to explode into a white haze, pushing all of his consciousness aside. He shook his head, knowing what was about to come, each movement was apprehensive, fearful but the consequences of giving in would be catastrophic.

Lucifer roared in anger and spread his wings wide. The Dark Prince’s eyes closed. Aquinas screamed, the noise was one of complete agony, the sound of total torment. His body arched one way then another, the brittle bones bent to positions which took on the elasticity a much younger man could not have borne. The screams from Aquinas were never broken by the need to breathe, every organ within him felt as if they were bursting. Lucifer opened his eyes. Aquinas fell in a heap; the pain eased quickly, his breathing fast and shallow. Mumbled words of a prayer were softly spoken, incomprehensible to those around him. Thomas Aquinas looked up at the small window, blinking wearily through the shaft of light. A setting summer sun helped the pathetic glow of the candles illuminate the shadowed frame of Lucifer and three other angels who stood over towards the far wall. The small, bland, wooden table, where earlier a pile of parchment had sat, now looked bare with only a candlestick, several quills and a tarnished inkwell upon it.

Earlier, Aquinas had been sipping slowly from a jewelled wine goblet, his heavy eyes stinging from the thin fug of candle smoke floating through the room. He had cursed the use of cheap wax, the fibrous wicks burnt through quickly and produced wisps of smoke which would not have been seen if more expensive candles had been purchased. For the past eight years he had lived in the room, his modest surroundings furnished with a small bed, a table and chair, parchment, ink and feathers. He infrequently ventured out from his self-imposed cell for some fresh air, a walk around the Italian capital to clear his thoughts. The old man particularly enjoyed the surroundings of the River Tiber, he would stand staring across the deep green waters from the middle of the Elian Bridge which led to Hadrian’s mausoleum, the Castel Sant Angelo, before returning to his lugubrious apartment. The bland stone bridge always afforded him spiritual inspiration. It had always puzzled the theologian that standing in the centre of Rome, a city bursting with religious buildings and adornments, he found the greatest inspiration and peace in that particular spot.

He had stared wearily upon the parchments, his work complete. The path of his life had brought him to this very moment. Thomas Aquinas had meticulously sieved through the apocryphal work of Enoch, discovered within the deserts of Africa. The code of creation seen by Enoch had now been omitted from Aquinas’ reworking of the holy text. Upon completion, the parchments had been divided into four quarters and sent to the four farthest reaches of the world.

The frail old man sat back in his chair, the wooden back rest heavily worn and as smooth as marble, a very familiar source of support. He habitually fidgeted with his greying wisps of hair on the side of his head, the top devoid of a single strand. The code was safe. In the far corner of his room stood a highly decorated silver font, which sat atop a gold ornate cross. He had carefully placed the complete original text of Enoch and the section of parchment which held the code to the creation inside the font. He slowly shuffled from the font to the table. Suddenly Aquinas turned, unsettled. He stared at the empty far corner of the room and shook his head, annoyed with himself for being distracted by the spirits that accompanied him. His hand trembled as he brought the flickering flame of a candle closer to the wick protruding from just inside the pile of parchment; flames gradually licked across the top layer of the bundle. With a flash, flames drove deep into the pile; the sheen inside of the font began to darken.

His thoughts were interrupted by a knock on the wooden door; he pulled back the heavy wrought iron lock and heaved the door open. The musty smell of the damp corridor filtered past Aquinas, pushed by the airy winds that inhabited the maze of deep corridors, which fingered their way throughout the papal palaces. Aquinas watched the shadow walk along the wall of the corridor disappearing around the corner. The smell of hot broth and freshly cooked bread pulled his attention down to the floor where his servant had left his supper. His stomach grumbled in appreciation but he had no appetite and placed the tray against the opposite wall of the corridor.

He closed the door, turned back into his room to be startled by the presence of four wonderful beings. Lucifer had stepped forward quickly, charming and warm, a countenance which very quickly turned to sinister and deadly once he realized the old man would not easily give him the information he wanted.

Aquinas was lifted from the floor by an unseen force; his bloodshot eyes now level with the black eyes of Lucifer, his blurred vision able to see his reflection within the soul of the devil.

“Now, give me the code. You will be released from your pain, your burden taken away.”

Aquinas stared at the hardened features of Lucifer. The air filled with the scent of cinnamon, entwined with the stench of rotten apples and sewage which wafted in through the open window from the River Tiber.

“I cannot,” Aquinas replied, his chin dropping down onto his chest.

The pain rose from the tips of his toes, drove through his thighs into his groin. The scream grew in intensity as Aquinas’ intestines swelled to bursting point. His internal organs crushed against each other. The air in his lungs burst out of his mouth as his cries for the pain to stop filled the room. His skull pounded, the brain pulsating within an enclosed space.

“Bloodline!” Aquinas screamed.

“Old man?” Lucifer said his frown deepening.

The pain subsided a fraction, allowing Thomas Aquinas to gather himself just enough to talk with more control. The whispered words told of a man at the edge of an abyss. He could not carry the pain anymore.

“The code has gone, destroyed within fire, to be carried by bloodline,” Aquinas mumbled.

Lucifer looked at Samsaweel, The Fallen Archangel bowed as he stepped into the light.

“We have a link. Whatever it takes, bring me Genesis.” Lucifer made to walk away then suddenly stopped. Without turning he spoke again. “Kill the old man – take as long as you like to send his soul to The Enlightened!”

 

Known Unto God by Darren Humby

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hHere is the trailer for Known Unto God

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How would you feel if within the blink of an eye you found yourself in the hell that was the trenches of the Great War?Sam Stewart begins his search to trace his great-grandfather, Archibald Stewart, who he discovers was killed during the 1st World War at the start of the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. The discovery leads him to a place he could never have imagined; fighting along side his ancestor. This is a story based around fact, which encompasses the horror of the Great War, and tells of the men who fought in it.

Darren Humby’s wonderful book set in the trenches of World War I brings the horror to life. Five star reviews have confirmed this as a must read for anyone interested in that period.

A wonderful story. I stopped reading novels many years ago but my love of anything first World war related compelled me to buy it and so glad I did. Brilliant, moving, horrific, vivid and detailed story which almost makes you forget it’s only a novel as it draws you in. Brilliantly gripping.

I bought this book for my kindle and I was reluctant to stop reading this story. I will not detail the story line as this will spoil it for those of you who have not yet read this novel. Basically it details the life of the foot soldiers of WW1 through the eyes of someone who was projected into this period of the 20th century. The author writes in a style that is easy to read and uses quite simple language. This is not a criticism. It is more a style that suits the story telling. I will be travelling to Ypres and the Somme later this year and will certainly be looking for the battle sites noted in this short book. Loved it.

This is a book that I found very hard to put down. The plot is good and shows how close to death the men who served in the War to end all Wars were. The historical detail is spot on. The author must be congratulated. In my humble opinion this is a film script in waiting. All in all a very thought provoking book and a fitting tribute to all those who perished and are “Known Unto God” Highly recommended.

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How to Sell Ebooks: 5 Proven Tips!

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The ability to sell ebooks as an independent author is easier than ever before. In some ways, a cult-like following has developed for self-published ebooks among cost-conscious readers and techno-geeks. Many people feel cool downloading books at cheap prices and helping drive the e-reading revolution. If you want to join the fray and sell ebooks to a wider audience, use these five tips to market like a pro.

Sell Ebooks Tip #1 – Give it away for free

One of the best ways to assess if you can make it as a new author is by giving away your ebook for free for a limited time, such as 30 or 90 days. Free is the quickest way to generate word of mouth, which is essential to success. If you’re writing isn’t good enough to get friends and family to share your book with others, you probably won’t get the general public to follow suit. By giving away your ebook for free, you can generate enough short-term momentum to carry you through to the real sales process.

E-book innovator, Seth Godin, encourages aspiring authors to give away their first book for free. “You should give your book away for free and send it to your twenty closest friends,” he says. “And, if that’s the end of it, then you’re not a good writer. On the other hand, if those twenty people send it to twenty more people, then you have four hundred readers, and then eight thousand readers, and so on. If you can get up to twenty thousand readers of your first book for free, there will be a line out the door of people wanting to help you with your next book.”

Using a free approach with your ebook allows you to test your material with readers without losing your shirt financially if you fail. The opportunity to build a new audience has never been this quick and easy.

Sell Ebooks Tip #2 – The price is right

A large percentage of people who read e-books are extremely price sensitive. Amazon started this process by setting prices for most e-books at $9.99. A continual battle rages throughout the publishing industry on the right price structure. But, Amazon created a trend in the minds of many readers. Thus, many independent authors picked up on this trend and now use low pricing as a way to get readers to take a chance on their new book.

For example, Darcie Chan, ebook author of The New York Times best-selling novel, The Mill River Recluse, used low prices to gain her initial audience. “The goal of my ‘e-book experiment’ has never been to make money,” she says. “I only wanted to get my work out there over time and gauge people’s responses to it. For that reason, I lowered the price to $0.99. I think it is true that readers are more willing to take a chance on a completely unknown author at that price point, and I definitely wanted to encourage people to take a chance on me.”

Not only did people take a chance on Darcie’s novel, they gave rave reviews and spread an electronic wildfire. Within four months, she was selling several thousand copies a day. You could argue that Darcie didn’t make much money from this low-price strategy, but with an established fan base, she’s now in a position to get a big advance from a major publisher or sell her next book at a much higher price.

Sell Ebooks Tip #3 – Partner with e-book blogs

E-book junkies are a tight-knit tribe who possess a powerful communication network. Everyone knows where to go for information, and they check-in regularly. There are numerous blogs, websites, newsletters, and social media pages that specifically review and promote e-books. The influence of these reviewers affects a lot of ebook buyers. Below is a list of several well-known blogs and websites with large traffic:

Ereader News Today: http://www.ereadernewstoday.com/
Kindle Nation: http://kindlenationdaily.com/
Pixel of Ink: http://www.pixelofink.com
Inspired Reads: http://www.inspiredreads.com
Kindle Reader: http://kindlereader.blogspot.com/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com
IndieReader: http://indiereader.com/author-promotional-opportunities/

Getting your e-book mentioned on these websites can help generate a lot of downloads. You can write to the administrators of these e-book blogs and request a feature of your book. Some sites give free listings while others will feature your book for a fee. For instance, Kindle Nation offers author sponsorship opportunities to promote your book for $99 to $400. In addition, you can arrange for web-based ads to run on ebook-related sites, such as GoodReads and IndieReader.

Sell Ebooks Tip #4 – Pursue paid book reviews

Besides book mentions and paid advertising, independent authors can pursue literary reviews of their work for a fee. These review sites can help provide a level of legitimacy to an unknown author. Consider the following organizations if you’d like to pursue a paid review:

Kirkus Reviews: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/indie/about/ Review fees cost from $425 to $575.
BookRooster: http://www.bookrooster.com/for-authors/ Review fees start at $67.

Sell Ebooks Tip #5 – Subsidize your writing costs with a sponsor

Taking the time to write a book can work against your ability to make a living. If that is the case, consider getting a sponsor for your ebook. This process is similar to getting an advance from a traditional publisher, because someone pays you up front to create your book. In return, you agree to give the sponsor some free advertising space or perform promotional activities on their behalf. Popular services in this arena includeKickstarter and PubSlush.

For example, e-book author, Al Pittampalli, landed Citrix Systems as a sponsor for his new ebook called,Read This Before Our Next Meeting. Citrix invented the popular GoToMeeting videoconferencing service (www.GoToMeeting.com), which is used by companies around the world. As a sponsor of Al’s book, Citrix got exposure to thousands of potential new customers. Likewise Al got funding through Citrix, legitimacy from their brand, and exposure to a much wider audience.

The key to landing a sponsor is to identify people, companies, or nonprofit organizations that want to reach the same audience you want to reach with your book. In essence, you offer yourself as a spokesperson or product placement opportunity for that organization. The company receives the benefit of marketing their product or service in a non-threatening manner to potential customers or donors. Sponsorship will work only if the company believes your book’s audience fits their target market and that you have the ability to sell a lot of books.

There has never been a more interesting time to be an independent author. The opportunities to publish and sell ebooks are unprecedented. However, the fundamentals remain the same. You must write a great book that provides tangible value to the reader. Ebooks allow you to accomplish this task faster than ever before. Start small, use a low-cost pricing approach to gain new readers, connect with the ebook community to grow your platform, find a sponsor if needed, and watch as the world downloads your message like wildfire.

Rob Eagar