I’ve decided to try something different here to see if it gains some traction. I have done Amazon giveaways several times in the past. I did five of them before I started selling enough to think about leaving my day job. The Deep Dark Well was extremely successful. I gave away 4,100+ copies, and to this day I believe this promotion kick-started my career. I’ve sold almost 7,000 of that book since, and the book I put out after the promotion, Exodus: Empires at War: Book 1, jumped off the digital bookshelves. Several of the other giveaways did well, but didn’t result in greater sales. Prior to releasing book 5 of the Exodus series I did a giveaway of Book 1. 4,900 free eBooks went out, and I sold five hundred of books 1 through 4 when Book 5 came out. Even the book I had just given away.
So giveaways can work. And even if they don’t result in greater sales, they get eBooks out in the hands of readers. I don’t do them often because they actually take a lot of time. Posting on the sites that publicize the giveaway, blogging, tweeting. But they work, and I thought it was about time I tried another. But which book? I have three series that do well, and those are the ones I thought it would be best to promote. Across the entire month of October. Amazon allows the free promotion of any book exclusive to them for five days every ninety. So I decided which books to do, and went ahead and set up the first three on a number of promotion sites.
Blurb: Exodus: Machine Wars: Book 1: Supernova is the launch of a new chapter in the Saga. Not all the action occurs on the main front. Space is too big for that kind of restriction.
The Klassekians are a gifted race, with an ability which could help the Empire in its war against the Ca’cadasans. Just entering space, the species is still torn apart by religious and nationalistic schisms. They are on the verge of a nuclear war. And that is the least of their problems. For six light months from their star system is a blue giant, and the timer on its life is just about to hit zero.
Exploration Command ships discover the civilization, and it is soon apparent that this is one that needs saving. But saving the six billion people on the planet is a daunting task, especially with a killing wave of radiation a year and a half away, six months after the blue giant explodes. And one of the main religious factions of the planet sees their destruction as a cause for celebration, the return of their God. Now the humans must not only battle time, but the politics and religious fanaticism of a fatalistic people who do not desire rescue, and are determined to stop those who do. Add to this the mysterious alien artifacts that rise from surface to above the atmosphere, and the mission becomes interesting in the most hazardous manner.
And in the darkness, wait things that humanity thought they were well rid of, probing the human fleet, and threatening the great Empire base at Bolthole.
Following will be the two books of the Refuge series, Refuge: The Arrival: Book 1 from October 6-10, and Refuge: The Arrival: Book 2 from October 11-15. This series currently stands at 5 books, with more to come.
After that I will be doing the first three books of the Exodus: Empires at War series, which stands at 12 books, with more to come. I will be blogging about the other books on their day of release. So, if you haven’t read these books yet, or know someone who might like them, go ahead and grab them while they’re free.