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June 2012 Review

Publishing News

Amazon.com began matching the zero price for “A Fine Woman” during last month, although the book is still displayed in their Kindle Store with the standard list price. I assume this changes when you opt to buy it as quite a few have already been downloaded as a result. “A Fine Woman” is currently ranked at about 2,000 in Free in the Kindle Store on Amazon.com and is ranked 38 in Romantic Suspense.

Having said all that, downloads, or zero price purchases I suppose, are highest for “A Fine Woman” at Barne & Noble, which is interesting as many Indie Authors have gone for the KDP Select option with its exclusivity to Amazon and with only limited zero price days in return. I now have books on sale at zero cost permanently and at multiple sites. This seems to be a better option for me. Amazon haven't yet price matched “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End”, but this is also having multiple downloads at Barnes & Noble. And more significantly it has also generated actual sales of the other three parts of “The Friendly Ambassador Series” at Barnes & Noble. Both free books are also being picking up on the Sony and Apple iTunes stores. It will be interesting to see if any of my other books begin to see sales as well.

On the review front, both “A Fine Woman” and “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” have begun to see one or two, so this is also a good development. Several of my books have now received a review or two, so that is pleasing to see.

Since last month I have also now managed to arrange for both “A Fine Woman” and “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” to be made available for free at Google Play. So that makes them free nearly everywhere so far.

Following my involvement in the Free eBook Fridays promotion at the World Literary Cafe on the 4th of May when “An Affair of the Heart” was available for free, I am now doing a promotion on Goodreads. On June 19th and 20th I will be doing a Question and Answer session on Goodreads as part of the Ask An Author, Win A Book Corner events in the Romance Readers Reading Challenges Group. The book in question will be “The Look of Love”, so I hope you pop along to Goodreads and take a look on June 19th and 20th and maybe ask me a question.

In a strange twist of fate, now that I have published “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” in the UK in trade paperback with Feed A Read, CreateSpace are now making their trade paperback books available on Amazon.co.uk and elsewhere in Europe on the other Amazon websites. This is a turnaround as they told me when I contacted them about publishing with Feed A Read that the situation had not changed and they had no intention of publishing outside of the US. Now I am not sure whether to continue publishing my other books with Feed A Read or not. The only reason I am now still thinking about it is because I had considered combining some of my shorter works into a larger volume. I might still do this, but it will be interesting to see how things develop on Amazon.co.uk.

And that's it! See you next month!

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