Great article about fantasy author David Dalglish.

David Gaughran

shadowdancetrilogyFantasy author David Dalglish is a big name in the self-publishing world, but he’s on the cusp of something even bigger.

His path wasn’t easy. When David uploaded his first book, way back in February 2010, he was working in Pizza Hut.

The popularity of his books, and the speed with which he was able to publish them, meant that it didn’t take long before he was able to quit that job and write full-time.

David’s stellar sales (over 350,000 books to date) led to big offers from major publishers. But he wasn’t able to accept any of them – until recently.

David is here today to tell us more. Trust me when I say this is quite the story:

Hi David, thanks for agreeing to come along and speak with us today. I’ve been hoping to chat since you signed that big deal with Orbit a couple of weeks ago

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Easy Ways to Sell More Books

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I was checking my websites email this morning and came across an article written by Author/CEO of Bestseller Labs, Jonathan Gunson, titled Goodreads CEO Reveals An Amazingly Easy Way To Sell More Books. Right off the bat, there were three things that caught my attention right away.

1)     The first was adding links to the end of your finished book. I recently did this with my most recently published e-book, Eternal Existence. And the reason why was because I had seen it displayed that way in someone e-book I had just finished reading. I thought, wow, this is such a genius way to let my readers know about my current and upcoming releases, as well as how to follow me.

2)     The second was making sure your Amazon pages do their job. After giving my pages a second look, I see that I can do a lot more with my author’s page. As stated in the article, “Readers look at these pages when making decisions, so fill out all the sections on these pages properly.”

3)     And the last thing was a poll asking readers “What do you want to do when you get to the end of a book?” There were four things mentioned, but at the top of the list 83% of readers stated that they want to see what else the author has written, which takes me back to why adding links are effective.

A lot of helpful information that I’m certainly going to put to good use.

Talk to you later,

R. Lynn

Website:  http://www.rlynnarchie.com

Free Sites To Promote Your eBook

e-Books Tablet Readers New Technology Growing in Popularity

I’ve taken a bit longer to get this blog posted; so I apologize for the wait. Let me start of by saying that marketing eBooks, or probably any book is a never-ending job, and I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I have to admit that when I first self published, I thought that my romance eBooks were miraculously going to take off selling in vast quantities—NOT! All I can tell you are my thoughts were extremely delusional, LOL.

I realize that I must promote my work, and since I’m no Stephanie Meyer (Twilight’s author), I’m using cost effective marketing techniques. I haven’t got a clue what’s going to or not going to work; therefore I’m in a trial and error period. The plus side of it is that I’m gaining experience as I learn, and that is always good. I’m usually on the prowl for helpful information, and when I first started my search for places where I could spread about my eBooks, I stumbled upon these websites that you can join for free. Take a look below.

Goodreads

This is a popular book lover’s website of readers and authors that get millions of visitors a month. You can promote your eBook on the site according to the right targeted age group and genre, interact with other authors, join book clubs, etc. I like this site a lot.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 200 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. What I’ve found useful are the groups that you can join according to your profession. I like using it to post my blogs or announcements about my eBooks. There also are a lot of really good articles from other members that I find useful.

BookDaily – www.bookdaily.com

I haven’t tried this one yet, but I intend to soon. Authors can set up an account for free in which you will be able to post the first chapter of your book, upload a bio, photo, video and even a link back to your website, which I think is a fantastic bonus.

Social Media’s

I use Facebook (in which I created a fan page) and Twitter (to tweet about my blogs, promotions, etc). I’m aware that there are more out there, but I only use these two because I don’t want to get overwhelmed trying to do more.

I know it’s going to take time to build up a fan base, get friends, etc. In the meantime, I’m taking it one day at a time, and learning all that I can come by on the essentials of what it takes to be an established self published author.

Talk to you soon folks,

R. Lynn

Website:  http://rlynnarchie.com                      Contact:  info@rlynnarchie.com

2/19 & 2/20 – Free Giveaway of Kindle eBook

I’m having a free promotion today and tomorrow on my urban fantasy Kindle ebook Eternal Existence.

Story Description:

Ariana Porter, newly born and draped in nothing but a blanket with an insignia on it, was left outside of a hospital emergency entrance. With the whereabouts of her parents never to be discovered, she was cared for and eventually adopted by the nurse who found her, Susan Porter.

For years, Ariana had been plagued by strange dreams. They meant nothing, just fragments of her imagination is what she boiled it down to be. However, since she has turned twenty-four things has gone from bad to worse. Not only have the dreams become a reality, she has started to experience weird episodes.

Her childhood friends, Leora and Scott will stick beside her no matter what, but mysterious visitors from her lost past, Kirsten and Judas show up and they might be the only two that can provide the needed answers to help her stay alive. Even with their aid it still may not be enough to stop the vicious vampire, Luthen, who wants to seize her soul.

Mature readers 18+

Here’s the link:  http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Existence-ebook/dp/B00BA8Z916/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359991329&sr=1-1&keywords=eternal+existence

I hope you enjoy reading it and feel free to visit back to my blog and/or my Amazon page to leave comments.

Many thanks,

R. Lynn Archie

Website:  http://www.rlynnarchie.com

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Using Backlinks…Deal or No Deal?

Last week was quite productive; I got in some writing, and even managed to complete a few things off of my “To Do” list that needed my immediate attention.

A couple of weeks ago, I gave myself a deadline to complete the sequel to my interracial romance novel Trial of Marriage. However, the end of the month deadline is fast approaching, and I’m starting to wonder if I will truly be able to accomplish that deed. Worst case scenario, I will have to extend it another month, however, better late than never. Good thing I only have to answer to me!

Since I’m a new romance author, it has been a never-ending cycle these past two months in trying to promote my work and get my romance ebook website recognized. It’s not booming, but traffic is slowly starting to trickle my way. The internet is full of so much information; it’s just the time that you must put in researching and reading up on things that tends to be a little tedious (yet well worth it). Over the weekend, I watch the Matrix and thought it would be fantastic if I could plug that little do-dad in the back of my head and instantly become an expert in everything. But that’s not reality, only movie special effects, nonetheless it would be fabulous.

I did come across one thing in particular while crossing the internet—backlinks. What I learned was that backlinks enable you to keep track of other pages on the web that link to your posts. For instance, suppose I write a blog entry that Mary finds interesting. Mary then goes to her own blog and writes a post of her own about it, linking back to my original post. Now my post will automatically show that Mary has linked to it, and it will provide a short snippet of text and a link to Mary post. What it all works out to is a way of expanding the comment feature so that related discussions on other sites can be included along with the regular comments on a post. Although, I have done this, I didn’t have a clear understanding until I researched it further. When people say knowledge is power, they have never lied. Until later folks!

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