Monday, 23 March 2015

Ebook promotion sites - feedback & links

I have seen numerous blog posts about ebook promos paid & unpaid. 

Bookbub and Freebooksy seem to be the front runners but are expensive. I decided to look for cheaper alternatives and see what happens.  I found loads of sites, anything over $10 I discounted as I am on a very tight budget.  I found numerous sites go on US reviews not UK which I think puts UK self published authors at a disadvantage.

I advertised The Awakening on kindle countdown for £0.99/$0.99 and Origins (novella) FREE.  I was hoping it might lead to purchases of The Reckoning and boost my ratings.

The promo was 26th Feb to 2nd March.

Here is some info on those I looked into -

Awesome gang $10
Submit to Awesome Gang

Ebooksoda $10 27th Feb
Submit to Ebooksoda

Choosy bookworm $8 26th Feb
Submit to Choosy Bookworm

Readcheaply free 26th Feb
Submit to Read Cheaply

Ereader news today - couldn't use as not enough US reviews which is a same as have a good reputation

I love vampire novels - couldn't use as not enough US reviews & too expensive as I was a on tight budget. Promos are $49 daily download, $59 free read of the day, $77 featured read.

Pixel of ink - not taking submissions at present which is a shame as have a good repuation

Daily cheap reads - need 5 US reviews & I only had 4! Boo!

Booksends (was bookblast) - not enough US reviews

Frugal Freebies - Free books - Free to submit
Submit to Frugal Freebies

Read Freely - Free books - Free to submit
Submit to Read Freely

Book loves heaven - Could not use as need 10 US reviews

Daily-Free ebooks - Free books - Free to submit
Submit to Daily-free ebooks

To be honest I was a little disappointed but glad I tried it and one positive is that I now have a US review for Origins.

I sold 13 copies of The Awakening, 28 Free Origins, 2 borrows.

Its now 23rd March and no copies of The Reckoning have been purchased.

Income $5.94 and £2.20
Spent $28

I really liked Ebooksoda, Awesome Gang and Choosy bookworms websites and their communication was good but think they are just accepting too many books so you do not stand out.

I will definitely try the free to submit sites again for a new promo very soon.

I think unfortunately it is a case of what you pay for but I just can't afford Bookbub & Freebooksy's fees and to be honest I hate the idea of paying to advertise my book for free. Its also a big gamble as it does not guarantee you will increase sales of other books in your collection.

Has anyone tried BookBub or Freebooksy?

What did you think?

Was it worth the money?

Hope this info helps some of you out there.


Emma x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Healthy Eating Recipe & My C25K Journey

Here's another healthy recipe to try & update on my C25k journey.

Chicken & chorizo with brown rice

Absolutely yummy & does no way resemble diet food.

Chicken breast (3-4 depends on size)
Peppers (I use any colour usually 3 or 4)
Tin of chopped tomatoes
75g cubed chorizo (only item need to count on weight watchers filling & healthy - a small amount puts loads of flavour into the dish)

This recipe is for 4 portions.
Cut chicken into chunks & brown.
Remove & then fry chorizo, peppers & garlic.
Add tomatoes & chicken & a little water.
Cook for further 10-15 mins until chicken cooked through.

I love this meal its delicious & doesn't use a huge array of ingredients. I serve with brown rice but you could have pasta, wedges or mash potato.

Now a little update on my C25K attempt.  I never set out to conquer 5K just increase my fitness & aid weight loss.  I've been enjoying it but still find it tough. I'm upto week 6 day 1.  My hardest run so far was week 5 day 3 which was 20 mins non stop! I don't think I've done that since middle school & enforced cross country ha ha! I wanted to stop after 12 minutes but willed myself on & finished but I didn't enjoy it. I've liked the other runs so may stick to 5-8-5 for a while as this pushes me but is manageable.

I think my fitness isn't increasing fast enough as I only do it twice a week instead of 3 times due to work, kids, daylight hours. However I'm still happy as in the beginning I thought 60 seconds was hard!!!

 I'm hoping now the days are getting longer I can go out sometimes in the evening when my partner gets home from work. I've found a nice route which is 2 1/2 miles. I've surprised myself with sticking with it & hope to continue as I do feel really good for getting out in the fresh air & being more active.

Is anyone else attempting the C25k plan?
How are you getting on?

Emma xxx

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