|Posted on July 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
Today, I bring you a topic that's been rumbling behind the scenes of Indie Publishing for about a year now: FREE BOOKS!
We all do it. We all One-Click the heck out of books when Authors (myself included) run specials on their books or set their books to Perma-Free. But, how many of those FREE books do you actually ever read?
Here's a little background on the idea of free books and why it originally started.
Indie and Traditional Authors started listing books (most of the time it's the first book in the series) for free for a limited time or permanently free to be able to drive the sales in a series... in other words "hook" readers on the series so they were vested in the characters (hey, who doesn't like a free sampling of a great book now and again).
This marketing concept has been around for years, but it's only really taken on headway in the last few years. Now, however, there are more and more Authors hitting the epically intimidating 'publish' button. All of us, myself included, are looking for ways to stand out to our readers and potential readers. Whether it's spending upwards of $1000+ for a kick-ass cover or paying a monthly PR firm, we all try to find ways to spread the word of these novels and characters that we've invested so much of our time and energy into. Listing a book for 'free' is simply a way to be able to get put onto certain reader lists, allowed into certain blog/twitter/FB posts, or a way to get have people recommend your book to others.
Now, here let's get to the meat and potatoes of this little blog post: ARE FREE BOOKS EFFECTIVE?
Over the 4th of July holiday, I saw one-click freebie books everywhere. So, I ended up spending the better part of a day and half downloading books to my hearts content. Now, however, I have more than 80 new books in my already overstuff TBR.
The question is will I ever read any of those books? Will you ever read all the free books you download?
Now, I'm not saying that free books don't totally rock for the reader and anyway to get a good book into anyone's hands is an excellent thing. However, being an Author that has been on the opposite end of the free promotion.... I give you another insight:
I'm sure each of those authors that saw a spike in their sales (free) for those days were hoping that each and every one of those downloads would be read and subsequently that reader would buy the next book. But, the fact is, less than 1% of those books are going to be read and the main reason for offering the book for free has been taken away and it is making it harder and harder to justify running free promotions since the author is not getting any compensation for the cost of their covers, formatting, swag, and not to mention the time they devoted to writing the book.
Which leads to a much larger problem: free books flooding the market aren't being read and new, possibly excellent authors, aren't getting read because they have tried this risky marketing tactic.
What do you think? How many free books have you downloaded today? Yesterday? Or last month even? Of those- how many have you read?
|Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Good Morning Everyone!
As most of you know, I hosted a Charity Event to benefit the National Domestic Violence hotline in conjunction with my 'Full Moon' release on Jun 17th! (Full Moon is *NOW* available on all platforms!)
The auction lasted 17 hours and included more than 48 Authors and 50 Auction Items! In total, there were more than 200 bids placed.
Including 10% of my sales on that date and all of the Auction Item Sales, a total of $683 was raised! Fantastic Job everyone! Once all funds are collected from the bidders, the full amount raised will be sent to the National Domestic Violence Hotline!
Just a reminder, 'Full Moon', the finale of 'The Crescent Series' is out now! Go pick up your copy today and see how it all ends!
Thank you so much to everyone for participating~
|Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
I am excited to announce that I have taken on a Personal Assistant, Billie Burk. Please join me in welcoming her to the Wolf Pack!
She is a wife and stay at home mom of four! She will be handling my mailings, review requests, blog requests, swag mailings, etc. She will also be providing some assistance for the Charity Auction Event on June 17th for 'Full Moon's release.
You can contact Billie directly at: JordansPA@JordanDeen.net
|Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
I am excited to announce that I will be hosting an online Auction in conjunction with my 'Full Moon' book release on June 17th!
The all day event will feature more than thirty Authors and Industry Professionals hosting and donating items that will be given away and auctioned off during a 14 hour period of time.
All monies raised will be donated to 'The National Domestic Violence Hotline'. The hotline services men, women and children that have been victims of domestic violence. Last year, they assisted more than 330,000 families.
In addition to any monies raised during the auction, I will be donating 10% of all my book sales that day to this worthy cause. In America today, 1 in 4 women have experienced domestic violence. The money that is donated to this charity helps displaced families, individuals in danger, and much more.
Please stop by the event, place a bid (or two) and help me raise awareness for Domestic Violence Survivors. (Oh, and celebrate 'Full Moon's release too)!
|Posted on May 24, 2014 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Today's the big day everyone!
Here is the new cover for 'Full Moon'! Isn't it pretty!
Huge thank you to Kelsey Keeton designs for her beautiful work and cover model Cameo Hooper.
|Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I have a huge giveaway going on right now on by Facebook Fan Page!
I am giving away a signed copy of Anne Rice's 'The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty'!
Make sure you go like my FB page and enter this giveaway. You don't want to miss out.
Much Love and thank you for your continued support!
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
For today's Teaser Tuesday, I'm excited to bring you one of my favorite scenes from 'Losing Lauren'-
Danny is one of my favorite bad boys.
Lauren comes halfway down the stairs about five minutes later. She’s still in her dress. “Is it cool if I take a shower?” I shake off the image of my lucky bar of soap getting to slide against her naked body in my new shower. I haven’t even showered in there yet. She’ll be the first. And, the first girl I’ve let stay the night, in my clothes no less. Even Superman had kryptonite, and I’m definitely not made of steel.
“Of course,” I say and my voice cracks. “There are some towels in the cabinet. Do you need anything?” My feet shuffle the full way closing the distance between the bottom stair and me.
“No, I just think I’ll feel better with a shower,” she says and comes down one more step. And I take one step up; we are just three steps apart now. She looks like the weight of the world is off her shoulders being here. She’s not tense or reserved like she has been. She’s breathing easier and I am too, until she steps down another step, closing the gap even more.
Then I say something stupid, real stupid. “I’m sorry about tonight. If I could’ve stopped it from happening, I would’ve.” Open mouth, insert entire shoe store.
“Uh, yeah. I know,” she says, and this intimate moment is ruined. She lets out a deep breath and I want to take back every word I just said.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to …” I say closing the gap even more and taking another step up. Showing her this is what I want, she is what I want, and I’m offering her everything I have, everything I am- the good, the bad … and the stupid.
What do you think? Who is your favorite bad boy?
|Posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
As of today, I am officially an Indie Author! I have re-released 'The Crescent' and 'Half Moon' with new covers and new pricing! You can now pick up these books on Amazon, BN, Smashwords, and Apple!
|Posted on November 23, 2013 at 6:55 AM||comments (4)|
It's here! It's here!
I have been waiting so long to share this with you! Here is the awesome cover for LOSING LAUREN- the second book in the 'Lauren' Series!
Isn't it beautiful! Want more? How about the back cover!!!
Dealing with the ill-fated decision to go to Lauren’s birthday party and finally deciding to let her go has been harder than Danny Cummings ever thought it could be. Faced with his final year at Mountain View High, Danny is struggling with what he should do versus what he wants to do; although doing the right thing has never been Danny’s strong suit. The idea that Josh has stolen another girl from his life has Danny more than ready to jump back into the fray and worry about the consequences later.
Lauren thought her life had ended the night of her sixteenth birthday party when the world came crashing down around her resulting in the ultimate battle between Josh and Danny. Trying to refocus on school and her goals is all she wants for her junior year of high school. But the fact is, tempting memories of Danny make it hard for her to make the right choice.
The initial battle for Lauren’s affections is over; but the battle is really just beginning.
Still want more? How about a contest!
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered! You could win a Exclusive Origami Owl Necklace designed and inspired by LOSING LAUREN, a $25 Amazon Gift Card and an Advance E-Arc of LOSING LAUREN! (Pretty sweet prizes right?)
**Special Thanks to Mistry Bradley with Origami Owl for her consultation and design work! You can find her at: MistyBradley.OrigamiOwl.com or on Twitter @O2_Designer
Want more entries? Here's how:
+1 leaving a comment on tomorrows Cover Reveal Post! (don't forget to include your email)
+1 Becoming a member of the website
+1 Tweeting/linking the reveal post
+5 Posting/linking the reveal to your Facebook
+5 Posting/linking the reveal post to your blog
+15 Becoming a *NEW* member of the Wolf Pack and get special access to content, swag, videos and much more!
So- there are lots of opportunities for entries! To become a member of the Wolf Pack Street Team- please email me at Jordan_Deen@yahoo.com.
Don't forget to put your linkies and email in your comments to this post! Random drawing will be held next Sunday. Winner will be notified by email and announced here!
Good luck everyone.