An easy way to sell more books

Great blog by Nicholas Rossis

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Effrosyni Moschoudi was the very first one to suggest to me this little trick, and I have since used it with all my books. Now, Jonathan Gunson has written a great post with the same easy way to sell more books, as a comment on a presentation by Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler.

In a survey of Goodreads’ 15 million strong membership, he found that the main driver of eBook purchases was, unsurprisingly, ‘referral by a friend’.  But when a follow-up question was put to readers, another powerful sales strategy for authors emerged.

They were asked:  “What do you want to do when you get to the end of a book?”

The telling response was that 83%wanted tosee what else the author had written.

Here’s the actual slide from Chandler’s presentation:
Goodreads Readers

How Can Authors Take Advantage Of This ‘Show Me More’ Moment?

If most readers finish books and immediately…

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Crescent's new Assassin's Revenge series pulls you in from the beginning, with the peculiarity of the main characters having two names. Immediately intrigued, the book progresses quickly as both the action and heat-inducing romance pick up pace. Alexander/Marc and Ellie/Rachel are interesting and fleshed out characters who manage to be both mysterious and revealing at times. With love scenes that left me gasping for breath yet begging for more and characters that I immediately became invested in, this book should be on your must-read list! I for one cannot wait for the next installment. Literally unable to put it down, I read the book in one sitting. It would not surprise me if many of you do the same.

Ennara and the Fallen Druid

Ennara and the Fallen Druid is the perfect fantasy novel to start a young person's journey into the genre. I was immediately under its spell and thought, "I can't wait for my daughter to read this!" Complete with a strong female protagonist, in the form of Ennara, who finds hidden depths and strength within herself over the course of the novel, depictions of strong friendships,  regardless of gender, this book teaches many lessons subtly. Other themes, like the war in us all between the dark and the light are easily seen and progress throughout the course of the book. For all parents who would like to introduce their older children to the fantasy genre, this  is the book to use! It has a vibrant world, amazing descriptive imagery and plenty of action to satisfy even the pickiest of readers. Angela Myron has truly crafted a compelling tale of hope, courage, magic and adventure. I am looking forward to reading this series with my ten year old. Then, we'll play some D&D.

“Washing the dishes to wash the dishes” by Thich Nhat Hanh


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Thirty years ago, when I was still a novice at Tu Hieu Pagoda, washing the dishes was hardly a pleasant task. During the Season of Retreat when all the monks returned to the monastery, two novices had to do all the cooking and wash the dishes for sometimes well over one hundred monks.

There was no soap. We had only ashes, rice husks, and coconut husks, and that was all. Cleaning such a high stack of bowls was a chore, especially during the winter when the water was freezing cold. Then you had to heat up a big pot of water before you could do any scrubbing.

Nowadays one stands in a kitchen equipped with liquid soap, special scrubpads, and even running hot water which makes it all the more agreeable. It is easier to enjoy washing the dishes now. Anyone can wash them in a hurry, then sit down…

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Long time coming

So everyone,

I know that you have been waiting on some reviews and I have four and an interview with an author coming up. My life has just been super hectic. Sick kids, looking for a new job, you name it. However, I have good news. I have made some AWESOME new friends, besides the ones on here and Twitter (you guys rock), since my break up with my boyfriend in November. These people are becoming my salvation. Milissa drags me out of the house when I need it and don’t know it. Mercer is always there to listen and talk to. I’m punching his geek card bit by bit. We all know that friends don’t let friends NOT watch Firefly! =) I’m proud to say my friend Mike started his new job making twice what he was (he’s a veteran and my mother got the job for him because vets stick together)! Hopefully, I will see more of him once his car is fixed. My author friends, you know who you are, James, Jennifer, CG, Scott, Ellis, thanks for the emails, msgs and support. I’m glad to give it back.

Everyone, I really did start this as a forum for YOU. This is to help independent authors get free marketing and advertising. You are amazing, creative people and the world needs to know about you. My life is in transition, but I will be cleaning the virus off of my laptop, enabling me to read one beta read easier, and I am halfway done with Keltor, Jennifer. 

So, in the next few days, or my REALLY long weekend, look for something REAL from me, not drivel. I love you all. May your muses be rich and inspiring and your words flow freely.

Love and Hugs,


Free Reviews for Authors

I’m a bibliophile. I read at approximately 100 pages per hour and I want to do all I can to help out independent, new and self-published authors get more publicity and free marketing for their work. I review books, for free. I will post the reviews to Amazon, goodreads, this blog, email it to you, and plan to set up a facebook page for reviews. If the genre is paranormal romance or erotica, then I have a friend with websites that I can put the
reviews on. We can also do author interviews, giveaways, etc.
I am going to link this to my twitter and facebook accounts. So, you guys and gals get to writing and I will get to reading! You can send me electronic copies of books, ARCS, or printed copies, whichever you prefer. I have nine I am reviewing now, but have read 4.5 of them. One is a lovely work in progress. Yes, I will also work with you as you write and give you feedback. This is all in my spare time, so I may not be extremely fast with it. Some weeks I read four books, some I find time to read only one, or not even finish one. It depends on life and work.
However, I love the written word, and I want to help all of you achieve your dreams.
Always at Your Service,
FaeStruck aka Nancy