July 2, 2015
The Peatmore Press five day promotion period for its latest ebook, Bike Travelling Man (BTM) under Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Program, has ended. It seems that 75 free kindle books have been downloaded by customers. Just one copy of BTM was purchased after the period was stopped prematurely at day 4. The ebook, American Road, is the only other Peatmore Press publication which has been selling consistently during the last year and one copy was sold at day 5. It is still early days but it looks like the book promotion has had no effect on the number of sold books. But the situation may improve if or when the 75 customers have had a chance to read their free copies and hopefully they will find their reading of BTM such an enjoyable experience that they will purchase other Peatmore Press books.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Report for all book Titles
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Report for Bike Travelling Man
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Report for American Road
The five day campaign has been a useful experience. It was hard work posting promotional material to websites, facebook groups and twitter accounts that accepted and agreed to promote BTM to their followers. Only two independent reviews were obtained before the book was entered into the promotion cycle. This was clearly not enough and more effort should be made to address this issue. One promising outcome of the campaign was that Book Goodies. com offered me an author interview which was gladly accepted you can check it out at http://bookgoodies.com/interview-with-author-keith-jahans.
Finally I wish all you writers and self publishers out there good luck with your book promotions. Your efforts deserve to succeed.
Editor, Peatmore Press
April 9, 2014
People are fascinated by them. The desire to find out what happens next is irresistible. Writers want their audience to be entertained and keep coming back for more. Sometimes they are surprised by the results. The Peatmore Press motorcycle travel ebook, American Road, is selling well in America. Perhaps the reason is many Americans want to reach out and find a new way in which they can explore their own country by reading about the experiences of others. They may be wishing to undertake a similar journey themselves and are seeking clues of where to go and how to travel. Whatever the reason, their motivation is welcome and I hope they get as much out of the ebook as I did in writing it.
American Road for Kindle can be obtained from Amazon UK by clicking or tapping on the jacket cover in the side bar or from Amazon.com in the USA or by following the links to the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com. As a reward for reading Peatmore stories and following this blog, I have posted another free short story, The Age Gene, which can again be accessed by via the jacket cover and following the link to the website.
Editor, Peatmore Press.
August 22, 2011
Once the short story was all but dead; mainstream publishers were reluctant to publish them with the excuse that they did not sell. However, the arrival of the ebook has changed all that. Authors may now self publish in a variety of digital formats which can be made readily available through online stores or the writers’ own websites.
A number of portable electronic platforms such as the laptop, notebook, tablet, smart phone and kindle are now available so readers can download text while on the move. Short stories are ideal for this purpose as they can be dipped into while on a train, at a station, airport or during breaks in the working day. Text to sound features make it possible to become engaged behind the wheel of a car and also enable written stories to be more accessible to the visually impaired.
The short story allows the reader and writer to explore single themes in a condensed style which can focus the interest of the busy traveller in a way that novels with their intertwining plots and subplots can not do. In this way the reader and writer are able to enjoy the craft of story telling in much the same way as it was when first formed in the oral tradition when tales were passed from parent to child or to one and other by the evening firelight.
Peatmore Press has published its first anthology of short stories. It is available on the Amazon Kindle Store or at http://peatmore.com/crimeandpassion.htm. The short story has returned and is back in a big way.