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Rant Alert: I Could Use a Little Help

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As some of you who have been visiting pretty regularly may know, I’ve been unemployed for close to a year now. I also have extremely bad knees and some other medical issues (as described in Down with the Thickness) that have prompted me to finally decide to go through the process of getting on disability. Family and friends have been gently suggesting it for a couple of years now, but I was stubborn and refused while there was still a chance I could work. This past year has shown me that the time has come, as where I’m at physically now compared to just a year ago is more than a little depressing. While I began the process months ago it could take as long as two years or longer, according to my lawyers, for things to finally go through. Long story short: medically I’m not doing great, and the odds of me finding even a part time job I’m able to get hired for and do well are not looking good either. Right now my only source of income is from the books I’ve been writing, and being an indie writer is really, really rough. Basically social networking and this blog/website is all the publicity/ads I can afford right now.

So my favor is this (and is two-fold):

1. If you haven’t already and can afford it, please consider picking up a copy of one or all of my books. I’ve tried to write a lot of different kinds of stories so that there is hopefully something that appeals to everyone. I’ve got descriptions and sample chapters of everything, so if you’re not sure what you’d like to try out you can get a good idea of what each has to offer. I’ve also tried to keep them as affordable as I can. (The digital versions are all $2.99.) But if you can’t afford to buy anything I totally understand.
2. What you can do is help to get the word out by sharing links on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, and reviewing the books on Amazon and Goodreads (if you’ve read them). It’d be a huge help to me, as I’ve got bills that need to be paid each month, medicines to buy, etc. and any publicity for the books will only help.

Believe me when I say that I really don’t like doing this kind of thing. I don’t like asking for help. However, I’m at the point now where I could really use it and have to suck up my pride; so please, just take a few seconds and help spread the word. I’ve linked to our “e-store” below, which has descriptions and sample chapters for all the books along with links to where people can purchase a paperback or digital copy.

I’d really appreciate whatever help you can give.

E-Store Link: https://authenticentertainment.net/e-store/

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Marketing? Help!

This is more for the other indie authors out there but if anyone else has two cents they’d like to add it’d be great. How are you promoting your books? What are some of the marketing tools you’ve been using to get your name out there? We’ve been struggling the past few months to promote our books, and I gotta tell you, it’s rough. I knew going in it would be a long, rough road, but you hear those success stories floating around the net and in the back of your mind you’re thinking “Yep, that’ll be me!” Not really… Everywhere I’ve looked I’ve been told that social networking is the way to go. I’ve been promoting with Twitter and Facebook but I refuse to just spam for the sake of spamming. We’ve been promoting on Goodreads as well. I actually purchased ads for both books and we’ve gotten a few responses for Clay Colt but I’m just wondering what else we could be doing shy of buying actual ad space on websites, which we can’t afford. I know that once we get into our comic stuff it’ll be a bit easier to promote. Comics are a visual medium, and it’s easier to garner interest when you throw up some panels with pretty art. Promoting books is more difficult because you have to grab people’s attention and get them to actually read, which a lot of times people just don’t have the time to do. Anyway, just thought I’d throw this out there and see what kind of response I might get. I could use any tips you other indie pros might have to offer.

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Ask David Profiles on Our Books

Hey everyone. Ask David (the site with the creepy animated banner) just a did a profile on both You Only Die Twice and Down with the Thickness. Please check them out. If you’ve finished either book and haven’t already, that would be a good time to post a review of your own. We’re working as an indie group, so word of mouth is everything with getting this stuff out there. Right now this is my full time job, and what I bring home is basically what I make in profit on sales. Shawn and Cathy are doing me a huge favor right now by donating their services because, quite frankly, I’m not making enough to pay them anything yet. We’d really like to see this become a “thing” where we can get quality content out to you at affordable prices on a fairly regular basis. Not just novels and short stories, but comics and other fun projects as well. We all really appreciate your support and your help in getting the word out.

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