I am trying my first significant advertising promotion today using Bargain Booksy. The ad for Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton is being emailed to approximately 107,000 members of Bargain Booksy, who have registered their interest in paranormal fantasy. The ad is also being displayed on their homepage and their fantasy page. Being my first purchased advertising campaign, I am naturally very interested in seeing how well it does. I only need about 40 sales to break even on the costs.
The Online Book Club uses its own four star rating scale: “Books are rated on a 1 to 4 scale (1 = bad, 2 = fair, 3 = good, 4 = excellent).” They just gave Hell Holes 2: What Lurks Below an official review of 4 stars (Excellent). The book is featured today (number 2 on the list) on their book reviews webpage. You can read the entire review here.
Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton was also featured today on the Paranormal Fantasy book tour associated with Brain to Books’ Indie Author Day on The Third Throne.
I am pleased to announce that Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton (Released June 1st) was hosted on the 2016 Brain to Books Science Fiction Book Tour today as part of the 2016 Indie Author Pride Day: on Right the Writer.
I had a great morning working on the last chapter of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. The first draft of the first 12 pages are now done and I have the rest of the chapter all blocked out. Another couple of weeks and I will definitely have it done. I’m starting to look for about twenty beta readers. Let me know if you’re interested. I’ve advertised on a couple of Facebook groups and will do the same on LinkedIn. It’s good to see it progressing after a couple of weeks of writer’s block.
The last week has been very bad from a writer’s block standpoint, at least as far as Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton is concerned. I especially hate it because I am so close to completing the book that I can taste it. But it hasn’t been a complete bust. I did do some research on the book. I also finished the short story “We Service All” as well as some work on this website. Anyway, the last chapter takes place at Eielson Air Force Base about 20 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. So instead of writing, I spent one evening using Google to see what I could find out about the base that might be useful background for the book. As usual, Google Maps was useful. While the base’s official website wasn’t very helpful, I did get the email address of their Public Affairs Office and sent them an email requesting a little help. Surprisingly, the best source I found on the the Air Force Base was actually a Russian site. Ironic.
The good news is that I just finished the draft of the next-to-last chapter of my book, Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. It took much longer than planned due to foreign travel (Mexico City) and picking up a intestinal bug there that has had me off my game for nearly two weeks. I look forward to finishing the last chapter, doing another self edit, and then sending it off to my beta readers.
The week before last, I was in Mexico City speaking at a software engineering conference. Unfortunately, I picked up a nasty intestinal bug which has hung on through last week. This is thus the first time in two full weeks that I’ve been able to write anything. While it’s great to be working on my second Hell Hole book, the progress is slow. Hard to concentrate on the story and what I’m writing when I’m feeling crappy. Hopefully, some of the new stuff will be good enough to keep.