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FREE Book Promotion

The Five Day Free Promotion

From October 12 to October 16. For five days, the e-book version of The Supernatural Prodigy is absolutely FREE. It won’t be free again until I publish my next novel. Click here to Download it Now.

That announcement is for Science Fiction, Metaphysics, Spirituality, Visionary readers everywhere.

You Don’t Need a Kindle

Amazon has apps for reading the book right on your computer or phone, iPad and other gadgets.

Why would anyone want to give away their book for five days?

I can think of a lot of reasons. One is to see if the book has any appeal at all. If people won’t download your book when it’s free, then it is obvious it has no appeal. It might be the book cover or the description or it’s listed in the wrong genre. Or, horrors of all horrors, it’s not reaching it’s particular audience. An author needs to “test the waters” and there’s no better way than giving away your book. Another top reason is for the new author. Face it, nobody has heard of you–at least not as an author.

Besides becoming known as an author and finding your audience, there is also the matter of reviews. Reviews are important for a number of reasons. If they’re all good, that’s awesome, but what you really want in a review is a description. When someone describes your book, you find out what they got out of it. It also helps other potential readers decide if that’s the story they want to read that day.

Another advantage is rising on the Amazon charts. If you get up to the top ten or even within the top 100, you appear on a different page of Amazon and increase the visibility for your book.

All this feedback helps you discover your strengths and weaknesses as an author.

An author can also use their reviews to run an email campaign letting their potential reader know what other people thought of the book. It also lends credibility to you as the author.

My Top Reader Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I’ve read in a long time! By bmaryann on September 15, 2017. “I LOVE this book! Amazing Author and talented story teller! The plot Grabs you and makes you want to read more! I could hardly put it down! I Highly recommended this book because of the great entertainment value, amazing characters and in depth educational content that spurs the imagination! Love it!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. By Kaaren on September 29, 2017. Format: Kindle Edition |Verified Purchase “Great book. Always moving forward and held my interest start to finish. I usually have trouble with back and forth timelines but this author has it together with just the right balance. Highly recommend.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey pushing the edge of reality. By Iceophene on October 4, 2017. Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase “In The Supernatural Prodigy, author C. L. Currie skillfully weaves an authentic, modern-day tale of complex relationships wrapped in the potential of science and technology. The science fiction paranormal mystery develops around an unlikely group of high school students brought together by protagonist Tom Patterson and his childhood friend Justin Fischer. Initially created as a study group aptly named the Supernatural Prodigy, its members develop intricate relationships, travel the road to self-discovery, and delve into the realm of supernatural awareness. Together, they test the limits of science, challenge the possibilities of technology, and discover the power and unpredictability of the human mind. Presented in a time-shifting format, author C. L. Currie successfully moves The Supernatural Prodigy between the 1990s and 2015. Both engaging and entertaining, the story is solid, well written, and edited to shine. The Supernatural Prodigy prompts the reader to question societies’ understanding of the mechanics of time, the notion of reality, and the workings of the human psyche. Excellent read.”

Promoting Yourself and Your Works

If you run a five-day free book promotion or a giveaway on Amazon, make sure you’re prepared to tell the world. By that I mean social networks, Facebook ads, emails, YouTube, podcasts, etc. The more people you reach, the more chance you have of reaching the top of your genre category.

My book had been hanging around #1,300 in my category (blush). Within hours of launching my free promotion I saw this:

From #1,300 to #16–That’s quite a jump! And the promotion has just begun.

If you’re a new author, my message to you is don’t despair. Find ways you can afford to let people know what your book is about and discover their interests. Your audience is out there. All you have to do is find them.

One more thing…if you’re a fiction writer, I highly recommend you read “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass? If not, I highly recommend it. I’m wrapping up the last fifty pages today, but I’ll read it again. It’s going to be one of my most read references.

Help others…write what books you’ve read that helped you in the comments below…and keep on writing!

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