The Eyes of the Setting Sun is the debut novel for Christian Madsen. Set not too far in the future, it’s about a synthetic being who is carrying out a plot to end her slavery.
You can find out more at the book’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spearcarrier/the-eyes-of-the-setting-sun
I know a lot of you authors out there are always on the lookout for ways to market your books. At least, I hope you’re always on the lookout.
One of the best ways to market your book is to get honest reviews from your readers. The more reviews you get, the better your chances with your book. There are a lot of ways to get these reviews: beg, borrow, hold a sign on street corners, etc. Enter Storycartel.
Storycartel is an online service in which you pay money for them to list your book for free. They list it for about a month, give or take, and their members will download your book to read for free. In exchange for this free download, they will review your book at Amazon.
I thought what the heck. I have two clients who could use the reviews, so I paid good money for the service and waited. A couple of dozen people downloaded the books. Not a single review has been placed. Not one.
Curious, I decided to research up other people’s Storycartel experiences. I found one, only one, in which the author said they *guessed* it was worth the money they were paid because they got one single review. In my opinion, for the amount of money Storycartel takes from your wallet, that’s not really a success.
Still, I had some points left with them – enough for two more books. I thought I would try one more time. This time I listed my old book. Black Wolf Silver Fox, just to see what would happen.
No one is downloading it. No one is interested.
So on this end, if you’re looking for something to help you boost your book I can’t recommend Storycartel. It should be noted that if you don’t get any reviews, they say to tell them and they’ll refund you. I’ve told them twice in two surveys – which probably doesn’t count – and am thinking I won’t be spending any more money on them. There has to be other ways to get people to review your book in exchange for the free gift. Or to at least consider it.
I know that a lot of you follow this blog for the pretty pictures – and there are a lot of you that follow this blog for news on up and coming book releases. (Which is awesome. I never thought this blog would have the amount of followers it has.)
So here’s something about an audiobook in production, in case any of you are interested in that sort of thing. Enjoy!
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Shorty Martin found an alien machine on his Iowa farm by accident. He excavated it and discovered that it powered up at noon. He walked up the transparent corridor and stepped out on the sphere and disappeared from Earth.
He was transported to another planet. An old witch woman named Bitina tries to kill him. He learns her language through her magic and becomes her lover. A squad of army rangers follows Shorty to the planet. Only Dan survives. The planet was invaded ten thousand years ago by humanoids who live forever. These creatures breed human beings for food. Using Bitina’s magic, Shorty and Dan plan to put an end to the genocide.