Cancelling Amazon exclusivity of books…

March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……as soon as my arrangements through Kindle Direct Publishing reach their 90-day agreement deadline, I am going to be uploading my books to Smashwords — again.  Shortly after uploading to both Amazon and Smashwords, I saw Amazon’s KDP offer for their Prime program/Owners Lending Library, where for each borrowed novel you recieved a percentage of the total borrows sales.  I now feel that being able to attract readers from platforms other than the Kindle is far more advantageous than limiting my audience to Kindle users (Smashwords uses and distributes to far more formats — readable by Kobo, etc).

Some of the books currently available on Amazon will not reach their 90-day exclusivity until the end of May.  Others have already “expired” and I did not “roll-them-over” for another period/term.

Anotherwords, some of my previously Kindle-only works are going to be appearing on Smashwords shortly.

Also, I have a number of titles that i am going to be issuing as Second Editions and re-releasing in the next few months, as well as some brand-new never-before seen titles that are slowly typing themselves into existence…

I am going to try to release at least 1 title ever 1 – 2 months.

I am no longer going to be making my titles KDP exclusive.  I want to reach a broader audience, and even though Amazon’s market is far larger than Smashwords (at least their reach seems to be wider), Smashwords will make for greater accessibility of my work (which is what I am striving for).

My apologies to any readers I may have alienated for my choices in the past, and to Kindle Prime readers who likely will no longer be able to get my novels for $0.00 after the 90-day terms end.

Thank you for your time.

I look forward to giving you hours of entertainment in the near future!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur and Apologetic Fumbling Self-Published-Self-Promoted-Self-Marketed Author

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Free eBook Promotion!

December 23, 2011 at 3:49 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

I’ve extended my free eBook promotion from Dec 25 – Dec 27.

That means Her Man, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue, Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil, and the Deal will all be free of charge from 0000 Pacific Time December 25 to 2359 Pacific Time December 27.

Tell your friends!

And enjoy, my gift to you!

Amanda M. Holt

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99 cent eBooks to attract readers….

December 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I have reset the price of my eBooks ata Amazon.com to $0.99 USD.

This is so that my titles will be more marketable – maybe i can gain more a readership this way?

That is my hope.

It was a questions of smaller numbers of sales with larger royalties or larger numbers of sales with smaller royalties, and STILL trying to build up a readership for my Shades of Grey series of books.

Plus, at $0.99, I think it will attract a lot more readers willing to give me “Uknoan Author” a try.

Here’s to trying!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, part time writer, unknown author….aspiring to become a household horror icon

p.s. – do a search on Amanada M Holt at Amazon.com Dec 25 & 26 to download my free ebooks! 5 titles available for $0.00!!!

 

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Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

Book Two in the Shades of Grey Series

When Crystal Grey, a teenager with dark secrets, disappears from her Vancouver home, her family is tormented by questions:

Where has Crystal gone?
Why hasn’t she returned?
Who is she with?
What is she doing?
Why did she leave?
When is she coming back?

Involved in the drug trade and running with a fast crowd, Crystal is now being exploited by some very sinister people – facts that the Vancouver Police Department are reluctant to reveal to her family.

Her sister, Eve, refuses to sit idly by and watch her sister become some kind of statistic. However, the strain of the situation is taking its toll…

You see, Eve has a few dark secrets of her own.

Secrets from the past, secrets born of madness and violence that whisper seductively to Eve in waking and in dream, calling her to action, calling her to punish the people who have hurt her baby sister, who are using her for their own criminal gain.

These nightmarish voices, thought to have been silenced by a team of mental health professionals years before, seem as though they are back and more vicious than ever before.

Will Eve give in to their siren song and take justice into her own hands? Even if it’s at the cost of her very sanity?

This anger inside of her is so wrathful, so unnatural, so all-consuming, so…hungry.

Sometimes, she just doesn’t feel like herself…

….sometimes, it’s as if she doesn’t feel human at all…

Look for Book Three ~ Shades of Grey: See No Evil in January/February of 2012

The Shades of Grey Series:

Shades of Grey: Prologue (November 2011)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (December 2011)
Shades of Grey: See No Evil (January/February 2012)
Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil (February/March 2012)
Shades of Grey: Epilogue (March/April 2012)

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1017 FREE copies downloaded in 12 hours!

December 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…..there were 1017 copies of my Contemporary Romance novel HER MAN downloaded in the last twelve hours!!! That’s nearly 100 copies an hour! And it’s not just amazon.com! It’s amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, amazon.es and amazon.it !!! So exciting! I won’t make a dime off of these free copies, but the free advertisement and promotion is worth its weight in gold!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

To download the book FREE (FREE until tomorrow): search for Amanda M. Holt at amazon.com or visit:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K0LCO2

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One more day to get your FREE copy of Her Man!

December 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

‎So…

…….if you’ve been following my posts then you know that I have signed up for Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program, where I have posted my book for FREE for two days using their Promotion Manager Tool.

Just now, the counter rolled over again: 506 units of my FREE for 2 DAYS Kindle book promotion have moved in the last ten hours and there’s still one more day to get YOUR free copy of my contemporary romance novel HER MAN for FREE from Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Her-Man-ebook/dp/B006K0LCO2/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1323593582&sr=8-12

www.amazon.com

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Shades of Grey: Prologue released on Kindle and Smashwords.com…Charity Selected

December 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….this week I formatted and uploaded Shades of Grey: Prologue to Kindle Direct Publishing and smashwords.com.  It was accepted for publication at both places and is now retailing at $2.99 USD.

For every sale I make from Shades of Grey: Prologue I am donating $0.07 CAN to Child Find Manitoba, a charity that provides support, intervention, and education for families with missing child(ren).

Coming soon (in say…the week it will take me to finish editing it, if all goes well):

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (Book Two in the Series), which carries readers further into the story of the disappearance of Crystal (the teenaged member of the Grey family) and the effect that it seems to have on the mental health of her older sister (Eve). Eve’s humanity is also in question. The voices that she hears, are they the symptom of the psychiatric illness of her past, thought to have been succesfully treated by a team of medical professionals – or are the voices something far more sinister?  Something vengeful? Something…hungry?

This novel, intended to retail for $3.99 USD will result in a donation of $0.25 CAN to Children of the Street Society (British Columbia, Canada), a charity whose work I really admire.

(Taken pseudo quote from their website) the mission of Children of the Street Society is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth, while offering support to families.

Their vision is a world where children and youth are safe and free from all forms of sexual exploitation.

Children of the Street Society takes a collaborative and comprehensive approach to preventing the sexual exploitation of children and youth. They know that investing in preventative measures means a decrease in the need for intervention and enforcement services, and is cost-effective over the long-term. They offer a variety of preventative programs which engage a diverse range of individuals and groups. Their primary prevention tool is education and awareness workshops – they facilitate over 500 workshops, in approximately 30 B.C. communities, with more than 25,000 participants annually.

For more information on their services, you can visit their website at http://www.childrenofthestreet.com 

It is my intention to donate a portion of all of the proceeds of my novels sold through self-publishing to charities that strike a chord within me.

Since my Shades of Grey Series follows the devastating effects of child prostitution on a Canadian family, I felt that it is entirely appropriate to donate the proceeds of Book Two to Children of the Street.

I have yet to select a charity for Book Three (See No Evil) and Book Four (Speak No Evil), but I am kicking around some ideas.

As for my donation strategy, if you have any suggestions for non-profit charities that wouldn’t turn away a well-meant donation, that serve youth and women who are at risk, high-risk, street-involved or needing support through mental health issues, please let me know. I am open to reviewing the mandate/mission/vision of charities outside of my immediate scope/awareness.

Thank you for supporting my work and my ambitions!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Full Time Nurse, Part Time Philanthropist, Aspiring Household Horror Icon

You can preview the first book in the Shades of Grey Series at either:

Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/108194/1/shades-of-grey-prologue

or, Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Shades-of-Grey-Prologue-ebook/dp/B006ECW86W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1322922938&sr=1-1

Thank you for your interest!

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