Thank you all for downloading the FREE eBook copies of Mechanic Leigh.

The book reached the #3, #7, and #11 spots on Amazon’s Kindle Store for selected categories.

No more free downloads but there remains a long way to go to reach the Top 100 Paid (Overall) in Kindle Stores.

When I started some years ago, like most indie authors, my focus was on getting the books published.ย Did not bother with all that marketing “stuff”. I disliked marketing–promoting one’s own books goes against the grain for me–plus there was a ton of new techniques and “stuff” to learn regarding on-line marketing.

About a month ago, I decided to focus on marketing my books. The pundits who had been nudging me must be pleased. Took my usual route to learning new subjects. Broke down the overwhelming giant into easily tackled half-lings.

You probably noticed an uptick in activity.

Grinn Brothers made it to #23, #27, and #99 – and without giving away free downloads.

Brothers Grinn showed promise too at #78, #81, and #331. Again without any free giveaways. The brothers are doing well.

This has been a test run of sorts, and I took many wrong turns. Still very much in beta mode. All this computer stuff. Geez!

Mind you, my grandpa’s generation grew up with carrier pigeons. Until they ate the pigeons. In my generation, it was the postmen, letters, and telegrams. But the dogs in the village gave those poor fellows hell. Next came telex. And you know the rest.

The journey started with a definite plan. A toe in the water. Not freezing. Good. The heaving ocean beckoned. I’ve taken the plunge.

Wish me a stout heart and tireless muscles. And loads of luck.

No pigeons. Just have to learn to love shark ๐Ÿ™‚

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18 comments

  1. Congrats on the stats, Eric, and your humor in this post alone is worthy of many sales in your books. I stopped doing self-promotion of my two books probably too soon. It is a difficult thing to do, so I admire your perseverance.
    As you know, I can’t do e-book right now because I prefer a larger screen to read (getting old), but I’ll peruse your books and will add to my home library. I don’t know why I haven’t already, but I do like to support my blogging buddies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to you in future promoting, too! Happy Thursday, my friend!

    1. Hello Lauren,

      First, you are not old dear. If you were, the rest of us are ancient ๐Ÿ™‚

      There is no compulsion to buy any of my books. That was not the purpose of this or any other post regarding my books. Rather, I view my “book” posts as encouragement to fellow indie authors here.

      If you ever decide to promote your books, drop me a line. I’ll be happy to share some tips with my longtime blogger buddies.

      All good wishes, Lauren, for the forthcoming weekend,
      Eric
      P/s. Yes, it’s already Friday in Singapore.

      1. Thanks, Eric! Aren’t we around the same age? Not sure about that, but yes, I know I’m not old. But sometimes I feel 25 and others, I feel 85! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I do want to support you and your books, even though that wasn’t your purpose. And thanks for offering tips if I’m ever in that mode again. I probably won’t for my current books, but if my third ever gets off the ground, I’ll contact you. And Happy Friday, my friend. I am so ready for it! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Have a great weekend, too!

      2. Hello Lauren,

        I don’t usually reply to replies, as I prefer my visitors to have the last say but thought I’ll make an exception here.

        At 63, I believe I’m older than you. Second, I spotted no less than three typos in my first reply and had to correct them ๐Ÿ™‚ The writer in me ๐Ÿ™‚

        Do let me know when your third book gets off and I’ll be happy to help.

        It’s almost 11.00 pm here and I’m turning in.

        Good night,
        Eric

      3. No worries, Eric, and okay, you are a few years older to my 57 years. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But not by many! And I know how you feel about typos, too. I cringe if I see some of mine and have to fix them right away. Thanks for the offer about my book. I’ll be in touch. Sleep well and sweet dreams.

  2. Mechanic Leigh showed ghost writer he can also be on the top list.
    Grinn Brothers and Brothers Grinn are grinning away with their ratings.
    Well done, Eric. Like it or not, we are in the century where self-promotion is a norm. People seek number of “likes” in u-tube and other social media, as a stepping stone to be recognized by the big boys.

    1. Hello Windy dear,

      Most folks love humour in its various shades. A great stress reliever.

      Even the big boys look for laughs all the way to their banks.

      Have a great week ahead,
      Eric

  3. Marketing and selling oneself and one’s work has become a must-do for traditionally published authors too. And it’s yet another skill to have to learn. I admire your efforts and salute your resolve.

    1. Yes, that’s what I noticed. After all that trouble first landing an agent, and then a publisher, one ends up doing most of the marketing. A social media platform is an imperative for authors.

      But if we join the game, we abide by the norms, I suppose.

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Sarah.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  4. Best wishes on your further unraveling of publication and self-promotion. My son put together posts from my first two years with WordPress and surprised me with a book. I’m no self promoter so few sales. I admire your tackling getting word out about your book.

    1. Hello Ina,

      Thank you for your visit and well wishes.

      This on-line marketing thingy is so very alien and detached. I come from the old school where we meet, greet, and shake hands and…

      We’ll see where this path takes me ๐Ÿ™‚

      Cheers!
      Eric

    1. Thank you, Ian,

      Actually, I could not have done this 10 years ago. I’m getting to be more patient and even laid back with age. LOL.

      Sounds like you, my friend, continue to have fire in your belly. I mean this as a definite compliment. And I envy you.

      I simply love to write. If some publisher takes on my books, I’ll happily hand it to them. And focus on what I love – to write.

      All good wishes for the week ahead,
      Eric

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