My #Marketing Ideas

I have been an independently published author now for nearly four years, and not until 2010 did I really do any kind of promoting/marketing for my novels, mostly because I had no idea where to start. Since about late 2009, there have been all sorts of assorted experts in the field all over the internet who have popped up with a book on the subject, and if you buy their book, they’ll tell you what the secret is to selling thousands, or millions even, of books. I think what works for one author doesn’t necessarily work for another, so if you’re willing to waste $2.99 or $4.99 or $6.99 for … Continue reading

New book review of The Usurper

This is a new review of The Usurper that was done on Manic Readers: MR Review Rating: Reviewer: Amanda Review: The usurper, Gary Jackson, is a hateful soul. His entire life was planned by the Soviet Union before he was even conceived by a volunteer KGB agent. Gary was raised to hate the USA and all of its citizens and ultimately be the man of the countries undoing. In The Usurper, we follow Gary’s mother for a short time but the star in the novel is undeniably Gary. He is trained and educated with the sole purpose of ending the USA during his middle aged years. The Usurper is filled … Continue reading

More reader reviews

Two new reviews for The Usurper, one from Goodreads and the other on B&N: From Goodreads, from Heather, who won a copy of the paperback: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/126805727 This is the first Cliff Ball book I’ve read…and I’d have to say that if he writes another political thriller … I’m in! “The Usurper” is a fast-paced fictional story that has non-fictional elements in it of events that really happened. Cliff makes you think ‘could this really happen?’ He makes it all seem possible…which is a scary thought! This book had lots of twists and turns that kept the reader on the edge of her seat throughout the book. I gave this book … Continue reading

Where all my novels are located

Dear reader, if you’d like to know where you can buy my novels, here is a comprehensive list: Out of Time, originally published through iUniverse in 2008 in paperback, now through Createspace, and a 2nd edition uploaded as e-book this year.  With coupon code ZC6JYHVF get this title for 50% off from Createspace. Paperback: Createspace Amazon- 2nd Edition Amazon UK Barnes and Noble Books a Million Borders Independent Bookstores e-Book locations for $.99 Amazon Kindle UK Kindle Apple iBooks Borders NOOK Sony Reader Smashwords The Usurper, published 2010, through CreateSpace – $5 off with coupon code JKJLG2YW. Review of The Usurper Paperback: Amazon Amazon UK Amazon Canada Barnes and Noble … Continue reading

January’s sales numbers

Here are my sales numbers for the month of January. Thanks to being on Kindle Nation Daily at the beginning of January, I surpassed my goals for the month. I sold 197 copies altogether of my three novels, and I was only expecting to sell maybe 100. Here are the stats from Amazon and B&N: The Usurper, my thriller novel for $2.99 as an ebook, $9.99 as paperback Kindle US: 104 Kindle UK: 4 B&N Nook: 13 Paperback: 1 Out of Time: a time travel novella for $.99 as e-book, $6.99 for paperback Kindle US: 28 Kindle UK: 14 B&N Nook: 4 Paperback: 1 Shattered Earth, a science fiction novel … Continue reading

Reader reviews for The Usurper

Currently, the Usurper has 6 reviews, 5 of which are 4 star on Amazon. Brian says: Cliff weaves an interesting story with enough connections to real happenings in the world today that this book seems to be non-fiction. Just when you think you know where the story line is going Cliff changes up on you. While some things are predictable others are not, which adds to the enjoyment of the book. Some events catch you totally off guard. While it may seem to start slow stick with it, you will not be disappointed. Tracey says: The Usurper is not usually my favourite type of novel but Cliff Ball really surprised … Continue reading

Mentioned on J.A. Konrath’s blog

My novel, The Usurper, was mentioned, along with quite a few other Indie authors, on mega Indie author J.A. Konrath’s blog, here: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/11/with-little-help.html Check out all the novels listed. All these authors would like to have more people read their novels, including myself. I am very appreciative of the fact that Indie authors generally help each other out, and try to get each other recognized. From sharing posts about someone’s work on Facebook or Twitter, to learning from other, more successful indie authors on message boards or through books they have published about how to be a successful independent author. Being an Indie author is challenging, but rewarding, and through … Continue reading

Interview on Kip Poe’s Blog

Interview with Kip Poe’s Blog 1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write? I would have to say that my most productive time of day to write is between 10 am and 3 pm. I don’t know why that is, but, it seems like that is when I’m at my most disciplined and focused. 2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer? I usually start out with pen and paper, because I find it easier to sit with a spiral notebook on my couch just writing out by hand whatever idea I have. When … Continue reading

Announcing Shattered Earth, a science fiction novel

Shattered Earth is my fourth novel. What it’s about: Advanced humans, called Terrans, leave Earth when its threatened by a massive meteor. The remaining humans on Earth fall back into primitiveness. The advanced humans, and a group of aliens, the Ragnor, involve Earth in an interstellar war. Thousands of years later, the humans of Earth decide to do something about this. Interstellar politics will never be the same again once Earth is done with their revenge. These Terrans involve themselves throughout human history. Some play as King Arthur and Merlin. Another is a scientist, whose name is Galileo, and he gets into all sorts of trouble for challenging official orthodoxy … Continue reading

Book review of The Usurper – a political thriller

Here is the newest book review done by Nurture Your Books “A cold-blooded, Clancy-esque political thriller; The Usurper is sure to entertain.” As decades of meticulous scheming and planning finally come together, the KGB, an under-appreciated threat, takes the final steps towards the ultimate coup. The terrorist faction exploits idealistic volunteers to do some of the dirty work and utilizes educated individuals, in positions of power, who are more than willing to die for their belief in ultimate control by the government. When a mixed group of terrorists and extremists spend years training for the eventual downfall of the western world, collateral damage and the loss of life isn’t given … Continue reading

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