Novel Sales For the Year So Far

Now that June is over with and it's half-way through the year, I'd like to share my sales stats for the year so far. I post this twice a year, and most of the promotion I do is through Facebook or Twitter (since I have a very small budget). Since the beginning of the year though, I've joined up with other Christian indie authors at sites like Crossreads to promote our books through Twitter, Blog Hops, and $.99 cent sales, and I think it helps tremendously. If I had a lot of disposable income, it would be interesting to see how well I'd do if I could afford Bookbub, Kindle … Continue reading

Potential novels, sequels, & other scribblings

When I started writing and publishing my works, I never thought I would publish more than maybe two novels. Well, now I’m up to eight novels, and setting to write my ninth. My goal this year was to write and publish at least two novels, and I did that, with three. I also thought I’d never write sequels or a series of novels in the same universe, but I have. I’m sure some wonder if I’m going to have any sequels to some of my older novels, and I’ve been asked, but right now, I don’t know. Here’s an update on my current novels and future works. Out of Time … Continue reading

Interview on the Indie Book Spot

An Interview I had with the Indie Book Spot Cliff Ball, author of books such as The Usurper and Times of Trouble, talks about his approach to writing, his influences, and his plans for the future. Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently? I write because it’s something that I feel like I need to do. I have lots of ideas that come to me, especially when I try to sleep, so I have to write whatever comes to me down before I forget it. I’ve been writing since I was 10 years … Continue reading

New Frontier, new novel coming in early 2012

I’m currently working on the last couple of chapters of my new speculative fiction novel, which I call New Frontier. I’m expecting to be done sometime between the end of December to the end of January, barring unforseen circumstances of course. The story originally started off with a prologue with the whole speech given by President Kennedy at Rice University in 1962 about all of our technological advances and how we’ve managed to come so far in such a short amount of time. I decided to cut that down, to the one paragraph everyone remembers him saying, which is: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go … Continue reading

Sales Experiment for October

For October, I decided to make two of my novels go free on Amazon(only in the US) just to see what would happen, by making them free on Smashwords, which made them free on Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc. I also had them distributed to B&N, but I don’t have any sale/download figures for anything yet except for Amazon, Smashwords itself, and my novels that I’ve published through Pubit on B&N. Amazon US Out of Time – 25 actual sales, 1780 free downloads Don’t Mess With Earth – 8 Shattered Earth – 71 actual sales, 6,217 free downloads The Usurper – 41 Voyager and the Aliens – 2 Amazon UK Out … 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

The Usurper on The Kindle Nation Daily

For the start of the 2011 New Year, my novel, The Usurper, is the sponsored novel on The Kindle Nation Daily. Kindle Nation Free Book Alert: Tom Clancy meets The Manchurian Candidate in Cliff Ball’s “The Usurper” (Today’s Sponsor) http://bit.ly/e6Gzkc If you don’t have a Kindle, The Usurper can be found on Nook, Apple, Sony Ever wonder what would happen if our worst fears were realized and we elected someone who was willing to destroy the USA, even if he was destroyed himself? The Usurper is that novel. It is a fictional account of what would happen if the Soviet Union and KGB were given the chance to take down … Continue reading

Featured on Excuse Me, Miss blog

I am featured on the Excuse Me Miss website, and it has a scene from the novel, The Usurper. I have a bunch of scenes I could’ve used, but I went with this one: Scene: The one aircraft that everyone was searching for was still in the air, and flying over Pennsylvania. Some of the passengers called their relatives from the jetliner, while the hijackers were still trying to turn Flight 93 around, so that the hijackers could fly into either the Capital, or the White House, the passengers on board were doing their best to take back the airplane with the help of the remaining flight crew. One of … 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