Reviews for The Colonists

The fourth book in the Skidian Chronicles series; The Colonists is being edited at the moment, so in the lull between getting something back to work on (I’m sure there will be heaps) and starting the the next project I have been plotting a marketing strategy while I enjoy the end of the summer weather […]

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Update – The Colonists

Once again I have been pretty slack in not posting here for a while. Needless to say I have not achieved my stretch  sales targets and will have to review them in light of the current market conditions. As every good salesperson knows the goal posts keep shifting around the field day to day and […]

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Monthly Sales report

In April 2016 after publishing the third novel in the Skidian Chronicles Series, I  set myself a goal of selling a total of three thousand odd copies of the novels in the series by Christmas of 2016. When it became clear I wasn’t going to hit that deadline I extended the target date to March […]

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Free Skid ebook download opportunity-help me become a best selling author for free!

While I have been away on holiday book sales have been slow, actually they were almost non-existent. When we were away, I did little in the way of marketing  and my best performing Amazon add ended. This goes to show that to keep sales ticking over I need to keep chipping away at various forms of promotion, anything is better than nothing. We bumped into a number of people who said they were sci-fi fans and would download the books and post a review. However, I have seen little evidence of this. You know who you are, I hope you are feeling a little guilty if you are reading this blog 🙂

My marketing activities take many forms, including Facebook posts, boosting those posts, Amazon adds, and taking every opportunity to talk about the books. I come across a lot of people who express interest in the books but these don’t often lead to sales and reviews which are essential to drive more sales. There are a few other things I can try, like book readings and the like.

What this boils down to is I am a long way off my target of three thousand sales so I am going to run a few free downloads to see if I can boost the numbers. This is a transaction so can be counted as a sale? Right? If I can sell enough books, she who must be obeyed might let me do this full time.

If you haven’t read any of my books yet, click on the link to get a free Kindle download of Skid, The First Skidian Chronicle from Amazon

In case you need any more encouragement here is one of my favorite reviews.

‘Skid is the first novel in a trilogy of Skidian Chronicles . An imaginative and original plot which sees Bruce, a classic kiwi bloke, along with his three farm dogs, transported to the planet Skid in a distant solar system by the leader of an over-evolved society which has forgotten the value of work. In their quest to find experts who can re-acquaint them with the processes of food production, the Skidians also collect Sue, a young American travel agent. Over time Bruce and Sue learn to make the best of their new environment, vocations and each other, though the results fall short of both the human and Skidian expectations. The story moves as quickly as Sue’s erratic emotions and Bruce’s insights into the Skidian character. With lashings of humour and philosophy Skid is a fun and fascinating read, perhaps wandering in the footsteps of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf, just waiting for a brave American film studio to snap up the film rights and rescue Mr Fenwick from his day job.’

My new special friend. He is a great listener.


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Holiday interlude

The day job and working in the great NZ novel have taken a backseat over the last few weeks as we had a three week holiday visiting the northern hemisphere. Needless to say, despite my best intentions to keep my hand in, I didn’t get much work done on the latest book. Dunno what Bruce […]

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A milestone of sorts

A milestone of sorts this week. Finished the first draft of The Colonist which maybe renamed The Colonists as there is more than one of them. This draft adds up to something just shy of  one hundred and sixty thousand words all told so it is a reasonably lengthy tome.  It will be interesting to […]

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June sales and general update

Normally I have made notes through the month in relation to some topics I can cover in my update but I have been a bit slack this past month. With a bit of  luck I will have some pretty exciting news to report next month which should  give me a big sales boost. Otherwise, apart […]

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May Sales Update

Well another month has come and gone. Another month some new lessons learnt and re-learnt, more wondering how thick I can be in terms of my advertising copy, managed to sell a few more books, and spent some (more) money I should be saving for our trip of a lifetime or a new ute. This […]

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