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Wa-hoo! Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem Is on eBookSoda Today!

Here’s the book’s beautiful cover, made more beautiful by the radiant fellow on the horse, Rick Mora. Rick is a famous Native American actor and model, the embodiment of one of Mogollon’s characters. Which one? You’ll have to read Mogollon to find out.

Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem

You can find Mogollon on the US Amazon site or on the UK site. Same thrilling adventure in either place.

What are reviewers saying  about Mogollon?

“Mogollon is a very intense story that follows Will Duane and his employees on a spiritual retreat, unlike any other. This book is equal parts horror, spiritual, romance, and action. From page one, it is non-stop, a page turner that leaves you on the edge of your seat, seeing where it’s going next. It follows not just Will on his journey, but many connections develop as Will and his team begin becoming inseparably linked with several of the Native American warriors and attendees. Nathan does an amazing job depicting the cultural and spiritual aspects of the story in a very respectful way, which as a reader, I really respected. I also just loved her turn of phrase, and many times I just said, “YES!” out loud at the great way she chose to describe something that otherwise could be mundane, or has been described the same way for centuries. Nathan has a voice all her own and it’s powerful.”

From the US listing of Mogollon. Almost all of my reviews are on the US site . . . UK reviewers?

I’ll have more to say later; this is my day in the Big City. Will report my experience of eBookSoda.

Ciao!

Sandy

I Uploaded my New Books and They Were Bestsellers the Next Day!

Wow. I uploaded the three books of the Earth’s End Trilogy on Thursday. When I checked their pages on Friday, they were all in the top 100 books in their categories! I didn’t do anything! What’s happening? If you’d like to venture a guess, links to the books’ Amazon pages are below. I’ve got the ebooks only up at this time, except for The Angel, which also available in print. Feel free to buy and keep the mojo goin’.

The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy

 

The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy  Earth has degenerated to a police state. The United States barely functions. Nuclear Armageddon is on the horizon. Join Eliana, an exquisite dancer  from anther world, and Jeremy, the sixteen-year-old tech geek with the skills to save the planet–if he can save himself.

The Angel kicks off the series, transporting you to a future world that’s disintegrating by the moment.  My husband likes the first chapter of this book more than anything I’ve written. (He likes the rest of my writing, too.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Grace and the War for a New World

 

 

Lady Grace & the War for a New World  OK The world blows up. Everyone knew it would. Untold years after the holocaust, a few survivors gather at Piermont Manor, Jeremy Edgarton’s ancestral home. They long for peace and a new life. What they find is the estate blasted to prehistoric conditions. Worse, the villagers in the underground bomb shelter have mutated into monsters with supernatural powers and superhuman strength. Lady Grace is a homecoming that’s more like a war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Headman & the Assassin

 

 

The Headman & the Assassin If you bring an assassin into your house, what do you expect? Maybe Sam Baahuhd should have thought harder about the girl he carries into the underground shelter just before the bombs go off. He knew what she did for a living: killed people. She was a breaker for the FBI. If she couldn’t break ‘em, she killed ‘em. Not the sort of person to keep in an enclosed space.

Certainly not the sort of person to fall in love with. A romance of a deadly kind erupts and grows in the bomb shelter on Piermont Manor. This is love story that lasts a lifetime, not just until they master the first bump in their relationship. A real romance.

 


 

 

There they are: Kindle versions of the three books. The print versions are . . .  well, they’re at the printers. And we’re working on a grand boxed set eBook that will contain all three volumes. That will come before the end of the year.

WANT A SENSE OF THE BOOKS’ LOOK AND FEEL? NOTHING BEATS A VIDEO:


 

Earth’s End Trilogy – Perhaps More Action, Excitement, Romance, Thrills, and Adventure Than You Can Stand

The Earth’s End Trilogy delivers on its promise––
this is a series you’ll remember far after you turn the last page.

Sandy Nathan, Award-winning Author, and Tecolote

About Sandy Nathan

Author Sandy Nathan writes to amaze and delight, uplift and inspire, as well as thrill and occasionally terrify. She is known for creating unforgettable characters and putting them in do or die situations. She writes in genres ranging from science fiction, fantasy, and visionary fiction to juvenile nonfiction, spirituality and memoir.

Mrs. Nathan’s books have won twenty-four national awards, including multiple awards from oldest, largest, and most prestigious contests for independent publishers. Her books have earned rave reviews from critics and reviewers alike. Sandy lives with her husband on their California ranch. They bred Peruvian Paso horses for almost twenty years. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Is Book Marketing like Snorkeling in a Septic Tank?

Sewage Treatment Plant in England

I have been wrestling with this issue for years. Do I defile myself by immersing my soul (and body) into the odoriferous swamp of  book peddling? Is bookselling the sleazy activity inappropriate for decent people that I think it is? Why is it so off-putting?

Look at my email inbox. As a good, modern Internet marketer, I belong to a multitude of Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter  writers’, readers’, and marketing  groups, as well as subscribing to individuals’ and groups’ blogs. And sites like Pixel of Ink. I get around three or four hundred emails a day. That’s after scrubbing my list of non-essentials. This is what the emails are like, except most aren’t intentionally funny:

I had to share the latest 5 star review from my new book entitled, POOPSIE SPANKS A POODLE: “Wow. This is a really good book. Great character development. You just feel for that poodle! You’re getting to be a better writer, Sandy. I’ll read everything you write!!” Mom

WOO-HOO! I JUST GOT MY 10,000,000th TWITTER FOLLOW! I broke their counter! Next, I’ll take over the world!

“Here’s a foolproof system to sell your book on Amazon. Only requires $99 up front and lifetime celibacy.”  God

“God may promise you a good deal, but I deliver. Want all 5 star reviews? That can be arranged.” Satan

“Hi everyone! Please check out my Facebook  author page and give me a Like. When you’re done with that, could you go to my Amazon author page and Like it, too? And on Google +, there’s a  . . .  And on Twitter . . .  I’m also in a contest. Could you drop by GoodReads and vote? Pretty, pretty please? Plus, it’s my birthday. Could you send a cake?” Mona I’ve-Never-Heard-of-You-in-my-Life

“5 stars! Wow! Was this book hot! My Kindle ignited. Also the house.” My mom (using a pseudonym)

They go on like that, hundreds a day, many from the same person, “Buy my book! Buy my book!” “Me! Me! Me!” “My Book!” “Nothing else matters in the universe, so buy my book.” “Gimme! Gimme!” “He is HOT! She is HOT! Their dog is HOT!” Day after day. Vile communication pitched at . . . whom? Who would buy anything with this type of selling technique? It abosolutely grosses me out. Because of this spewing of egotism, I haven’t promoted my stuff for maybe six months. My sales show it, too. This stream of verbiage must do something, but at what personal cost?

Your better marketing articles say this behavior is marketing suicide. But the emails keep pouring in.

How to market a book? I dunno. I’ve been doing it for years and haven’t a clue. I’ve had friends say, “But your marketing is so good!” Meaning whatever I send out is beautiful and tasteful. But it doesn’t ignite my bottom line the way I want.

This is an example of the tasteful and elegant graphics that have my friends thinking I'm a great marketer. This actually happened: I couldn't get my sale to go away. Even Amazon couldn't help.

The good old days really were the good old days. My first book came out in 2006. Marketing was much easier in those early days. You didn’t have to do much more than have a great cover, a bunch of killer reviews, and a few national awards. Bingo! Selling success.

My first novel, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money, rose to the number 1 position in three categories of Mysticism and cruised around the 1,500 level in the Kindle store for a year. I did no promoting and didn’t think there was anything unusual about the book’s performance. Hah! I wish I’d known how to take screenshots then so I’d have a record of those fabulous numbers.

Now, it’s not so easy. The problem is the number of books coming out. How does an excellent, well-edited book, with a killer cover and award-winning author get noticed? Seems like it should be automatic, but it isn’t.

I’ve read three books recently that offer a defense against the tsunami of eBooks flooding Amazon. I recommend them heartily. They are:

After reading these books, I felt hope that I could get this marketing thing down. I had a definite direction. In Let’s Get Visible, Gaughran talks about Amazon algorithms and how to use them to your benefit. Reading this was like finding the Holy Grail. Both of his books above are worth memorizing.

Joanna Penn handles the “marketing is sleazy and degrading” issue and shows you how to approach the activity in a civilized fashion. Joanna says she’s introverted. (I doubt she could be as introverted as me.) But she’s accomplished great things including writing careers in fiction and nonfiction, blogging, and international speaking.

My initial reaction to the three books was relief and joy at having found concrete advice and a path to follow. By the time I got to the end of each, I was more like, “Whoa. This is a lot. This means serious work . . .” When I knew what success required, I felt awed and depressed.

But the feelings didn’t last. I have a pressing need to know and practice the stuff in those books. I’m reintroducing my Earth’s End science fiction series with new covers that actually show what the books are about. They look like a design professional did them, rather than displaying my third grade art. A good stiff jolt of compulsive work is just what I need.

Aaron Shepard's POD for Profit

The second-from-last thing I’m going to share with you in this post is something from Aaron Shepard’s Blog. Aaron has written valuable books for self publishers. POD for Profit is a seminal book about using CreateSpace and  Lightning Source. Aaron has written more books for self-pubbers, as well as children’s books. Here’s  Aaron Shepard’s Author Page on Amazon.  His Blog is also a find. That’s where I found the following. In response to the current print book market, Aaron writes:

“In terms of print publishing, though, the first rule is: When your book is ready, get it out. You don’t need the exactly right strategy to start. Do what looks good, and if you then find a better way, change later. There will always be new potential readers who might look for a book like yours. But if you wait to publish, you’ll lose the readers who are looking right now.”

The key factor being: When your book is ready, get it out. I’d been dawdling waiting for the perfect launch time for my sci-fi print books. This knocked me out of that.

Scott Kalechstein Grace - Your Shelf Life's Troubadour and Ambassador of Mirth

With that, I’ll introduce Your Shelf Life’s troubadour. (Don’t you think all blogs should have one?) Scott Kalechstein Grace has been someone I’ve admired since a friend came back from one of his workshops and gave me on of his CDs. This guy is FUNNY. Seriously funny. I started laughing just holding the CD. He sings about dealing with addictions. (Are you a book success addict, dear  reader? I am.) Scott’s mission is helping you find and live the life of your dreams. Or, if you can’t mange that, at least having a life you can stand. Click below and take a listen. Thanks to YouTube, I’ve got a singing blog!

Just a Codependent Love Song is my all time favorite. Click and he’ll sing it to you. Here’s the warning on his web site! That’s funny. Look at Scott’s client list: He’s sung or given talks at workshops of: Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barbara DeAngelis, and . . .  Wally “Famous” Amos. Go Famous Amos cookies! Plus even more luminaries. Scott has credentials as impressive as David Gaughran and Joanna Penn. And he can sing.

Scott's written a book, too.

Here’s Scott’s liberating poem “Oh, Dear, the End Times Are Here! The End of Fear!”

And finally, I’m leaving you book marketers with something priceless: Scott Kalecstein Grace will give  you a free half-hour Life Coaching Session. All you have to do is ask. Click for more info.

Since I’ve been in this book business, I’ve thought I should have my head examined many times. I’m going to take Scott up on his offer as a spiritual kick butt to get going with my sci-fi launch. You can take advantage of Scott’s offer, too.  And listen, how many blogs offer free counseling? Who’s your mama?

Sandy Nathan

 

Earth’s End Trilogy – Perhaps More Action, Excitement, Romance, Thrills, and Adventure Than You Can Stand


The Earth’s End Trilogy delivers on its promise––this is a series you’ll remember long after you turn the last page

  • In The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy, join an exquisite dancer who’s from another world, and Jeremy, the sixteen year old tech geek with the skills to save the planet––if he can save himself.
  • Lady Grace & the War for a New World is just that, how the survivors of nuclear Armageddon fight hideously mutated monsters and learn to survive in their New World. Nuclear war has blasted them back to the stone age.
  • The Headman & the Assassin is a love story for the ages, taking place in a bomb shelter 300′ beneath the surface of the earth. Radiation seals the people  of the village in the shelter forever. A love for the ages blossoms improbably in the worst place of all.

Earth’s End consists of three print and eBooks and a “boxed set” containing all the eBooks.

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