BookPileIn February 2016, I ran a week-long promotion with Bookbub. For those unfamiliar with the name, it's a service that emails readers informing them of free or heavily discounted books. It is reckoned to be the best promotional service for a book, guaranteed to reach tens or hundreds of thousands of readers interested specifically in a genre – in my case, Fantasy.

Bookbub US is notoriously difficult to get accepted into. They are very picky to guarantee their readers get the best deals. It's not uncommon to be rejected several times before getting a slot. But this time, I opted for Bookbub non-US. Easier to get into, but smaller audiences.

I paid $140 to get Necromancer mailed to readers in the UK, Canada and India. The $3.99 ebook would be discounted to 99c, a total steal. The discount would be available for 7 days on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Nook and Google Play. Bookbub predicted I would sell 410 books.

Let's see how I did…

Here's the very typical sales graph (From Amazon), where one sees a huge spike day 1 when all those readers open their Bookbub emails. The sales taper off as the week goes on.


To put this into perspective, currently, 18 months after this books' launch, I am selling about 1 copy/day on Amazon. That first day I sold 231! I was still selling about 16-20 per day at the end of the week.

In total, across all retailers, I sold 529 books. In a week. Now, Stephen King probably sells this many of a single book per day, or even per hour, but this is a big number for me.

Let's see how this breaks down…



So what did I make? Total Earnings: $217. This gave me a profit of $77, but the goal of the promotion was to get my book into the hands of more readers, especially outside of the US. More readers means more potential fans, more reviews, more word-of-mouth sales, etc. Making a profit on the promotion is simply good business sense.

For any authors out there wondering about Bookbub, I think my results speak for themselves.



Grab a book for your friends – limited time

Hello everyone,

Are your friends looking for a new fantasy read? Just until March 15th, Necromancer is on sale for only 99c (reduced from $3.99). This is Kindle only, but available on US and international Amazon stores. Just click the image. Let your friends know. :)



Guest Posts

Hello everyone. My 2nd Necromancer tour is over and during it I did a few guest posts. Here they are, in case any take your fancy. And, by the way, thank you all for your support of Necromancer – it continues to sell well daily.

If anyone is interested in doing a guest post on my own blog here, just email me your idea at graemeing@gmail.com. Thanks.

Have a great weekend!


Necromancer on tour!

Necromancer is on tour between Sept 8th and Sept 22nd. Every weekday you can visit a new blog host where you will get to read excerpts from the book, interviews, guest posts by me, reviews and who knows what. Book bloggers are great people, so please visit and say hello. They are a great way to learn about new books.

There will be a giveaway to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card too. You can enter below (once the tour starts on Sept 8th) but you get more chances by visiting the blog hosts and leaving comments.

Click on the tour banner below to get a list of where Necromancer will appear each day. (Scroll down to the Master Schedule)


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Necromancer – out now


It’s out! Today! **silly dance** Find it on all ebook formats and paperback. Click on the image to go straight to Amazon, or here to see links to other retailers.

I had a lot of fun writing this book and I really hope you enjoy it. If you do, please leave a review, and if you don’t, why not drop me an email or catch me on social media and let me know what went wrong? I take feedback well. I don’t bite. :)

Please tell any of your friends you think might be interested. If you want to do a more detailed post on your own site, that would be fantastic! Let me know and I can send you my mediakit. If you are a review blogger, contact me and I’ll happily give you a free ebook copy in return for an honest review. No obligations.

Can only evil defeat evil? Read and find out. :)

Thanks for your support everyone.



Necromancer: Cover Reveal

Release Date: August 23rd, 2014 !



A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city’s leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

Available August 23rd in paperback and all ebook formats. Please share this information with your friends and by all means use the cover graphic and blurb above in your own posts. That would be great! If you are interested in helping promote the release after the 23rd, please email me and I can send you my mediakit. Thanks again!



Looking for beta readers

Hello everyone, and especially to all the people who have recently subscribed to my blog. :) Welcome aboard! You might also want to subscribe to my newsletter which comes out every few months. It’s a great way to keep up to date with what I’m working on, as well as the odd freebie.

In about a month I’m going to need about 6 beta readers for my latest fantasy book, Necromancer. If you’re interested please contact me. If you’ve been a beta reader before then that’s great, but no matter if not. As long as you enjoy fantasy. I don’t expect you to be an editor or proofread it, just an honest read in 4 weeks or so and your notes on what worked and what didn’t, what you liked or hated, what confused you, etc. In return you’ll get an acknowledgment in the book and a free ebook copy.

Here’s the book blurb (not fully polished, but it gives you an idea):

Yes, I’m a necromancer. Go on, hate me, everyone else does. Blame me for the creature from your darkest nightmares that burns your city to the ground. The truth is your leaders will not help you. The soldiers and Magi you beg to defend you have turned their backs. The task of saving your ungrateful lives falls to me and my new apprentice. She has more guts than the lot of you.

Don’t bother yourselves as I flee a secret society out to kill me. So too are the very skeletons, wraiths and ghouls that I protect you from every day. Don’t feel guilty. But do be scared, because the only way I can destroy that fire creature is to seek help from the most cursed and horrific ghosts known to man.

Yes, black is white and vice versa. The alternative is red – fire and blood.

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