I've accomplished two goals I set for myself this year. One, I needed more good book reviews to verify that readers like my work as an author . To accomplish this I chose to give away thousands of my books for free. This generated over twenty positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I really do appreciate this. As an Indie Author it encourages me to continue to write, so thank you.
Two, I am selling more books than before. It is still a small number each month, but it is improving now that I have learned which promotions work best. It is true that one of the best way to sell books for Indie writers is to develop a mailing list. By giving away free books on BookFunnel, I now have a Newsletter List of over 2000 Subscribers. I try not to abuse it.
Finally, my participation in the Writers of SciFi Team made possible by BooksGoSocial has allowed me to find other writers in the same boat as I and share what we have learned together. I am now turning my focus to finding promotions for the Team that help sell more books, not give them away free. As our Team grows and learns, we will be even more successful in 2018.
With that, I wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It's been awhile since I updated this Blog from my website. Usually, I update my Blog on Goodreads, but since they post on the same Amazon Author Central Page, I guess I will update my most recent activities here.
I have built my Sci-Fi Newsletter email list to over 1981 Subscribers on MailChimp since April. This is an amazing achievement since I had less than 95 Subs before then, mostly family and friends. I participated with my Writers of SciFi Team Members for most of these Subscribers, then continued to build the list using free book bundle giveaways. I have given away over 3900 books to do this. I wish more of my books would have been sales, but I lacked the number of Amazon Reviews you need to make headway in this very competitive marketplace now. So I am using free book sites such as BookFunnel and now Instafreebie to build name recognition. It seems to be working and I have received several new book reviews for my latest stories, which I greatly appreciate.
One of my books, The Guardians - Book 1, has been selected to be part of two BundleRabbit Box Sets for sale; More Than Human, and Death Before Defeat. Sales are slow, but picking up. I plan to participate in more Box Sets in the future.
One of my series, The Guardians Series, The Complete Collection, is beginning to take off. Each Book in the Series has received 5 Star Ratings on Goodreads. This Series is only available on Smashwords at 25% off selling price. Each book is available on Amazon.
I have started writing Book 2 in the Nanomachine Wars series. The first book is just starting to generate 5 Star Reviews on Amazon. I am encouraged and hope to follow up with Book 2 with even more Space Opera action.
Keep your eye out for my next BookFunnel Free Bundle Promo called Sci-Fi Book Fest to run November 20 - 30th featuring at least 36 action-packed Sci-Fi stories from some great Indie Authors. Some of my Writers of SciFi Team members are participating in this Promo.
Keep reading Sci-Fi and check out my Sci-Fi Only Book Reviews on Goodreads to find a story I know you will like.
It's been a very busy couple of months in July and August. I have been participating in BookFunnel Free Giveaway Book Bundles that have generated over 1300 email contacts for our Writers of SciFi Newsletters. The Promos have been outstanding and the free books downloaded by readers has helped push my book sales to record numbers. I am still waiting for more book reviews to come in that should help increase sales even more if the reviews are positive. I have already received 5 Star Ratings from Goodread members for all three of my books in The Guardians Series, which I really do appreciate. I believe the Series is one of the most entertaining and exciting Space Operas/MSF on the market today. I am hoping readers like my UTOPIAS Series just as much. My latest novel, Nanomachine War - Book 1, is doing well, but I have not seen any book reviews yet. Keep you eyes open for my next Sci-Fi Space Opera Book Bundle Promo opening September 1 - 10th. For all Writers of SciFi fans, the next Newsletter will be out soon. Please, post those reviews for the stories you like.
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Just released Nanomachine War - Book 1, First Starship Encounter Press Release from PR Underground. The book is available at Amazon, Nook and Smashwords at a reduced price of 99 cents (75% off) for a limited time only. Read the PR at http://www.prunderground.com/author-don-viecelli-releases-nanomachine-war-book-1-first-starship-encounter-2/0097161/
I just published Nanomachine War - Book 1 for Pre-Orders at a special reduced price of 99 cents. This offer will be good until June 26 unless I decide to release sooner. The final selling price will be higher, so order now. This new book is a Military Science Fiction novel set in the near future. Read the description and you will see it is about first contact with aliens and what they bring with them that could destroy all of mankind. I plan to write two more books in the series if all goes well. Let me know if anyone wants a Free ARC copy for writing Reviews before I release the book in June. Contact me by email for a free ARC copy.
Well, my last attempt at finding a Literary Agent for The Guardians Series failed. No interest at all for my MSF Space Opera series. I guess I will just keep promoting it to readers and keep all the royalties for myself.
I write science fiction stories. I hope you like them.