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The Marketing Conundrum

If it Defies Father Time, it Passed the Test

There I was, with my morning off from the Dreaded Day Job (DDJ), pacing one end of the library to the other, staring at the floor, arms crossed.

 
How do I reach a max audience for Northern Knights, my first book in the Lord of Columbia Series?

 
Here’s a brief list:

 
1. Social Media? Check.

 
2. Amazon Author Central? Check.

 
3. Triberr, Pinterest, Blog? Check.

 
4. Engaging my audience? Check.

 
5. Building Email List? Check.

 

Early Results?

For a new author with zero reviews and zero credentials as recent as last month:
Fair.

 
120 sales.

 
Nowhere near enough to make a living off this, but a good start. I even snagged a review and a second one on Goodreads.

 
Good early returns, too.

 
Feedback from those who’ve read it and don’t even read in the genre?

 
Excellent.

 
Fantastic.

 
But, to make things take off to the point I can flip the double bird on the DDJ and walk out while firing my boss?

 
120 sales and KENP Page Reads won’t do the trick.

 

My New Hope

Ah, living the life of a millennial. How do we advertise?

 
Social media, of course!

 
Because when we’re social media famous, we’re famous these days, right? Just post a picture or update milestone and the Likes pour in!

 
Fantastic, if you want to pump up your ego.

 
And how many times have I read articles where Facebook and Twitter ads are, well, ineffective?

 
99% of the time.

 
Yet, the new hope, the answer to the marketing conundrum, is in front of me.

 
No, it’s not my laptop or phone screen.

 
Far from it.

 
No, this is an ancient, ancient tactic.

 
We’re going back in time, because there’s one single tactic that people continually believe to be obsolete, but see, I base my views off numbers and facts and if there’s one fact that can’t be denied and it’s one main, overlooked tactic that a stupid millennial like myself overlooked.

 
Why?

 
Because we have it drilled in our heads if it’s not online, it’s 65 million years old.
I’m talking, of course, about newspaper advertising, and the newspaper is more popular than ever.

 

But, the ancient ways defy father time for a reason: They work!

 

Defies Father Time

Whoa, Todd, the newspaper?

 
Isn’t that like, what old people read?

 
Once again, it’s stronger than ever, because the internet, instead of killing it, empowered it. In fact, newspapers these days are more popular than ever before because they’ve gone digital.

 
Know how much local news the Intelligencer gets in my local area?

 
Mid-five-figures’ readership per day (there’s no major metro area within forty miles).

 
Six-figures’ readership online per month.

 
How do those older and wiser than our young selves make money?

 
No one’s exploiting anyone, it’s because we don’t know how to reach others.

 
We think we’ll post a buy-link to all our social media accounts and let our hundreds or few-thousands of followers click the link and buy, buy, and buy!

 
Then, when we post enough links, the opposite happens.

 

We lose followers!

 
Thank goodness I read about this mistake before I made it, because I assure you I would’ve.

 

Social Media Advertising

Why do people post endless links to social media?

 
It’s free.

 
And again, people will press the like button and you might get a share or two, but how many people have bought my stuff via social media links?

 
I can count on one hand.

 
I have 7,000+ followers on all my networks combined (I started this platform thing back in February).

 
How many clicked the link or expanded the details?

 
Forty!

 
How many bought?

 
I’d be lucky if one bought.

 
So, how often do I post a buy-link to social media?

 
Once a month, if that.

 
If I have a new book out.

 
If I have a discount or free promotion going on.

 
And that’s it.

 

Word of Mouth

On the contrary, word of mouth has garnered me at least five sales to all five people who I told in person.

 
So, on Twitter, I’m one for forty.

 
On good, old-fashioned word of mouth advertisement, I’m five for five.

 
Doesn’t take a genius to answer which technique is better.

 

Back to Newspapers

So, is my marketing conundrum solved?

 
Doubt it.

 
However, do I think people will buy my book in droves?

 
I do, because I have two areas to target.

 
See, Northern Knights’ setting is derived from the local Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania Tri-State Area.

 
Naturally, I’m targeting this area, because if there’s one thing I know, people around here love reading books and other works that are set or the setting is inspired by the local area.

 
Now, there’s an underlying allegory within this work.

 
Cleveland Browns fans, I’m talking to you because this Browns fan is giving you all hope.

 
A lot of hope.

 
Because yes, I’m targeting the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

 
How many readers does The Plain Dealer and its site, Cleveland.com garner per day?

 
237,000+ daily readers daily.

 
7,000,000 readers monthly.

 
84,000,000 readers yearly.

 
Imagine if one in one-thousand bought Northern Knights?

 
237 new buyers per day.

 

But, I’m realistic.

 
What about one in ten-thousand?

 
23 new readers per day.

 
Feeling pessimistic? One in one-hundred-thousand?

 
2.37 new readers per day.

 
Even at 2.37 new readers per day, we’re looking at 71 per month.

 
852 per year.

 
Not enough to quit a day job, but even then, it’s still a profit from a $90 monthly ad.

 
Beats paid book promotion with the exception of Book Bub.

 

Speaking of Book Bub

I’ve heard it’s hard to get in, right?

 
The bright side?

 
The more readers, more reviews. Book Bub loves reviews, especially four and five stars.

 
The higher your Author Rank, the more Book Bub takes notice.

 
Enter a few book contests and if you placed well, Book Bub loves it.

 
Authors complain about never getting into Book Bub.

 
Look, Book Bub has a section on its site that TELLS you how to get accepted by them!

 
And guess what?

 
That’s another 7,000,000 people for a single ad.

 
Sure, it costs to earn, but as the old saying goes in the Greater Pittsburgh Area: You spend Nutting, you get Nutting.

 
And that’s why the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t won a playoff series since 1979.

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Influences Behind Fighting Tyranny

Unlikely Friends. False Flag. A Race Against Time

Two friends from entirely different social classes team up in this one, to take on the tyrannical Tamurian Monarchy.

Care for a description? Check this out:

Unlikely Friendship. False Flag. A Race Against Time.

Neo Skyehawk and his best friend Seneca LaSalle couldn’t have come from more different backgrounds. While Neo was raised as an Heir to the Crown in Ddraigoch, Seneca hails from the most despised political class in the oppressive land of Tamuria.

 
Now living with Neo’s royal family, Seneca reiterates to Neo her single condition to remain in Ddraigoch: To rescue her parents from Tamuria’s clutches.

 
Upon sneaking into Tamuria, the duo discover Ddraigoch traders are held captive by the Tamurians, falsely accused of spying and are subsequently executed. After further observation, they find the Tamurians are leveraging accusations as a false flag to launch a sneak attack on Ddraigoch.

 
Fighting Tyranny is the first book in the Neo Skyehawk series. If you like sword and sorcery, short action thrillers, unlikely friendships, and fantasy, Fighting Tyranny is for you.

 
Join Neo and Seneca on their adventures today.

 
As mentioned above, Fighting Tyranny is Book One in my Neo Skyehawk Series, a novella series which acts as a prequel series to Lord of Columbia. I initially created Neo Skyehawk’s story to be a standalone e-book as a gift to those who join my email list, entitled ‘The Eurean Kingdom’. Upon completing the work, I loved it so much I decided to create a second one, well, the first in the series itself, Fighting Tyranny, available for free on Kobo, Nook, Scribd, Playster, and other e-book outlets, soon to be available on Amazon and iBooks.

 

Influences Behind Fighting Tyranny

Like Lord of Columbia, Fighting Tyranny contains an anti-imperialistic background. As mentioned above, two friends from different social classes team up to take on a corrupt Monarchy threatening military intervention to expand its imperial fist.

 
Also like Lord of Columbia’s first book, Northern Knights, Fighting Tyranny is action-packed, dialogue-heavy, and much of the magical systems seen in Northern Knights are also present. Characters Northern Knights mentions in passing are central to Fighting Tyranny’s plot, linking the two series’ together.

 
My main purpose behind Fighting Tyranny is to continue to spread my belief of non-intervention, and that the only defense any nation must utilize should be to protect its own borders from within. It reinforces the idea that all nations in a conquest for empire ultimately fail in such a conquest, the American Empire being no different.

 

Ron Paul’s What If Speech

One of my favorite speeches of all-time rang through my mind when creating Fighting Tyranny. Questions like ‘What if war is a racket,’ ‘What if the American people woke up and realized all wars are based on lies and only serve special interests,’ and ‘What if animosity toward America is directly related to its interventionist foreign policy,’ among others, were ones I repeated when creating the work.

 
If you haven’t heard this legendary speech, which is roughly four minutes in length, head over to YouTube and type it into the search bar. It’ll give you goosebumps just hearing the passion in Ron Paul’s voice.

 
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll realize I’m a hardcore non-interventionist and as anti-war as one can get unless an enemy is sending warships at our coasts, has warships in the Gulf of Mexico, or are building bases in Canada, Cuba, or Mexico.

 

Conclusion: Don’t Fire Unless Fired Upon

Despite the fact both Northern Knights and Fighting Tyranny are war-driven, each battle takes place for defense purposes, in other words, they’re fighting off imperialism.

 
In real life, I continue to insist America hasn’t had a legitimate reason for going to war since The War of 1812. The subsequent War with Mexico, War of Northern Aggression, Spanish-American War, America’s entry into World War I (believe it or not, I’m related to Woodrow Wilson, so there’s some family animosity here!), America’s Entry into World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the First Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan (yes, really), the Second Gulf War, the War in Libya, and the War in Syria. And now, Trump’s beating war drums with Iran.

 
If you haven’t seen my previous posts on America’s failed foreign policies, be sure to check them out; I actually just had a biggie post on this released last evening.

 
America’s legitimate wars? Revolutionary War. And as mentioned earlier, War of 1812. The others are all based on lies that I’ll likely cover more in this blog, as again, both of my works carry a heavy anti-interventionist message.

 
I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support on My Freedom Flame, please come back soon, and if you’re interested in Northern Knights or Fighting Tyranny, feel free to click the corresponding images under this post. Thanks again for reading.

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Explaining the Neo Skyehawk Novella Series: Starting with Fighting Tyranny

The Impromptu Series is Another Leaf from J.K. Rowling’s Book

As stated previously, I created a magnet book for the Lord of Columbia Series called the Eurean Kingdom, the link of which can be found on the bottom of this page. I give this book away for anyone who’s interested in and joins my budding email list for my books, the themes behind them, and when to expect the next releases.

 
While the book itself was only supposed to be that, a magnet, I fell head over heels for the two main characters: Neo Skyehawk and Seneca LaSalle, that I decided to make an entire novella collection of this prequel to Lord of Columbia.

 

Neo’s World and Cain’s World

Like J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site, where she tells the backstories of characters who are mentioned, I decided to turn Neo’s story into an actual series within itself. Neo Skyehawk himself is mentioned twice in Northern Knights, as the shotball league trophy is named after him.

 
However, Neo has an interesting story himself, which takes place over five-hundred years before the events of Northern Knights. However, I’m going out of my way to link the two series’ and one can see this in both my magnet book, and my soon to be free on all platforms book called Fighting Tyranny, Book One of the Neo Skyehawk Series.

 
Many characters mentioned in the Lord of Columbia Series will be covered in the Neo Skyehawk Series, and the only real difference between the worlds is that Neo’s story takes place before the days of information at the fingertips, electricity, and any other type of mindless entertainment, oh do I wish it were still the Middle Ages. Hey, I believe in reincarnation, so don’t judge me. I was there, somewhere, and it was freaking awesome.

 

Significance of the Neo Skyehawk Series

Some may be asking why I’m going out of my way to create this second series when the Lord of Columbia Series takes up a lot, and I mean a lot of time. Not just that, why abandon my plans of Comeback Kid and create this novella collection?

 
It was s gut instinct. I just felt much more excited about this side-project than I did with Comeback Kid.

 
However, I’d never create this series if there wasn’t reason, and the fact of the matter is books like Northern Knights are so long (the paperback version is 385 pages) there was a lot I wanted to put into the book but couldn’t. A lot of backstory and explanations behind the magical systems that would’ve made the book three times as long. No, really, the first draft was 184,000 words, and the final word count was 77,000.

 
The Neo Skyehawk novellas will explain a lot of this magic and since it takes place five-hundred years in the past, it makes a lot more sense. Further, I don’t plan on a single book going over the 20,000 word mark. The magnet book is around 12,000 words, and Fighting Tyranny is a hair under 11,000. They’re borderline short stories.

 
I also don’t plan on selling the e-books for much more than 99 cents, again because they’re just going to be ultra-short compared to the Lord of Columbia books, where Swords of Destiny will be 360 pages in paperback and the third book (I have much of it already made) will be at least 300. The Skyehawk books will be between 50-90 pages each.

 

Conclusion

I can honestly see why J.K. Rowling became hooked onto so many backstories. I didn’t even know what a magnet book was until last Friday, August 10th, so it literally took me one week to get hooked onto writing about the characters who were merely mentioned in the works.

 
Seeing them develop their own personalities and becoming characters has made this last week a bit of a whirlwind but more than worth it. I can’t wait to introduce the world to Neo and Seneca and again, Fighting Tyranny will be set perma-free with links to my email list signup page and of course, to Northern Knights.

 
I’d like to thank everyone for their continued to support and as I’ve been doing on relevant posts, will link my books to the bottom in case anyone’s interested in checking them out. These books will also be seen on the sidebar, too. Thanks again, please come back soon.

 

Want a prequel to the Prequel Series? Join my mailing list and get it for free!

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Have you checked out Lord of Columbia? Get it today for just 99 cents!

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Hey, Rookie, Welcome to the Indie Author’s World

Welcome to the Book World: Population 50,000,000 Plus More

Eighty-eight sales in Week One. Granted most of them were free, but why spoil the fun?
It’s like being as rookie quarterback making their preseason debut. Sure, Baker Mayfield looked good the other day, but he played against second and third string defenses and faced no complex blitzes.

 
So, I made eighty-eight free sales.

 
And I got my first book review!

 
Hey, for a first-time indie, I’ll take it. I’ll take it and run.

 
But, the goal is to make a living off this.

 
Remember way back when in February when I started My Freedom Flame and talked about pursuing passion?

 
Go back in my archives to February and March, and you’ll find a lot of these.

 
Okay, so I’ve deviated a little from pursuing passion, mainly to talk about themes from my book, many of which involve liberty, conspiracies, the Rothschilds, and interventionism. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve seen the articles.

 

Selling the Idea

It’s more than just selling books; if I wanted to focus on just selling books I’d write some kinky romance full of whatever Fifty Shades of Gray or whatever the big thing is these days. So yes, selling books is definitely important because I want to do this full-time and really have the ability to talk to others regarding passion pursuit.

 
But, the idea of liberty is the true product. Yes, writing killer books is a must, with accurate meta data, breathtaking product descriptions, SEO, the list goes on.

 
However, I’ve written before that my success really hinges on whether or not others get the idea of liberty. America is sick with Stage Four cancer, and if I don’t do my part to help treat the cancer, America is that much closer to, well, falling to the globalists…

 

Trump, Clinton, it didn’t really matter.

 
Either President would’ve done their part in killing the country.

 

How to Get My Books to Stand Out

This was the challenge, but I read an e-book regarding book marketing by Nick Stephenson, a seven-figure author based in the UK.

 
In the Book, Your First 10,000 Readers, Stephenson states a lot of obvious techniques all of us should’ve known the whole time.

 
For one, he states one should create two books and price them perma-free (while Northern Knights isn’t perma-free, I do list it for free often)

 
1. Funnel Book (Northern Knights)

 
2. Magnet Book (Short Story, Novella, etc)

 
3. Website

 
4. Email List

 
Okay, so I have the funnel book and website, but I’m lacking on both email list and magnet book. So, I spent the whole weekend creating the magnet book, a prequel to the Lord of Columbia Series speaking of a character mentioned a few times in passing.

 
The magnet book is absolutely free, and I’m in the process of learning (I’m techo-slow!) how to link it into Northern Knights and get it uploaded onto Amazon to really get this thing going. But, it’s going to take me a few attempts, so I won’t even put it up until I get everything correct, which again will take a few. I’m a rookie here!

 

The Truth About Amazon

The truth about Amazon is that it’s an e-book hub, literally millions of e-books. I made it into the Top 100 in one of my categories days after the release (among free books), which is a good sign. I had a good review, which is another good sign.

 
But, how do I stand out among millions upon millions of books?

 
I need to do all I can to reward my readers.

 
I wish I’d known this a month ago, as I just lost out on repeat traffic.

 
However, I’m also glad I learned all this within two weeks of publishing, and not years afterward, like others might.

 
I’m very internet and research savvy, despite being techo-slow, which is what led me to Stephenson’s techniques, and I was slapping myself in the head for having everything in front of me (plus a magnet novella in the back of my head).

 
But, straightening the ship is something that will be necessary constantly, especially in Year One of being an author-entrepreneur.

 
I’m very excited to see where this leads and I’m always one who states to remain a student of any craft you embark on.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

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Research, Research, Plus More Research

The True Make or Break Moments

If there’s one piece of advice I can give to anyone starting out, it’s to research, research, research, and research. In my own workday, I set aside time to research, and I research often. For instance, here’s my typical work schedule:

 
6:30: Breakfast

 
7:00-9:00: Write or Edit

 
9:15: Workout

 
10:15: Write or Edit

 
11:15: Author Platform/Blog

 
12:15-3:15: Research.

 
What am I researching in this timeslot?

 
A little bit of everything.

 
For instance, I might research ways to get more book sales. So, what I’ll do is find blogsites like JustPublishingAdvice, SelfPublishingAdvice, TheCreativePenn, an any other reputable source I can think of, and just read, read, and read.

 
If I’m looking for ways to sell more books, as I’m doing now with Northern Knights, being that I’m a first-time author with hardly a review and a tiny readership, I’m just looking for ways to put the books in peoples’ hands.

 
So, I have zero marketing background, but I’m going to show you a little of what I’ve come across today and how It can help you out in your own field.

 

The Writer’s Market is Global

Many claim writers can’t make a living writing because of the fierce and overinflated competition. Let me tell you something: In this day and age, everything has overinflated competition unless the government has monopolized on it through force, by the way.

 
So, the competition is fierce in this field and it’s fierce in all fields. So unless you want to work in the public sector, be ready for some fierce competition.

 
It’s like the nutritional supplement industry, where you have thousands of websites, millions of products, but, millions of fads.

 
And the same goes with writers.

 
So, in all terms writing, how do we take necessary steps to get our books into readers’ hands.

 

My Mistakes

My first mistake is realizing one thing: My Freedom Flame is a great blog site but now that I have a product up and running, it’s due for an upgrade. So, this weekend I’m going to revamp the site a little, especially now that my traffic is larger than ever before.

 
The changes I’m making are simply links to my product page on Amazon and nothing overly insane. So, I’ll be adding a few pages which describe my books and another page depicting my future works.

 
I also realized how much of a gold mine I have that I’m missing out on, or, potential gold mine. So, I’m going to take a crash course in creating what’s called a landing page, I’m sure you’ve all seen something like it on various sites.

 
The good news for you guys, those who follow my blog via WordPress, email, or just tune in regularly, is I’m giving you all an opportunity to become part of an email list where I’m currently working on a few freebies in terms of e-books.

 
Speaking of free e-books, which will be some short stories and novellas that in a way sample my work, I’ll be linking them to Northern Knights, too, so if you buy Northern Knights or any of its sequels coming out in the coming months you’ll be equipped with some freebies.

 
Again, per my research, I was able to compile some new ideas. Being that 2018 is my developmental year in becoming this Author-Entrepreneur, I’m making my mistakes, but also gliding along quite smoothly.

 
But, I wouldn’t be on the verge of really taking my work up a notch had I not done my research. I’d likely be trying to let my keywords and Amazon do all my marketing and wonder why the hell no one’s buying my book!

 
But, the key to any good entrepreneur is learning day in and day out. In my case, it’s all about learning to spread the message I’m currently working on. See below for a brief overview.

 

What My Writing is All About

Those of you who follow my blog tend to know a little on my writing as I preach three different subjects here on My Freedom Flame, all of which intertwine:

 
1. Self-reliance: I write about how we all need to pursue what we love, even at the expense of high paying, high benefit corporate or government jobs.

 
2. Libertarianism: I believe Libertarianism is the only way to being truly independent. We saw in the media the Twitter fiasco and other debates regarding the private sector and private property. But, Libertarianism gives rights to the individual and preaches hard work, hence self-reliance.

 
3. Globalism: Yes, the globalists hate me and if I stop writing, I’ve likely been axed by the CIA. I love talking about the Rothschilds, Zionism, how American Interventionism stems from these, and that all wars are based on interests of weapons manufacturers, oil, and bankers.

 
In Northern Knights and my freebie e-books (which will be top quality and no, I’m not trying to sell you anything but my views), you’ll see the above themes play out. All of my writing, both on my blog and in my books, mirror one another in many ways.

 

What Else Have I Written About?

To be more specific, I write posts that are Fact-based, Opinion-based (I like doing a little bit of both), How to (lots of self-reliance here), Liberty-based, Career-oriented, What I’ve Learned, Themes and Messages behind Northern Knights (I usually say Influences Behind), and when I want to have some fun, I’ll write about my Cleveland Browns.
And again, you’ll see many of these within my fiction works, too.

 
So, if you guys want some freebies, they’re on the way, and again, don’t be alarmed if I have my landing page up and running soon; again, no one’s trying to sell anything for compensation except a message that needs to be spread.

 
If you guys happen to like my freebie works, feel free to explore my paid works, but what’s most important is to get the message of liberty as far and wide as we can.

 
I’d like to thank you all for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

 

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