The Marines of
The Basic School, 1-67
Bob wrote to us on February 25, 2016:
"...Archway Publishing has just released my novel, The Pact with the Devil. I had fun putting it together."
'The deck is already stacked against Travis Nelson, a highly and successful and respected Texas real estate developer, when he decides to play poker with Rodolfo Morales, one of Mexicoís most powerful and ruthless drug lords. Nelson needs cash when he is approached by the drug kingpin, who wants to use Nelsonís properties as safe havens in his smuggling operations. When the deal unravels and the DEA is hot on the trail, Nelsonís life catapults into free fall. The two men cannot continue to coexist but are inexorably linked by implausible mutual debts of gratitude. Can intimidation trump violence?'
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If you like it please tell your friends."John Metschan read it and liked it!
Dear TBS 1-67 Classmates,
First of all, hearty congratulations on completing your memoir. It is fun and rewarding to a point, after which it just becomes slugging it out in the trenches. I just completed a DeLuca-Whitehead (my wife) family history that ended up being about 100 pages. I was under no illusion that anyone would be interested in reading it, except maybe my grandchildren for a school assignment. It will be a good reference for them years from now. You have had a diverse and fascinating life that I am sure many people would like to read about. I immediately purchased a copy.
I have been interested in writing for many years and have three and a half books to my credit, only one of which has been published, and self-published at that. I finally wrote the novel that has been bursting in me forever and tried to get an agent interested. For every 50 queries I sent out, I heard anything back in less than half the cases. I had maybe two or three requests for a few chapters but nothing beyond that. The agent community would have you believe they are so overwhelmed, that they canít even be courteous. I finally gave up, although most of my effort was pre-E book explosion. I wonder if things may be different now.Fiction is fun but non-fiction is infinitely easier to sell. So I tried a non-fiction book, which deals with head coaches in the NFL. The Perfect Pro Football Coach, which I self-published in e book only format through Bookbaby. It is certainly true that marketing is the key, but many, many people still donít ďgetĒ ebooks. You do need a good reading device besides and IPhone. I suppose those people who would like my book arenít especially literate anyway (Great target market, Bob!) All that aside, I have sold some copies with just about no marketing, beyond emailing out teases to my friends and associates like B company. For a while, when I added up everyone who said they had purchased one vs my actual sales it didnít compute. Luckily, I have four grown sons, who I think bought one. You have to start somewhere. I have spent a lot of time reading what I can about emarketing. You do need to establish an author platform. I created a website:
and a blog:
I am not sure anyone ever visits either but it is sort of fun to keep them up, even if I am only talking to myself. My book is on Goodreads. John Gunson puts out a lot of interesting stuff on marketing. He has a whole series on using Twitter. If you follow enough people, some of them have automatic you-follow-me Iíll-follow-you triggers, you can get a following almost by default. Then you lure them to your website and sell the book. Good luck with that.
I think the bestselling ebooks are the ebooks that tell you how to sell ebooks. (By the way, I have been fairly satisfied with Bookbaby.) I have thought about getting some hard copies made, but the big guy(s) (i.e. Barnes and Noble) wonít take your book if you are not on their list. I might be able to find a local who would display it. A book signing, of course, is a great way to market.Anyway, Hon, that is my two cents. Oh, and by the way, I am also shamelessly pushing my book. You owe me one!
Best regards. Let me know how you do. When I get your book I will let you know what I think and maybe put a review on Amazon.
Classmate Ord Elliott released his book, "The Warrior's Silence", available from his website or from Amazon Recommended!
April 8, 2016