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After a longish period, with not much happening at all, the last week has been a particularly good time for reviews of my 'nostalgedy&#...

Friday, 24 January 2014

Talking to myself?

So how did the free book promotion go for Crutches for Ducks?

It's kind of you to ask.  Pretty well, actually.  Certainly better than I expected.  Over 350 copies were downloaded worldwide, which isn't bad for just a 24 hour promotion.

Where did all of those go to?

Well, 174 went to .com readers, 162 to .co.uk people, 8 were picked up at .ca and 4 at .de.  There were also odd copies downloaded at .it. .fr and .au.  So many thanks to everyone who did bag a free copy and I hope they enjoy it.

Was a bit surprised to see you offer your largest and most expensive book, for free!

Yes, me too!  In all honesty, it wasn't the original intention.  I had intended to offer the latest book, A Kick at the Pantry Door for free, but I hadn't allowed for the fact that you can't do that and run a Kindle Countdown promotion in the same period.  Curses!

What about Steady Past Your Granny's?  That would have seemed like no-brainer as a free promotion?

Yes, you would think, wouldn't you?  Unfortunately, Steady Past Your Granny's is still currently available on Smashwords (not that it has ever done any good on there), so it is ineligible for the Kindle Select program which rules out any free promotions, at present.

Have you seen any benefit from the promotion?

Oddly enough, yes!  Crutches for Ducks has been selling (modestly) both at .com and .co.uk.  A couple of copies have even been borrowed via Kindle Prime, and that's never happened before.  It was also (very briefly) at #1 in the Humorous Essays chart :-)

So, it was all worthwhile then?

Yes, I think so.  It was fun while it lasted (like so many things) and it generated a great 5 star review I might as well face it, I'm addicted to Phil Whiteland!  On the downside, I've realised that I've made a complete doo-doo of the whole thing.

Why's that?

Well, the main intention was to bring A Kick at the Pantry Door to the attention of the readers.  Unfortunately, I've now realised that none of my books have a link to this, currently, so I've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.

Well done.  Finally, do you think you ought to be concerned that you're apparently talking to yourself?

No, not at all.  Of course, you probably should be.








Saturday, 18 January 2014

Addicted to reviews!

I'm delighted that my 'duck' book has received this fantastic 5 star review from the lovely Brenda Perlin:

"The author has a clever way of delivering a book full of fun and laughs. "Crutches For Ducks" is such a lovely, easy escape that I found myself laughing out loud and just feeling joyful reading about these off the wall predicaments. These stories are light hearted and seems to make fun at just about any one possible. Even the author himself which is the most fun. I love how the everyday mundane things can be made into a hysterical situation. I am a true fan and have really enjoyed and have been entertained by all of the authors works.

This nostalgic adventure where we go back in time is so darn entertaining and the old photographs are priceless!. I could relate to some of the stories even though I am a female, not a male and from the United States, not the United Kingdom.

This book is filled to the brim with brilliantly witty quotes which makes it very difficult to share just one but here you go...

"I only fully realised just how much the telephone was now an essential part of everyday life when I inadvertently left my mobile phone in my car the other day. I was at the gym (yes, I know it seems unlikely but bear with me) and my wife had taken the car to go shopping, not knowing that my phone was on the back seat. I felt cut off from the known world. Goodness knows why, given that nobody ever rings me, and the only texts that pass backward and forward tend to be of the rather mundane "I'm here. I'll let you know when I'm leaving" variety. For my daughter and the generations following her, it would take radical surgery to part them from their mobile phones and I'm sure they could not envisage a world in which such things didn't exist, and yet it was not always this way.""


You can find the review here and find out more about the book at Crutches for Ducks



Tuesday, 14 January 2014

For one day only...

If you're interested, today (14th January, 2014) and for one day only, I have this never to be repeated offer!

Get the bumper collection of 'nostalgedy' stories that is 'Crutches for Ducks' absolutely FREE!

Go on, dip your bread in the water :-)

Crutches for Ducks