I had a great time chatting with Pia Lindstrom on Book Radio about my book DARKROOM.
We delved a great deal into the book, my career, my personal history. Hope you’ll give it a listen!
Ms. Lindstrom is a wonderful host who made the interview lively and entertaining (for me, especially.)
As writer, you always hope and pray that your new book will be well-received. Sometimes by the early reader reactions and reviews you get an idea, but opening day can still be as spine-tingling as it is fun. One of the things I look to (for better or for worse) is how my new book is doing in the rankings at various outlets. Thankfully, Amazon.com provides fairly timely statistics in the area of book sales.
I’m pleased to report that DARKROOM hit not one, not two, but three bestseller lists last night.
Ereader News Today featured BEYOND JUSTICE as its book of the day today. I love the way they pulled out some of the nicest Amazon reviews.
Great to know that FROM THE ASHES, by my “evil twin” Ian Alexander is doing so well. It’s sitting with some good company among the Left Behind books by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. FROM THE ASHES is a short novella set in the YA/Epic Fantasy world of the Sojourner Saga. It is a prequel to another Amazon #1 Bestseller–ONCE WE WERE KINGS by my pen name Ian Alexander.
I have never been a fan of the Fantasy genre of books, but Ian Alexander has changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to everyone! Give it a try, even if you don’t usually read fantasy. You might change your mind…I did.
–Nanci R., Amazon Reviewer.
Here are the bestseller lists it reached:
Amazon Bestselling author Allan Leverone’s book THE LONELY MILE has just hit the top 5 on 2 Amazon bestseller lists. He’s here to blog today about author promotion.
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Author Promotion: The Holy Grail
by Allan Leverone
I’m like every other author out there. I want you to read my book, and when you’re done with it, I want you to recommend it to a friend, and then go buy another of my books. That’s my goal. And any author who tells you he doesn’t share that goal is either lying or needs to stop writing books immediately and keep a diary instead.
And while I freely admit to trying virtually all of the above promotional methods, plus some others as well—and will undoubtedly continue to try them in the future—I’m coming to grips with the fact that promotion is hit-or-miss, and the best thing I can do for my career is keep writing the highest-quality fiction I can.
Because book-buying is driven by name-recognition, and sooner or later you will pick up one of my books and you will check it out, and I want you to feel like I wrote it specifically for you. And I want you to remember my name and think of me as the guy who wrote the book that spoke directly to you.
Because that’s really the only thing I can control in this strange writing gig.
Allan Leverone is the author of the acclaimed thrillers, FINAL VECTOR (Medallion Press) and THE LONELY MILE (StoneHouse Ink), as well as the horror novellas DARKNESS FALLS and HEARTLESS, both from Delirium Books. He is a three-time Derringer Award finalist for excellence in short mystery fiction and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee. Allan lives in Londonderry, NH with his family, where he is hard at work on his next book. Learn more at www.allanleverone.com.
For the past year my cohost Susan Wingate and I have had the privilege of interviewing authors and publishing industry professionals such as: Anthony Flacco, Jerry Jenkins, Rick Richter, Julie Hyzy, Adrian Phoenix, Ilsa Bick, Aaron Patterson, HP Mallory, Ann Charles, Rick Richter (Ruckus Media Group), Phyllis Schieber, Vincent Zandri, Peter Orullian, David Farland, Phyllis Irene Radford, and Bill Myers live on my radio show: DIALOGUE: Between the Lines.
The year 2012 promises to be an equally great one with upcoming guests: Steve Berry, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, William B. Davis, to name but a few. Please join us live every Thursday at 10AM PST here: (www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue).
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Every now and then I receive fan mail which truly touches me and encourages me in my writing. I endeavor to write books that not only entertain, but inspire and challenge in positive ways. If in any way my writing can reach my readers and give them hope and cause them to live better, then I feel that I’ve fulfilled my calling.
Black Friday Ebook Deals! This is a great time to load up some free and bargain titles for your ebook reader, so I’d like to make you aware of some of my bestselling titles, which are all available in the books section of this website
I’m pleased to have participated by donating autographed copies of my bestselling novels BEYOND JUSTICE, ONCE WE WERE KINGS, and an ARC (advanced reader copy) of my upcoming novel DARKROOM, which will be released by Simon & Schuster/Howard Books on May 1, 2012. Some of the books were won via silent auction, and one complete personalized autograph went to an exciting live auction.
I learned today that my book DARKROOM won 1st place in the Forward National Literature Awards in the Mystery Category.