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Amazon reviews: Easy come easy go

 

I heard through the writer’s grapevine that Amazon would be gathering reviews from all their sites and put them in one place. This means the reviews that are on Amazon.uk or Amazon.ca, Canada and England, would be compiled on the site for the US.

Yay! This was the initial reaction from all of us. Majority of us, upon hearing this news, went to the site to see if it had occurred yet. We would continue to do so just waiting to see the number of reviews go up.

I saw an increase. Than I saw a decrease. I saw an increase and than it went back down.

Too good to be true was my first thought. Some authors it has remained, some authors has seen reviews return to the original number and unfortunately for some odd reason some saw their numbers go down. For me the numbers went back to the original numbers.

So, what gives? The people I have discussed this with are at a lost as well. I think I did find the answer though.

Amazon.

A wonderful site where you can buy just about anything. A site that happily takes your money, you can stream movies and shows and a place that keeps increasing it’s annual fee to Amazon Prime.

But when it comes to authors, those who are not in the top tier, forget about it. Small business people fall on the wrong side.

But alas I keep writing. For me to do otherwise is inconceivable.

New publisher, new covers and a new book: A whole lot of new for 2019

Well, the year 2019 is almost done. It seems every year goes faster than the year before. A lot has happened business wise for me which I have blogged about. Between a new publisher, new covers, a new book release, being on the Amazon Best Selling 100 list for audible for a few weeks and gosh so much for I am sure that all of this had a hand in this year going at a fast pace.

It is always time to look what my goals are for a new year which means pulling out my promotion calendar. I’m filling it up with what I have already set in place as far as interviews, spotlights, marketing and so forth.

Planning ahead for this is always a good idea so you don’t run around like a chicken with its head cut off. You don’t have to fill every single square of your calendar. But to have a general plan can only help your brand and yourself.

My goal will be to have a month by month expectation of what I want to accomplish and hopefully I will be able to get all of it done or as close as possible.

But why month to month when the experts say do day by day? Well, life. It has a way of shaking you awake and reminding you that you have family, friends and issues that need to be attended to. If you plan every day of the year for your business a simple snafu can derail you mentally and send you into a small spiral if you are not equip to handle small fires.

But do prepare. If I had not been prepared having a promotion for volume two and releasing volume three of my children’s chapter book series on the same day I would have been a real mess. I get why my publishers did it but it was a hectic day.

May 2020 be a year of joy, happiness, good health, love and more ups than downs.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Book release and .99 cent sale starts today: The Jasper, Amazon Parrot series

Today two things are happening to my Jasper, Amazon parrot series. Today volume three is released! Woohoo!

Jasper, Amazon Parrot: The perils of The Jungle” continues the journey of Jasper and his friends who live in the Brazilian rainforest jungle. Inside you will find more danger that they will encounter by just living there.

If you have not read volume two, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Rainforest Friends and Family, yet well you are in luck. Our promotion starts today and ends on the 14th of December for the low price of .99 cents.

And if by chance you have not read volume one, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure”, the one that started it all you are in luck. For an exchange of a review on Amazon and or Goodreads contact me and I can hook you up with a free copy. But yes a review is the string attached to it. LOL But seriously it is worth it.

Jasper and I are flying high and you are all encourage to come along with us.

Read the reviews. See the praises that are being left behind.

For Jasper 1:

★★★★★ – “Young children will love this story and certainly relate to it. The two parrots are adorable characters, teaching great life lessons to young readers. It’s fun, quick and meaningful. I highly recommend this first book in the series.”

★★★★★ – “Jasper is a delightful chapter book for young readers. I bought it for my 10 year old grandson who struggles with reading for Christmas. He read it in a few days and enjoyed it.”

★★★★★ – “A fantastic story for the younger readers who are transitioning from picture books to reading a story that unfolds pictures using their imagination.”

For Jasper 2:

★★★★★ – “These are very cute stories with gentle but lasting lessons to further children’s understanding.”

★★★★★ -“The heart of this series is the friendship between the various species. I also found the parent / child relationships strong and realistic. If you love animals, books that teach lessons in a strong manner, and an opportunity for something clever, give these a try.”