“Superior Justice” free today!

Howdy folks! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. I’ve been writing, just not blogging. I haven’t had a promotional giveaway for three months, but today is the day! The Superior Mystery series depends upon fans like you to keep going and growing, so please pass this along to friends, family, parole officers, etc.

Here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Justice-Lake-Mystery/dp/1469987325

All the best!

Tom

How Do People Discover New Books And Authors?

The connection between authors and readers is even more important today than in times past. We need the help of our readers!

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Last month I put together a brief survey to find out how people discover new books and authors. One of the biggest challenges new authors are facing, is getting the word out about their work, regardless of whether they are self-published or going with a traditional publisher.  Increasingly, authors have to do a significant amount of legwork in terms of promotion as marketing and advertising budgets are widely slashed.

However, most self-published authors don’t have a particularly detailed understanding of their market. Either they haven’t thought to find out, or simply don’t know where to start. It’s understandable – we didn’t get into writing in order to become expert marketers – but it is something that we just have to get to grips with.  So I thought I’d start my own journey towards understanding by asking people where they find out about new books and authors.

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Too many books, too little time (to write them all, I mean)

Quite a few people have asked me if I’m writing the next Superior novel. I’m gratified for the questions, because generally, it means people are excited to see more. But my answer is, “Not yet.”

There are a few reasons why, and I’d love your feedback about those reasons.

I remember reading a quote by JRR Tolkien, addressing why it took him so long to finish the Lord of The Rings. He said “I had many other responsibilities as well, during those years and I did not neglect them.”

Like Tolkien, I too, have many other responsibilities, and I’m trying not to neglect them. This means that my time for writing is somewhat limited. It also means that the Lake Superior Mysteries is not the only place where I am spending creative energy. Therefore, I really only have enough “in me” so to speak, for one novel a year, plus all the other writing and work I do as a pastor. When I finally finish a novel, I find I need a couple months of down time to recharge.

There’s another reason I haven’t started the next Superior novel. I’m torn. I actually have a number of fiction and non-fiction books that “want to come out.” The truth is, when I started, I thought I would write only one mystery. I’m glad it didn’t work out that way, but the other books are still waiting.

Here’s what else I have that wants to come out as a book:

· A mythical history (fantasy) of the world before the Great Flood of Noah. One of my favorite twists is that Noah is afraid of water. I have at least three volumes worth here. I’ve had the ideas for this for more than 10 years.

· A creative memoir of my life growing up in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been thinking about this for about 15 years.

· A book on a particular area of theology and biblical interpretation that concerns me. Also a ten-year plus concern.

· A practical book on marriage.

I’m not done with the Lake Superior Mysteries. I’ve grown fond of Jonah and the others, and fond of the book sales, too. But maybe Jonah needs to wait a little longer before his next adventure. I’m not settled on that, just musing about it.

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.

LOOKING FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT: I HAVE A SECRET…

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Hey folks,

Superior Secrets is generally available as paperback and kindle now. You can get the paperback on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Secrets-Lake-mystery-Mysteries/dp/1493770691

…and the kindle, here: http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Secrets-Lake-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00GTSKJ3U

If you have friends or family who are readers, it’s a great Christmas idea. If you’d like  a signed paperback, go over to www.tomhilpert.com, click the “contact” page, and send me a message, and we’ll set it up.

Meanwhile, Superior Justice is once more FREE, today only, on Amazon Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Justice-Lake-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00394F3TM

Happy Friday!

SUPERIOR SECRETS PRINT EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!

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As promised, you can now purchase the Print edition of Superior Secrets! If you want a signed copy, contact me directly, or comment on this post.

Right now it is available here. (or click on the picture to the left). Within the week, it should show up in Amazon “proper,” as well as many other book outlets!

Enjoy!

SUPERIOR SECRETS IS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE–RIGHT NOW!

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At long last, here it is folks! Superior Secrets, the third Lake Superior Mystery featuring Jonah Borden, is available on Kindle, starting today! Unfortunately, the print version is not yet ready to go, but we anticipate that happening, as planned, by the first week of December.

In case you didn’t know, you do not have to own a kindle device to get it. You can read a kindle book on any android tablet, ipad or computer. All you need is the free kindle app.

PLEASE… repost!

PLEASE…read!

PLEASE…review!

PLEASE…spread the word!

Click on the picture, or here, to buy it!

In case you are new, here’s the skinny:

It’s wintertime on the North Shore and the snow is thick on the ground. Jonah Borden, the coffee-guzzling, wisecracking, mystery-solving man of the cloth, is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Leyla Bennett. But just a few weeks before they do, Leyla decides to go undercover in a new cult to get an exclusive exposé which would make her name as a journalist. However, as time goes on, Borden is worried that her commitment to the troubling new religion and her devotion to its evil, charismatic leader are more than just professional.

When Borden confronts the cult leader, he is turned away and threatened. Meanwhile, mysterious hunting accidents begin happening around the town of Grand Lake. Assisted by his friends, Jonah tries to find a way to get Leyla out. What he uncovers is bigger than any of them had guessed. Now, he’s in a race to save his own life, and those of his friends, before a powerful enemy finds them and destroys them.

Superior Secrets is set amidst the wild beauty of Lake Superior. Featuring a cast of unique, memorable characters, this is part of the Lake Superior Mystery series. None of the books have to be read in order.

Tom Hilpert writes character-driven mysteries with humor and flair. He loves cats, as well as dogs, and is kind to little children. Go to http://www.tomhilpert.com for more information, or “like” his Facebook Author page.

A KILLER BOOK DESCRIPTION

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SUPERIOR SECRETS is almost ready! As you can see, we have a cover!

As we put the finishing touches together, I am reminded again of the need for a killer book description to lure in new readers.  Here’s what we have for Superior Secrets:

It’s wintertime on the North Shore and the snow is thick on the ground. Jonah Borden, the coffee-guzzling, wisecracking, gourmet-cooking man of the cloth, is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Leyla Bennett. But before they do, Leyla joins a cult, ostensibly in order to complete an investigative report. However, Borden is worried: there are signs that her commitment to the new religion may have become more serious.

When Borden confronts the cult leader, he is rebuffed. Meanwhile, mysterious hunting accidents begin happening around the town of Grand Lake. Assisted by his friends, Jonah tries to find a way to get Leyla out. What he uncovers is bigger than any of them had guessed. Now, he’s in a race to save his own life, and those of his friends, before a powerful enemy snuffs them out.

Superior Secrets is set amidst the wild beauty of Lake Superior. Featuring a cast of unique, memorable characters, this is part of the Lake Superior Mystery series, but none of the books have to be read in order.

I could use a little help here. I’m wondering if there are any of you, who have not read any of previous Lake Superior Mysteries, who could evaluate this description for me? If you haven’t read the books, does this description get your attention? Does it tell you enough? Does it say too much?  I deeply appreciate your feedback!

If you have read any of the previous books, I welcome your feedback too, but try to be objective: would this description interest you if you knew nothing about the series?

Thanks so much!

LAST FREEBIE BEFORE THE NEW RELEASE!

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Today, the last free promotion before the debut of my new novel, *Superior Secrets*. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get in on the cornucopia of humor, action and good food that is the *Lake Superior Mystery Series*. Get the first one free today on Amazon Kindle. Re-post, and tell your friends!

http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Justice-Lake-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00394F3TM

New Deal from Amazon

A lot of people like to complain about Amazon, just because it is dominating the marketplace. As an author, however, my objective assessment is that Amazon dominates because Amazon “gets it.”  They do a lot of things right, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve.

Barnes & Noble offers me nothing for marketing my books. They say, “put your book on B&N, and start selling to millions of readers.” Only, I can’t really sell to millions of readers, because they don’t offer me anyway to promote it – not even paid promotions.Kobo, and other sites are similar. I recently contacted Scribd as well. The startling thing is that these companies will return my emails, and admit, in print, that they have nothing to offer to help me.

On the other hand, Amazon, as I say, “gets it.” They’ve been offering free promotions for a year or two now. Basically, I trade books (at no cost to myself) for publicity. In other words, I’m buying advertising through barter, which is a pretty cool deal, and it has worked quite well over this past year. I’ve made a nice part time income, and Amazon has made a nice part-time income off me. If there are just a few hundred other independent authors doing as well as I am, Amazon is making millions from us (collectively), while B&N and others simply ignore that money. No wonder Amazon is dominating.

And they came doing what they can to help me, because they understand that helps themselves. In the past two months, they’ve added two new marketing tools. Now, if you buy a hard copy of my book, you can also get the ebook for just $0.99 extra. And, starting TODAY, we’re running a new kind of promotion on Superior Storm. If you buy the Kindle edition today or tomorrow, it will be just $0.99. After that it, the price goes up a little bit for two days, and then again moves up. On the sixth day, we’ll be back to full price. I’m excited to see how it works.

If you’re looking for a fun read, check it out, and pass it on to friends and family!

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SUPERIOR JUSTICE FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW! MAKE USE OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND CATCH UP ON READING!

Oops! I almost forgot. Today and tomorrow, another free promo on Superior Justice. Superior #3 should be out in about two months, so now is a great time to start the series for free! Tell your friends, petition your congressmen! Tell your friends in the government to read Superior Justice while they’re laid off!

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