Sunday, October 6, 2013

2013 Kindle Book Review Winners WIN BIG!

Attention Writers! If you haven't heard, The Kindle Book Review is proud to announced the Winners of 2013 Best Indie Books. Each winner has earned cash and prizes exceeding $900 from The Kindle Book Review and these awesome sponsors! 

If you know any of these authors, take a minute and congratulate them on their social media. They'd love to hear it.

Winners receive $300 cash courtesy of The Kindle Book Review ($250) & Digital Book Today ($50)!

The Kindle Book Review: $100 promotional credit (per winner).
Digital Book Today: $50 in promotional credit (per winner).
World Literary Cafe: $139 in promotional credit (per winner).
Kindle Boards: $50 group-wide promotional credit via a post announcing winners.
Author Marketing Club$250 group-wide promotional credit via a post announcing winners.
Kindle Nation Daily: $179 group-wide promotional credit/announcement. + a free BookGorilla promo! $150 in promotional credit (per winer)


Check out the Full List, including Winners, Top-5 Finalists, and Semifinalists:

Suspense/Horror: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> The Answer to Your Question by Paulette Alden

The Dying of the Light: Interval by Jason Kristopher
The Liminal Man by Todd Keisling
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey
I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson

Short Fiction: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Just One Day by Sharla Lovelace

Scream if you Wanna Go Faster by Wade Beauchamp
Grimsley Hollow - Eve of the Beginning by Nicole Storey
Just Looking by Jianna Higgins
The Xmas Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home by Nancy Warren

Non-Fiction: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> The Contract Of Love by Jose Chaves

Lunch With Charlotte by Leon Berger
Run, River Curents by Ginger Marcinkowski
Same, Same by Doug Smith
A Father's Angels by John Waldron

Romance: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Your Gift To Me by Bonnie Bartel Latino & Bob Vale

Sierra by Taylor Dean
Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran
Eternally Yours by Gina Ardito
Still Waters by Misha Crews

Mystery/Thriller: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Plummet by Michael Zarocostas 

Tin God by Stacy Green 
Camera Obscura by Rosanne Dingli 
Identity Theft by John Abramowitz
A Bullet for Carlos by Giacomo Giammatteo

Young Adult: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Jump/Drive by Rich Griffith

The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
Watch Me Disappear by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
MORE by T M Franklin
Silver Majesty by Lea Carter

Literary Fiction: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Don't Tell Anyone by Laurie Boris

The Wedding Shroud by Elizabeth Storrs
The God Gene by Jaymie Simmon
The Warsaw Conspiracy by James Conroyd Martin
Spirited Away by Maggie Plummer

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Top-5 Finalists

WINNER ~> Earth Tones by Angela Wallace

The Descendant by Kelley Grealis
Jack James & The Tribe of the Teddy Bear by John Wright
The Trickster's Totem by H.B. Bolton
PSIONIC Book 1: Wild-born by Adrian Howell

Congrats Winners!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fantastic Fiverr Gigs for Self-Publishers

So you're an indie author, publisher, or online marketer and you've already exhausted your yearly social media, or marketing budget by early August. Bummer. What's a starving artist to do? How can you tell the world about your book(s), and keep your name out there when all you have is chump change?

Easy. is fast becoming one of the best ways to not only start an online business, it's also one of the most affordable ways to promote anything from your website to ebooks! The opportunities are endless. The level of creativity on the site is mind blowing. And best of all, everything for sale is only $5, from video creation, book promotion, ebook creation, editing services, cover design, and yes even Happy Birthday Wishes! Everything. Fiverr is like Subway's $5 Footlong gone digital!

I have purchased videos, ebook formatting, book promotion and almost everything under the sun--except reviews--that's one thing I wish wasn't available, but alas, it is. 

WARNING: Fiverr can become addicting if you're not careful. And there are some promotions I have paid for that didn't bring me much of a ROI (return on investment), but so WHAT! It's only 5 Bucks. I have found that promoting with multiple Fiverr book promoters brings in a whole new group of readers that I would have never attracted---and for $5, that's a small amount to spend just to test the waters! Truth be told, I often spend more than $5, but that's only because I usually buy the "Extras". Extras will get you more tweets, a longer video, a customized book cover, etc. Still, the prices are usually very competitive compared elsewhere on the web.

Here are a Few "Gigs" as they are called that I like.

Free Book Promotion (thedesertgirl). This gig has brought my KDP Select FREE books into the top 100 without any other book promotion. She's good at what she does, and also has an offsite promotional website (

Video Creation (bachas85). This gig is great if you need a video created. Perhaps you want to jump start your YouTube channel and need a "representative" or maybe you want a talented speaker to create a promotional video for your book. Well this is just one of the many very talented folks who will do just that for ONLY $5!

UK & US Book Promotion (marketing_ebook). This gig has got so many options you won't know where to stop. However, I have definitely seen a bump in sales from promoting with this book marketer. She uses all of her social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and G+. 

Book Tweeting (indifromindy). Recently I've joined the Fiverr fad and began promoting books and offering other affordable services. With over 20,000 Twitter fans, I will Tweet (i.e. promote) your book 5 times for ONLY $5. I always over deliver, and so do the other folks I've mentioned. You are guaranteed to get much more than a $5 value. 

I also have other $5 gigs that will blow your mind! 
Need something else? How about a bracelet with your book title? How about a half-naked dude singing your book's praises (not my thing but it could be yours)? Do you need a book cover? Do you want to convert your 2-dimensional ebook cover into a 3-D image that will WOW your customers? I'm telling you, FIVERR is the BOMB! 

So if you're operating your publishing business on a shoestring budget, give fiverr a try. I've spent much more for the same results, and I'm sure you have, too. But if you aren't currently in the market for any of the products listed, you'll at least have a good time window shopping! 

Jeff Bennington is the best-selling author of Reunion, The Secret in Defiance, Twisted Vengeance, the Creepy series, and The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe, among others

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Are you ready to OWN a Kindle Fire?

Hi Writers, Are you ready to win a Kindle Fire?

In conjunction with Digital Book Today and some excellent independent authors,  The Kindle Book Review is giving away 1 Kindle Fire HD 7" and $200 in Amazon Gift Cards! So sharpen your pencils and take a shot at a NEW Kindle Fire before summer is over.

WHEN? August 1 - 15, 2013

BTW, we do these giveaways every month. If you'd like to be a sponsor next time click here and sign up for the KBR author newsletter.

WHO? Anyone who can accept an Amazon gift card.

HOW DO YOU ENTER? Browse through the books below--get familiar with the titles and authors--and then sign in to the Rafflecopter Form near the bottom of the page. Click on as many options as you want, and come back everyday until August 15th to earn more entries. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

HINT: To earn more points, support as many authors as possible by "liking" their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter, become a fan, tweet, or post a message on Facebook or Twitter. No purchase necessary. But why not buy one or two books while you're here?