Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Guest post by Julia Hughes: A Ripple in Time is currently free to download!

This is a guest post from Julia Hughes, five times author who publishes with London based small press Talon Publishing. Julia writes in action & adventure, romance and even YA and has accrued over 100 review on her books with a 4.7* average accross all titles. Today is your chance to join the 20,000+ kindle owners who have picked up "A Ripple in Time" and best of all it's free of charge, worldwide. If you'd like to fnd out more about Julia's work you can visit her at JuliaHughes.co.uk or follow her on twitter.

Without further ado, over to Julia...

My career as an indie author started by accident, I never expected so many readers to download my stories, but the magic word seems to be free – and the previous promotion on "Ripple" saw it downloaded to over 20,000 kindles.

This success was achieved thanks to some fantastic support from the indie author community, and outstanding advice from Sean Campbell. A lot of water has flowed down the river since then: Sean, together with his teenage brother, Dan, went on to break all records with their debut novel, "Dead on Demand" which was downloaded over 60,000 times, a record that still stands. Sean and Daniel subsequently wrote a marketing guide for authors, "Can't Sell, Won't Sell" as Sean says, it doesn't contain any magic bullets, just common sense advice on how indie authors can increase their readership audience. Frankly, the only advice I feel qualified to give novice writers is grab a copy of Jack Bickham's "The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes" and to follow the Campbell brothers' advice on marketing. Two strategies that work for me.

Although I didn't this time! My latest release "The Griffin Cryer" received some fantastic reviews (50 reviews in two months, a 4.7* average!), and once again, some sterling support from the indie community. Still resting on my laurels, I suddenly realised that a) KDP select was due to run out on "A Ripple in Time", and b) a free promotion would tie in with the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. I made an executive decision and placed "A Ripple in Time" free with hardly any fanfare or advance planning. Naturally though, I sent out a few tweets, Sean picked up on them and invited me over to his place – an offer I couldn't refuse – especially since this post was originally written for my own site, but filed away when I realised it was turning into a fan letter for Sean and Dan – and deservedly so – without their help, my readership audience would still be confined to close family and friends. So here I am and here's "A Ripple in Time" once again free to download to your kindle!

A word of warning first though: "A Ripple in Time" isn't solely about the Titanic tragedy, I wanted to explore (in my own clumsy way) a biblical phrase that intrigues me:

 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (King James Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:12)

There's something almost mythical about the Titanic, and most people are aware there were many small errors of judgement that built into a tsunami. With the hindsight we have now, it seems the Titanic's destiny was written in the stars, and was 'meant to be'.

Stephen King's novel "11:22:63" also explores the concept that attempting to tamper with history or fate brings grave consequences. The master story teller chose to use the assassination of John F Kennedy as his pivotal point, for me, the natural choice was the Titanic.

This little story is classed as an action/adventure, but there is something else there too: For the first, and hopefully last time, two of my characters surprised me by doing something they weren't supposed to do: They fell in love.

You can download your free copy by clicking here: "A Ripple in Time".

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