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Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

Category: Book Bub

Allies and Enemies Trilogy

Own books 1-3 of this best selling space opera series at one low price. Includes exclusive content. Hurry! Promotion ends soon!

Buy today from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, GooglePlay, Smashwords and iTunes.

Allies and Enemies: Legacy (Book 4) Available Now!

Allies and Enemies: Legacy (Book 4)

The long-awaited fourth book to the series is now available from your favorite online bookseller. Download it today and join the action! [Amazon, Apple, GooglePlay, B&N, Kobo and Smashwords]

Six years have passed since the war between the three Guilds left its mark on the Reaches. Sela Tyron and partner, Jon Veradin, have forged new lives on a revitalized Hadelia, a planet once enslaved by the cybernetics-obsessed Poisoncry Guild. Haunted by her experience as a Poisoncry prisoner, Sela crusades to erase the dangerous legacy left behind by Poisoncry. When a deadly conspiracy reveals a heart-wrenching betrayal, the Fates offer Sela the revenge she craves. But there’s a cost…

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Released from her forced service as Defensor to the Ironvale Guild, Erelah Veradin Corsair only wants to raise her daughter on Narasmina in peace and safety. Too bad, the rest of the universe didn’t seem to get her memo. When an alien force threatens her world, Erelah must team up with a barely tolerated figure from her past to defend her family.

Pre Order Allies and Enemies: Legacy, Book 4 today from Amazon.

Allies and Enemies: Fallen – Special Price Promotion

While we await the release of the audiobook version of Allies and Enemies: Fallen, I thought I’d do a little price drop on the ebook. It’s newly revamped and updated as well.

It’s now released on multiple platforms like all the other books in the series. So if your flavor is iBooks, Kobo, GooglePlay or good old Kindle, chances are there’s a format for your ebook reader.

Because I’m SO helpful, here are links to all the retailers. (You’re welcome.)

Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble/Nook | iTunes | GooglePlay | Smashwords

Check back soon for updates on the audibook release and a chance to win a free copy!

Hey, Bub! Get a Book Bub!

I’ve become obsessed with landing a BookBub deal for  Allies and Enemies. At the time of this writing, I’m still waiting to hear about my latest deal submission. (So, fingers crossed on that, ok?) Anyway, I owe some of this obsession to the recent post over at Dave Chesson’s Kindlepreneur site. [Excellent place to check out info on self-publishing and run by a super nice dude, BTW.] I can’t be alone when I ponder the questions: who is/are Book Bub? Why are they so powerful?

So let’s unpack this. I’m going to preface this by saying, that I based this post off the bit of research I did online. According to their own site, Book Bub (founded in 2012 and based in the US) is ” a free service that helps millions of readers discover great deals on acclaimed ebooks while providing publishers and authors with a way to drive sales and find new fans. Members receive a personalized daily email alerting them to the best free and deeply discounted titles matching their interests as selected by our editorial team. BookBub works with all major ebook retailers and devices, and is the industry’s leading ebook price promotion service.”

Their power comes from the ability to churn out quality recommendations on ebooks to its commanding number of subscribers (I’ve seen one reference that said it was 2 million and another that said 4 million.) The subscribers count on BookBub to pre-screen (through an increasingly arduous system) the books that they promote. This is admirable. No one wants to be spammed about book offers that don’t interest them and/or lack quality. So, from the avid ebook reader’s viewpoint, Book Bub is a great deal. You learn about great new books in exchange for BookBub knowing your email addy. BookBub earns its bread by charging publishers for access to a well-cultivated email marketing blast that translates to some pretty good sales numbers. The allure to the indie author is that getting a single BookBub promo can catapult your sales and shove you into some higher rankings on the ‘Zon. For an indie author, the prices of this service may seem steep, but the thought is that the results are truly worth it (cause we’re talking big sales numbers).

I’m not going to repeat the contents from the Kindlepreneur post. (You can visit the link above to check it out.) But I will say it’s all common sense. In order to get a BookBub for your book, you have to offer a quality product. Do you have a good cover? Is your book professionally edited? Those are just the basics. (There are a few more too.) The rest floats around in the realm of “stuff out of your control”. The folks at BookBub have to wade through a lot of other authors and publishers clamoring for their attention on a deal.

But there is one over-arching element to the whole process. Persistence. One indie author acquaintance whom I’ve chatted with suggests setting it up on your calendar “submit deal to BookBub”. If you have a quality book and you are honestly hitting all the “marks”, then it’s a question of patience.  Good luck. (And wish me luck too!) Maybe I’ll see you in a BookBub, bub. 🙂

Break Time is Over!

So, things have been a little quiet on my end.

Truth be told: I needed a vacation after my vacation. I took a mental holiday from writing for a while. For non-writers, it might be a little hard to imagine writing as stressful. What can be the big deal? Just sit at a keyboard and write. It’s not rocket science. Unless, of course, you’re writing about rocket science.

But when you’re indy published like me, there’s a constant battle between creativity and productivity/self-promoting. How do you find time for both? When do you know which is more important? I see fellow indy writers churning out book after book and rocketing to the top of the charts while I work at a comparative snail’s pace. Book Bub ads get handed out like candy to others when I just get vaguely-worded rejection emails. Adding to this crisis were a few unpleasant encounters with troll-ish Amazon reviews and poor reception to Allies and Enemies: Rogues.

It made me question if I had what it takes to be a “real” writer and left me in a head space that wasn’t a very nice place to be.

I had to take a step back and decide what kind of writer I wanted to be. Is my goal really to churn out a book a month like some of “book factory”? Where do I want to focus my time and energy… writing or promoting?

In the end, I know I’d be happier just writing. Maybe I’ll sell a few less books, but the ones that I do sell will be better constructed, polished stories of which I can be proud.

Allies and Enemies will continue. I’m working on a revised plot for book 3, Allies and Enemies: Exiles. It might end up being uber-long… which I hope isn’t a bad thing.

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