• Some Great MarketingTips from Samuel C. Stokes Author of A Coronation of Kings and When The Gods War

    My guest today is Samuel C. Stokes, thank you for answering my questions.

    1. What made you want to write a book?

    I have always enjoyed telling stories and reading great books, so writing came as a natural next step where I could combine many of the things I enjoy. I started my first book years ago but returned to it about 18 months and began writing in earnest. Since then I have published two books and two novellas. I love to write Fantasy adventures but lately, have been considering an idea for an urban fantasy series that I cannot seem to get out of my head. So maybe there will be a little bit of urban fantasy in my future.

    2. Tell us about you and where you live.

    I am a Tax and Business consultant from Brisbane Australia. At the moment my main hobby is Live Action Role Play (or LARP) where I dress up in medieval armour and do battle with my friends and fellow club members (picture attached, I am on the left). I also enjoy eating and sampling foods from other countries. I like to travel but so far have only visited the USA and Japan where I lived for two years. I would love to see Europe, South America and a host of other places. One day I hope to catch the Northern Lights, I think that would be incredible.

    3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

    I write fast paced Fantasy adventures. So far I have written two novels. A Coronation of Kings and When The Gods War. I have just finished the first draft of a novella The Woman In The Wind which will be available in a few months time. The Third Book in my series is also almost complete I am hopeful it will be available by early July. After that, I need to decide what to write as I have ideas for two different trilogies in the same universe. So many ideas but not nearly enough time to write. My biggest challenge is to ensure I spend some quality time at my keyboard every day.

    4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

    Currently I market my books by making the first book in my series, A Coronation of Kings, free on all platforms. I then advertise it using a variety of platforms like Instafreebie to get it into the hands of hungry readers. To date, I've probably distributed almost 20,000 copies and it has helped me develop a great readership. In time I plan to use Amazon and Bookbub ads to help drive sales of my box set that will be released with all 3 titles. I think the biggest challenge for emerging authors is awareness. I think giving away a title for free helps readers try my work without risk. From there they tend to look into my other books. Like most indie authors I am still learning a lot about promotional efforts.

    5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

    My books are available at all major ebook retailers. I will post some links below of how people can find me and my books.

    A Coronation of Kings (Free) -

    Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Coronation-Kings-Samuel-Stokes-ebook/dp/B015TWRVCS

    iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-coronation-of-kings/id1042110200?mt=11

    Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-coronation-of-kings-samuel-stokes/1122682305?ean=2940152364613

    Kobo https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/a-coronation-of-kings

    People can connect with me on:

    My website: http://www.samuelcstokes.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamuelCStokes/

    If there is anything you or your readers would like to know please let me know.

    Kind Regards

    Samuel Stokes

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County Times April 21st 2011

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