A Halloween Story: Blood, Violence, & Amazon Advertising

I’m a fan of Amazon. Usually. But right now I’m pissed.

After hearing recently of the success a fellow self-published author had advertising his book on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. Now, to preface this, I’m not ignorant of the conversation about whether this is an effective method for reaching a wider audience. Hint: a lot of people tend to think it’s not worth it. But this author gave a detailed summary of his methods and the trial and error he went through to find an ad that worked–meaning the right combination of a 150 character pitch, targeted interests, and timing. So I figured that giving Amazon ads a shot using the advice he had to offer wasn’t a bad idea.

I created an ad, hit the submit button, and assumed all would be well. Not so fast. Less than 12 hours later, I had an email telling me that my ad had been rejected because “it clearly shows images of blood or depicts a scene of violence.”

Need a refresher?

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Book 3: Cover Reveal!

I have another gorgeous cover for you. I’ll be honest, this one was difficult. How do you express the culmination of an epic Norse saga in a single image?

Lucky for me, the fine people at Damonza have their ducks in a row. Though it took some trial and error, in the end we got the result I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for.

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Update: The Hills of Home

I received initial designs for cover art for The Hills of Home yesterday and things are looking really, really good.

I got the email while checking on some tickets at the Garrick and had to hold an impromptu huddle on the sidewalk with my friend, and even there, under the bright glare of the sun, within the confines of a phone screen, I was impressed. AND EXCITED.

No sneak peeks, yet, but I promise you’ll get a teaser soon.

It won’t be long before we’re counting down to pre-order and then release!