Friday, May 5, 2017

Books Sold By Author

I had three book signing events last month. I have one scheduled for each of the next four months and will be looking for additional venues where I can sell books during that time as well.

After that, I will be traveling some. But, even while vacationing, I look for ways to peddle my books. For example, we will be in Hilton Head for a week in September so I'm looking for places there. Last year when we were there I learned the two bookstores had closed. This time, I will look for other retail stores.
  
Before they went out of business, I did several book signings at the local bookstore in Georgetown. The first time I was there, I bought a nice ad in the local paper to announce the event. I sold 18 books and the bookstore owner was thrilled. We had agreed on a 60/40 split. I provided the books. She sold the books for full price plus sales tax and I got 60 percent of the selling price for each book. The only problem was the ad cost was about $200 and my income for the books was $172.

After six years of experience, I've learned to use advertising carefully. However, I learned also that ads a provide may provide future sales. Only recently, I had a call from someone wanting me to talk to a group and sell books afterwards. I learned they called because they saw an ad I'd posted in the local paper announcing another book signing. I agreed to talk and sold 14 books.

There are many places to consider when scheduling book signings. In the past, and perhaps still for some known authors, the ideal place for such events was at bookstores. I've done that a few times. However, there are no bookstores where I live and I haven't considered those in nearby Austin, Texas recently. When my first book came out in 2010, I held a book signing in the largest independent bookstore in Austin, Bookpeople. Only once. At that time, the fee for a book signing was $200. It is probably more now. Even at that I had to wait until they had another author to share the time slot with me. It turned out our target readers were about as far apart as possible. Some of my friends who were there were shocked by what the other author was selling.

So, you can set up book signing events at book stores and personal appearances. Usually, at the personal appearance, you will be expected to give a talk first. Many want to know how to write a book and get it published. At my last two talks, I told how to convert personal experiences into novels.

Another venue for book signings is any retail business. I've been using a local market that is connected to a restaurant. I've also done book signings at pharmacies. These places usually charge a fee. The market, for example, charges $30 for a three-hour slot. They provide a table and that’s about all. What I've done is work with two friends and we each pay $10. This makes it easier to make a profit.

Sid Frost and D.A. Featherling
Choose people to share the table with you who have similar target readers. In my case, I team up with my two critique partners. I know their books because I've read them. If one person wants to take a break, the other two can sell the person's books.

We all help promote the event by inviting our friends on. I have put an ad in the local paper for some of these shared events, but not all.

The market is good because people come and go all the time we are there. It is located near the center of the town and we pick the one Saturday of the month when there are activities going on that will draw a larger audience. We alternate times, 10 to 1 or 12 to 3. The market closes at 3.

Selling in this way allows us to adjust the price of the books. My books sell for $12.95. For these events, I changed the price to $9.24. That may seem odd. However, I must collect sales tax which is 8.25 percent. In this case, the tax is 76 cents which makes the total exactly $10.00. This makes it easier to make change.

We use a common bank and accept cash, credit cards, and checks. Customers can select books from more than one of us and pay for all purchases together. They seem to enjoy that.

I have recently started selling Kindle edition claim codes. I must buy them first from Amazon, then prepare a printed claim certificate to sell. I have sold five, four at one event and one at another, so it is too early to see how well this will work. Watch for more about this approach to selling.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Vengeance Squad Goes to Germany--Description


Chris McCowan believed his wife Angela had been abducted, but he had no way of being sure. She was an MI6 agent and routinely didn't check in with him for weeks. His intuition told him something was different this time.

 He was an American computer scientist living in Angela's home in Bath, England. He worked on cyber security for the FBI, and he'd had investigated missing people before. While illegally analyzing FBI computer communications with MI6, he found a reference to an agent missing and per the faintly encrypted description, the missing person could only be Angela.

What to do? She'd made him promise to never go looking for her if she was missing. A promise he couldn't keep. Chris activated the Vengeance Squad. Tex, one of his students who understood the seedier side of the world and Liz, the retired librarian who could find the resources needed to carry out a search anywhere in the world. They'd worked together before and had successfully completed the missions.

A clue that takes them to a refugee camp in Berlin where they are joined by Heinz, a German translator. Liz's financial backers provide a bookmobile outfitted with the latest technology to help find Angela. When they finally find her, they must convince her to leave her captors.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Name This Mystery

My friend and critique partner D.A. Featherling thinks my favorite book, Love Lives On, isn't selling because of the title.

Is she right?

I'll send a free Kindle edition to anyone who will read it and suggest a title. If your title suggestion is selected, I'll send you a free paperback of the book with its new title and your name added to the acknowledgements.

To get your free copy of Love Lives On, signup on the right side of the screen to follow this blog.

D.A. suggested Shadows From Her Past, so you can't use that one.

If you'd rather buy your own, click on one of the links below.

US: Love Lives On
UK: Love Lives On

If you want to read more about the book, check the reviews below:

LOVE LIVES ON AMAZON REVIEWS

Date
Review
April 5, 2016
I was fascinated with how Karen and Brian's "love" turned out. The story kept me interested from the beginning. I am reading Where Love Once Lived right now. It is just as good! I would definitely recommend this author.

January 12, 2015
The story was very easy reading. It had a few twists and turns that made me not want to put it down. I read it in me day. I had to see what would happen next. Great book.

August 8, 2014

Nice story. Liked the Christian theme. Choppy in many places but overall an interesting story. I had a hard time identifying with Brian, and what his life might have been like before and how he earned his money. Loved the book mobile idea!

June 18, 2014

I have read all three of Mr. Frost's books and enjoyed them all. What I liked best was that they and 'Love Lives On; were easy reading and they were clean in language. I hope he has more of the same come out.

June 11, 2014

I enjoyed the mystery of this book and the way the daughter accepted the parent as her own. It showed how God works everything out in your life if you put him first and try to do his will. I will read the other books by Sidney W. Frost.

June 8, 2014

The book is written about people of faith and way they were tested. The book shows how prayer blended them though people were trying to hurt them.

August 26, 2013
Really good story, I enjoyed it greatly, would like to read more by this author.
July 27, 2013
The other reviews have done justice to sharing the themes and plots. I just finished reading this book today and felt compelled to give my opinion. It is well done at every level that a book needs to earn five stars: plot, character development, pace, editing, etc. If you are a fan of Christian fiction, this needs to be in your library. Bravo again, Mr. Frost. Keep 'em coming.
July 13, 2013
I hadn't read the first book and started reading this one without knowing it was a sequel. The characters develop and you care about them fairly quickly. It has enough information that you understand most of the book fairly well without reading the other book. I didn't love it, but I certainly liked it.
July 8, 2013
Well written and well thought out. it was a pleasant read and something to relax to after a long day. Check it out!
July 3, 2013
Love Lives On by Sidney W. Frost is an excellent book to read which I could not put down. This Christian novel is full of intrigue and mystery with a little biblical life lessons mixed in.

The author did an excellent job of developing a storyline that was both believable and real. It was easy to follow the story even with all the exciting twist and turns. I really got into the story and identified with the help faith provide.

Sidney W. Frost made his characters in this book very real and easy to identify with. I love when I can put myself into a story and follow the characters as they move along.

I also liked the way Sidney wove biblical truths into the story without being over-bearing with them. He showed how faith carried this newlywed couple through their trails.

I really enjoyed Love Lives On by Sidney W. Frost and I highly recommend this book to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
June 13, 2013
Karen Williams and Brian Donelson finally stand before friends and family to tie the knot, a step that was missed earlier in life. The ceremony is barely over when Karen is served with a notice that she is being sued. Further secrets barge into the lives of the happy couple forcing them to evaluate their decision to wed.
Love Lives On is the third book written by Sid Frost that introduces us to the Vengeance Squad, a group of people who help research information to solve problems in the lives of the people who hire them. Karen and Brian seek their help in discovering the answers they need so they can get on with their life together.
I love the characters in Frost's books. they are believable, vulnerable, and strong faith walkers. The story spins and weaves, drawing readers in. It's a great read, entertaining, and thought provoking.
June 9, 2013
This excellent novel certainly starts with a bang - 54-year-old divorcee Karen is getting married to her former college sweetheart. Suddenly a process server arrives on the scene and hands her an envelope. Someone is suing her.

This book is part thriller, part romance. It is also a book about two flawed souls, and about the grace of a mighty God working in their lives.

The author draws readers into the action with richly drawn characters, fine writing and a fast-paced story. I have read and enjoyed Sid Frost's previous novels, and have no hesitation in also recommending this one.
May 21, 2013
This book is a sequel to the book Where Love Once Lived. It has come out in time for all of those who are looking for another book to add to their summer reading list.

I don't want to give the story away so I will do my best to list the ingredients and let the reader decide if it is their kind of read.

This is a story about Liz and Brian. They were in love when they were young. The story that comes before this one tells of their separation and eventual reunion. This one starts where the other leaves off.

Liz and Brian are on their wedding day. It is supposed to be a day of joy and love and happiness and a court summons....what?

That's what Liz receives on her wedding day. She is being sued by a woman she never met for child support for a child she never bore or reared. Needless to say, this puts a damper on wedding romance.

This is a nice short story, involving real people with real problems. How do they cope? How do they work together? Is God involved in our lives at all? Can we trust Him to see us through every problem? These are questions that Liz and Brian learn to answer.
April 29, 2013
In "Love Lives On", the second in the Christian Bookmobiles series, Sidney W. Frost continues to develop the story of star-crossed lovers Brian Donelson and Karen Williams introduced in "Where Love Once Lived". Problems arise in the opening pages at Brian and Karen's wedding. An unexpected lawsuit awakens unhappy memories in Karen's past, and dealing with it causes conflict in their new marriage. A mysterious photographer trails them on their honeymoon; the driver of a black pickup terrorizes Karen. The suspense continues to build to a satisfying climax. Frost has the knack of moving the plot along with both mysterious and humorous incidents. His characters leap from the pages as real people with distinct personalities. Brian and Karen, two intelligent, loving, devoutly Christian, yet flawed individuals, have the maddening propensity for failing to share vital information in a professed effort to "protect" each other. Brian must come to accept Karen's desire to be independent, to follow her sense of what God is telling her. Members of the Combine and Liz, the lovable librarian, are back, along with Liz's team from Frost's "The Vengeance Squad." Though written as a sequel, "Love Lives On" stands alone as a thoroughly entertaining read.
April 28, 2013
I loved this book! What a fun combination to put romance and thriller together!

The romance part was very sweet. I thought Sid did a wonderful job of dealing with the real-life reactions and issues a couple in their "mature years" would encounter--aging parents, children on their own, crazy ex-partners all while trying to have a honeymoon! He skillfully helps the reader feel the tension of the main characters as they put their college romance back together after a 30-year separation. A separation that was unnecessary if they had only talked to each other at the time!

You worry with them over things not said that should have been--an old pattern they both want not to follow them into this relationship. You feel the angst of trying to protect each other. Both main characters are aware of their knee jerk reactions and the effects on the other and yet, it still happens. Sid effortlessly weaves their faith into the dialogue so that it adds to the overall story. I appreciated that forgiveness, kindness, thoughtfulness and faith was consistent throughout their daily lives; it wasn't just a Sunday thing or turned to only in an emergency.

The thriller part? It kept me coming back. :) Just when you think life is going to settle and they can major on the romance another curve ball! And isn't that life? You can't leave Karen hanging upside down in her seatbelt! You have to know how all this crazy stalking ends so these people can have their honeymoon!

The writing -- It is a good writer who can put you in his characters' shoes so that you feel their experiences! The action kept going. Secondary characters received adequate development so that you felt you knew them as well, and maybe even understood them in a way. I didn't feel the story line ever went flat and the editing was excellent. You pulled for the good guys and wanted to put the bad guys away! A nice ending leaves you wondering if there is one more coming.

It's an excellent read for those who like thrillers, or romance or both! I will be recommending Sid as an author. Everything he has written has been well done. I give it 5 stars!
April 27, 2013
Although this book is clearly a continuation of Frost's earlier Where Love Once Lived and brings back some characters from The Vengeance Squad it is a fully complete standalone novel. In the first few episodes of Love Lives On the story itself quickly and thoroughly introduces main characters, establishes the setting and sets the tone and pace (fast) for the novel. But, for anyone who enjoyed the first two this new one will be an absolute delight.

To avoid giving anything away I'm not going to comment on the plot's twists, turns and surprises but I do want to observe that the writing is solid throughout and the dialogs are exceptionally effective. Character's fears, aspirations, intentions, attractions and feelings are often revealed by what the characters do and say. Rarely does the narrator tell us what the actors motivations or expectations are. In general, the verbal interactions are natural, believable and totally in character. A consequence of this is a tendency for the reader to forget they are reading and to just absorb the story. Speaking as a reader that is great fun.
April 23, 2013
Love Lives On is a very surprising book with many unexpected twists in it, and of course it has the bookmobile in it, and the Squad in it. And a very unusual love story. In a few places the story got confusing to me. The overall story was fast paced, suspenseful, and a great read
April 17, 2013
You'll want to read both novels Where Love Once Lived and Love Lives on. Though both books can be read alone, if you're like me, you'll want to know more about what happens to the characters. I love series.

You first meet Karen in Where Love Once Lived along with other characters who show up in Love Lives on as friends who help her in her time of need. Love Lives On evoked emotions and made me laugh and cry at times. About midway, I didn't want to stop reading because I wanted to see what happened, and I had to make myself put down the book and go to bed with only five remaining chapters, which I quickly finished at my next opportunity.

Karen's life becomes endangered and so do others as they try to help her, especially her friend, Cathy. I loved the way the ending wove together for a surprise with forgiveness and God's purpose, as Karen insisted on discovering. While she could have chosen to throw money at problems to make them disappear as her new husband Brian offered to do more than once, she refused to do so because she wanted to know the whys and God's purpose. Why did God allow her to be sued? What possible good could come out of it?

I won't include spoilers, but I'll just say that much good overcame evil. I also loved how the author illustrated how easy it sometimes is to con trusting or vulnerable women. There's more than one surprise in this work of art. There is foreshadowing along the way. This novel takes you on an adventure and a journey. I've never read one about Germany, a place I've never been. I found the places visited on their honeymoon interesting.

To describe Love Lives on in a sentence, I'd say Love Lives on is a novel of love, learning to trust, and forgiveness. The ending was touching, and I loved it. There are some page-turning exciting incidents along the way as well. Grab both reads and enjoy them as I did.
April 17, 2013
A sequel to Where Love Once Lived was highly anticipated by me. Being curious as I am, I simply had to know what would be happening in the characters' lives. Love Lives On answered the questions in my mind, with humor, a bit of romance and much mystery. Sidney blended the stories and characters into an exciting novel.

The occurrences in Love Lives On are very "real to life", and I am sure most readers will find themselves somewhere in the book; most could happen to anyone in one form or another. Yet, the manner which Sidney wrote this story, had me sitting on the "edge of my chair" at times. The characters blended so well; some the reader will like, dislike or plain "yell out loud" at the nasty things they may do or say.

Love Lives On brings hope, love, forgiveness and faith to the reader. I highly recommend this book, and anticipate the continuing adventure of Karen and Brian in the next novel.
April 15, 2013
What I love about Sid's work is that he explores relationships between older people. How do those of us experience life from the point of having "been there and done that"? We approach life with certain expectations and experiences, and when we embark on a new relationship, how do we meld what we are with another person? And when crises hit, as they inevitably do, how do we chose to allow our spouse to help us, or can we learn to respond in a new way?

Love Lives On pulls together characters from Sid's other series to help Karen and Brian when she's sued in an emotionally and financially-draining frivolous lawsuit immediately after the wedding ceremony. Karen and Brian must figure out how to work together when aspects of the lawsuit become threatening to their physical welfare, as well as when an unexpected health crisis strikes Brian's family. I loved their honeymoon in Europe - I felt like I was there with them. Sid allows both Karen and Brian to tell the story from their perspectives. There's drama, there's romance, there's barbecue, there's danger and excitement...what's not to love?

Sid's story-telling comes from his personal experiences which he lovingly transfers to his characters. Karen and Brian are real people who learn to rely on each other besides the God whom they both trust. Don't we all want a piece of that?
April 13, 2013
"My reading had pretty much been confined to books about investing, computers, or medical science. That all changed when I learned about the books written by Sid Frost. I have just completed reading his most recent work "Love Lives On". The story is quite interesting and I really enjoy the way that he uses real places from the Austin area and his use of characters that we have gotten to know from his previous books. The mystery and surprises keep coming, right up to the final page."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Review for Murder in Sun City


Here is the latest review for Murder in Sun City:

I just finished Murder in Sun City. It is a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it. I liked how I could not figure out who did what and how it would end. It truly was a mystery! Congratulations on a job well done.


https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Sun-City-Sidney-Frost-ebook/dp/B0186HDTBU/

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Two Christian Bookmobile Novels Discounted for Limited Time

Two of the bestselling Christian Bookmobile novels are temporarily selling at Amazon for 99 cents. 


Books on Sale
Regular
Price
Discount
Price
Discount
End Date
Murder in Sun City
$3.99
$0.99
12/31/2016
Love Lives On
$3.99
$0.99
11/28/2016

This time of the year you may want to buy a paperback edition for a gift. All of the books are available on Amazon for $12.95. 

Locally, you can buy the paperbacks for $10.00 at this locations:

Lizabeth Franklin
Licensed Massage Therapist
205 East University
Suite 163
Georgetown, Texas 
512-775-9580
(call first)

Gus's Drug
702 E University Ave
Georgetown, Texas
512-863-2506
Books available at all times when store is open
December 17, 2016 
Booksigning
10:00 to Noon 

Monument Market
500 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, Texas
December 3, 2016
Book Signing
1-4 pm


Monday, November 14, 2016

Four Bookmobile Books Discounted

I scheduled four of my popular Bookmobile books for the Kindle discount promotion. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell anyone. Although there is still time to send out announcements, I didn't want you to have to go to four different places to find them all. So, they're all listed below with dates and savings. Pick any or all.

Books
Regular
Price
Discount
Price
Discount
End Date
Murder in Sun City
$3.99
$0.99
12/31/2016
The Vengeance Squad
$3.99
$0.99
11/20/2016
The Vengeance Squad Goes to England
$3.99
$0.99
11/21/2016
Where Love Once Lived
$3.99
$0.99
11/20/2016


Monday, April 11, 2016

COTT: Sneak Peak at Salsa and Speedbumps by Susan M. Baganz

One moment of sin leads to a path of pain . . . and unexpected love.

Welcome to Stephanie and Roberto's story! They have serious chemistry, but how many hurdles can they overcome? Both fun and deeply moving, this book will engage you from the start. Here's what readers have to say:


Fantastic read. Riveting from cover to cover. Susan has great storytelling skills that speak volumes. Although the book itself is fiction it did bring to the forefront the reality and seriousness of human trafficking.
Althea Zamzow (Amazon Review)

This book skillfully handles many issues in today’s society: date rape, addiction to pain killers, kidnapping, human trafficking, and the mafia. The well-written story keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and the book is hard to put down. How much more can Robbie and Stephanie take before they’re broken apart by life’s circumstances?
Victoria Pitts Caine (Amazon Review)

Listen in on a conversation from the book:


“Christmas is just around the corner.”
“Really? I hadn’t noticed.”
“Come on, dad and I didn’t do too bad getting a tree up and decorated.”
“You did a fine job. Much better than I could have managed with my bulging belling getting in the way.”
“I happen to be fond of your bulging belly. Reminds me of Santa Claus.”
“Very funny.” She snuggled up to Robbie’s side. “If you had a wish for Christmas, what would it be?”
“That forty years from now I would be as in love with you as I am today.”
Stephanie smiled. “I like that.”
“Did you have Christmas wish?”
“Mine wasn’t big enough.”
“What was it?”
“Really? You will laugh at me.”
“Really, I want to know.”
“I want a puppy.”
“A puppy.”
“Yes, a puppy.”
“We may need to wait awhile for that one. Dogs are not allowed on our lease.”
“I know, but you asked. Wishes don’t have to be realistic.”
“No, they don’t. But how about I lick your face and pant in your ear. Will that do in the meantime?”
Stephanie grinned and gave her husband a kiss, “Oh, that will do.”

So where did this story come from? 

Susan, can you tell us what inspired you to write Salsa and Speedbumps?


The title was suggested by a friend after I wrote the first draft of Pesto & Potholes. I hadn’t really thought of writing a second novel but figured Renata’s roommate, Stephanie, who seemed to have things all together, might need to have her world shaken up a bit. I also knew someone who had been a victim of a date rape but those were words not really used much years ago. She kept the baby, met a great guy, became a Christian and married after the child was born. He adopted the little girl. And Roberto . . . well, I had to get some salsa in there somewhere so having a Hispanic character seemed a good way to do that along with busting some stereotypes about that culture in the process. Roberto’s back issues . . . well, I’ve struggled some with that but have known people with far worse pain like what he experiences . . . so he struggles with an issue many people have but don’t talk about, intense pain while recovering from an addiction to narcotics. The story became far more intense than I ever anticipated too and the heat between Roberto and Stephanie starts to build pretty early in the story.

The bigger question other than the issues was how does a Christian woman and man stay true to their faith and have integrity when life throws curveball after curveball their way. How do they navigate a relationship in the midst of those trials as well? It was fun to explore.




About the book:


Stephanie’s life hits a speedbump in the wake of her boyfriend’s sin. Splitting up with him, she faces a future of difficult choices shaded in shame. She wants to do what is right but the new man in her life leaves her fantasizing about a future that is now beyond her grasp.

Roberto finds his heart and professional world turned upside down by the beautiful bombshell. He struggles with his own inner demons and past so he’s not about to cast stones. When he is accused of immoral behavior, and temptation haunts him from every side, can he stand true to the calling God has given him?

Joining forces to face the future though comes at a high cost for them both as their individual pasts rise up to destroy them and their relationship. Integrity comes with a high price tag. With a deep faith in God and the help of friends at Orchard Hill Church, can they find happiness and love they long for?

Find the book on Amazon



Meet the author: 

Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.

Susan speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. She serves behind-the-scenes in various capacities at her church as well as on the board of the local ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writer’s) chapter. Her favorite pastimes are lazy ones—snuggling with her dog while reading a good book, or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.

You can learn more by following her blog www.susanbaganz.com, her twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page, www.facebook.com/susanmbaganz/me