Thursday, July 21, 2016

PLAYING CARDS GIVEAWAY for Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries

It's my pleasure to present a special promotional offer for a set of Playing Cards sporting the cover of Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. The giveaway is good until the end of the month. At this time it's only open to American residents, but not to worry,  I'll host one for Canadian and foreigners later. Enter as many times as you like. Let me know in the comments where you've gone. Thanks!

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Matowak: Woman Who Cries is available for preorder at:

Barnes & Noble


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ask PZM: July 2016 - Free eBook Promotions

Q: Any recommendations for getting out the word about a free ebook promotion without spending a lot on advertising?

In June I ran a 5-day KDP Select free promotion for my Navy thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS (written with my husband Mitchell R. Miller). I decided not to spend a lot of time and money on the promotion and just see what happened.

Google Plus:

I discovered that on Google Plus I was a member of communities on which I could post information about the free promotion.

Why did I not remember this?

Here is the tricky part. Whenever I go to Google Plus to post an update, my account opens in my feed, where I post the update. I rarely go to my Google Plus profile. But I needed to go to the profile to check something, and lo and behold, scrolling down the page (on the right-hand side) I found I belonged to a few communities. And checking these out, I learned I could post my free ebook promotion to some of them.

Here are the three on which I posted and there are surely more that would be appropriate:

Cap'n Joe's #FREE #Promo:

Kindle and eBook Writers And Reviewers:

Kindle Ebook Promoter:

Now will this result in any additional downloads? I have no idea. But it is worth keeping in mind.

Note: Yes, there are tons of Facebook groups on which you can post your free ebook promotion, and I assume many of you know about these groups. I wrote here about the Google Plus communities because I suspect that fewer people know about these posting opportunities.


I wanted to be able to post an update on Goodreads about the free ebook promotion as I had posted such an update on membership sites such as (screenwriting site — see my profile at

Yet I couldn't find a place to post an update on Goodreads because an ebook promotion clearly didn't fit into the "Ask the Author" section.

Then I realized that, although my author blog posts automatically feed into my Goodreads author account, there is the option to add a post right on the account.

So that's what I did — I wrote a post directly on Goodreads announcing the free promotion — see

I found this option on my Goodreads Author Dashboard under “Your Blog” — scroll down to “Write a New Post.” This new post then appeared at the top of the automatic blog post feed from my author blog.

Note: I could have written this post on my blog and had the post automatically feed into Goodreads. But I didn’t want to write the post on my blog for various reasons, so being able to just write the post on Goodreads was very handy.

P.S. And I pinned the LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS book cover from the Amazon Kindle page onto one of my Pinterest boards with the announcement of the free promotion.

Q: Have you tried the Amazon Giveaway program for any of your books or ebooks?

Yes, I have tried the program, choosing to give away ebooks rather than books so that I did not incur shipping costs.

I made a huge error the first time I tried this program: I gave away an ebook to everyone up to my designated number of giveaway ebooks (what Amazon Giveaway calls “First-come, First-served”). This meant the promotion ended almost immediately. I should have done what Amazon Giveaway calls “Lucky Number” (every X entrant wins).

Now, if I were doing a private Amazon Giveaway &dmash; privately sending the URL link only to people whom I wanted to redeem the giveaway — the “First-come, First-served” method would make sense. But this isn’t the right choice for a giveaway whose purpose is to publicly share the giveaway URL in order to get publicity exposure for a book or an ebook. This should be a “Lucky Number” Amazon Giveaway.

FYI — You can use an Amazon Giveaway for almost any product sold on Amazon, not necessarily your own books or ebooks. But obviously for us authors it makes sense to give away our own books. And as we have to buy the ebooks or books via Amazon for the giveaway, we do make back part of the expenditure, depending on our royalty percentage on a particular book or ebook.

Learn more at and, if you have tried an Amazon Giveway, do add your feedback in the comments below.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller on Twitter) blogs on book-related topics at and her fiction ebooks on Amazon can be read for free via a Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription at and her nonfiction ebooks on Amazon can be read for free via a Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription at

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG: A Whine and a Giveaway

It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG

The awesome co-hosts today are:

Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! 

Right from the start, (1987) I became one of those people who couldn't imagine life without a computer or access to the Wide World Web. Consequently, I've never handled "issues" very well. When something goes wrong or I can't get online, my heart jumps into my throat, my neck muscles tighten, my body heat shoots up, and blood rushes to my brain.

I pride myself on keeping calm, I meditate, practise T'chi, but none of that helped last month. June was horrible. I kept getting error messages on "everything." Since downloading El Capitan, my macbook freezes or jumps to the blue screen. Sometimes, it's four or five attempts at resetting the RAM before it will open.

My mac desktop doesn't like El Capitan either and has started doing bizarre things like hiding files, screwing up my word and excel files, freezing, wobbling, and more! To top it off, my blogger blogroll quit. My url no longer points to a valid RSS feed.

I'm embarrassed to admit I spent almost the entire month of June trying to fix the problem. The fact I couldn't fix it left me feeling as if I was starting over as a blogger. Now, when I post something, Feedburner doesn't update anyone's blog, including mine, so none of my readers know I've posted anything. I finally got the subscription to ping, but it's a day late. Did I mention it takes two days to format my posts so they don't look like gibberish when they air? While I'm constructing the post, it keeps warning me that my unsaved changes will be lost if I close. But I don't want to close!

My dictionary is in Russian. Guess what else? My iPhone screen is frozen and won't reset because Mac will no longer recognize it. The numerical pad on my keyboard died. Then there's the issues with Mail. I'll spare you details. Suffice to say, I know I'm going to have to break down and haul my mac and macbook to town, an hour's drive. My biggest fear: he'll say, "Sorry, Lady."

I'm thinking the other solution may be to switch to WordPress, but will that really help? Or will I just transfer the errors over there?

That's my whine for today. Thank you for listening.

Hopefully you've heard we're incorporating a question for those of you stuck on what to write about. This month's question is:

What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I once asked a Vietnam vet, I barely knew, if he'd read a rough copy of my manuscript Kiss of the Assassin to see if the firefight scenes were believable. Part of the story takes place in Cambodia during the war. When he finished, he asked me when I'd been in-country. I walked on clouds for days.

August's question is:  What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Before you go, I have a new novel coming out November 1, 2016, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. There's a book giveaway on Goodreads that I hope you'll check out.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Matowak by Joylene Nowell Butler


by Joylene Nowell Butler

Giveaway ends July 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details

at Goodreads.

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Thanks so much for your support!