I'll be speaking Wednesday night at "Local Editions" in Longmont, a new bookstore that exclusively stocks books by Colorado Authors.
I'll talk about The Dinosaur Four, my publishing experiences, my writing process, and whatever else I can come up with. If you're free, stop by for a cup of tea or coffee and check it out!
An Evening to Meet the Authors
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Local Editions Bookstore
2919 17th Avenue
Check out the Event on Facebook for more info.
Local Editions Books and Coffee opens today in Longmont, Colorado. Local Editions will only sell books by Colorado authors.
The Dinosaur Four, which was written in Colorado and takes place in Denver, will be available in paperback.
Be sure to like the Local Editions Facebook page to find out about upcoming author events.
Stop by for a cup of coffee and a great read!
Local Editions Books and Coffee
2919 17th Ave
Longmont, CO 80503
Books to Be Red, on the island of Ocracoke, North Carolina, now has signed copies of The Dinosaur Four available for purchase. Owner Leslie Lanier says the book has been a steady seller. Books to Be Red has a great selection of books, toys, and souvenirs, and Leslie is quick with recommendations.
If you are ever on the Outer Banks, Books to Be Red is worth a trip to Ocracoke. Until then, be sure to like them on Facebook!
I love Jurassic Park and wrote The Dinosaur Four because I believe we always need more stories about dinosaurs eating people. But I wanted something that felt different. The Dinosaur Four features many of the same dinosaurs and there's even a small nod to Jurassic Park in Chapter 31, but there are also many differences. Here are the top 10 differences between Jurassic Park and The Dinosaur Four:
If you're interested in more dinosaur action and adventure, check out The Dinosaur Four at Amazon.
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I recently tested some different ads at Goodreads, and it has been a terrific learning experience.
Goodreads allows you to control how the ads are displayed, and all of mine are targeted toward Goodreads visitors who are fans of the genres and authors shown in the box on the right. Some of these authors wrote books similar to mine, and some are just authors I like.
I spent $50 to set up my marketing campaign at Goodreads, but the money is stored in a pool until users click on the ads. Each click deducts a small amount from my initial contribution.
Goodreads lets you set up multiple ads for one campaign, and that's the interesting part. I wrote different copy for each one and then was able to see which ads were the most effective.
Here are the eleven ads that got clicks ("CTR" = "Click Through Rate):
What's even more interesting, in my opinion, is to see the seven ads that didn't get any clicks:
I have not seen a big jump in sales from running this campaign, but I have learned from it, and that in itself has been valuable.
Which ad do you like the best?
Time travel is tricky! I thought it might be interesting to share a chart that explains the timelines at the end of The Dinosaur Four.
Let me be the first to say that this chart is no alternative for solid, easy-to-follow storytelling. If you found the ending of The Dinosaur Four to be confusing, then I am solely to blame.
Nevertheless, it can be fun to see things charted out!
Don't scroll down unless you have finished reading The Dinosaur Four, because this chart spoils the ending.
The timelines of The Dinosaur Four
Beth dropped her instruments, turned on her heels, and ran, all in one fluid motion. She made it ten feet before the platter and spoon hit the ground. The tyrannosaur stepped onto the mud flat and lowered its jaws toward the girl.
(From a recent visit to the American Museum of Natural history.)
Geoff Jones is the author of the sci-fi thriller