How Did You Discover My Books?

One of the challenges of being an independent writer is that I don’t have a marketing department. All my marketing comes from my own efforts, or the efforts of you wonderful people who have read my books and spread the word.

Because I would rather spend my time writing and getting more books out, I need to make sure that my marketing efforts are as targeted as possible.  So to that end, would like to ask those of you who have made it here to my humble blog how you discovered Threads That Bind or Unbound: 

  • A friend or relative
  • Another blog (i.e. eReader News Today or Pixels of Ink) that listed when TTB was free
  • Browsing the Top 20 (or 100) free kindle books on Amazon
  • A recommendation from Amazon
  • Saw it listed as customers who bought X book also bought Y book.
  • Some other way entirely.

If you would be willing to share with me how you found out about my books, I would greatly appreciate it. You can either post in the comments, or you can use the form on the Contact page to send me a message.  Either way I greatly appreciate it. This information will help me know where to concentrate my marketing efforts to get the most results for my time and money. Thanks!

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32 Responses to How Did You Discover My Books?

  1. rebecca says:

    I found your first book through the free kindle books and tips app. Downloaded the first book, fell in love, bought the second, anxiously awaiting the third!!!! Your great

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Rebecca! That is very helpful. I am working on book 3 and am considering posting a draft of chapter 1 sometime in the near future to tide you over. 🙂

  2. ~Kim says:

    Another blog. Not sure which one, as I have four or five “free Kindle books” blogs I check regularly.

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Kim! I suspect there will be quite a few who found me through one of the free blogs. I appreciate the response!

  3. Kay says:

    Facebook recommendation from my brother, Evan. He has good tastes in books. He’s also a friend of yours as well I believe. Great series! Eagerly awaiting the third!!

  4. Jena says:

    My Mom checks over the free kindle book list almost daily. She read the description and thought I would enjoy and she downloaded the first book during your giveaway. I was instantly hooked and immediately purchased Book 2, can’t wait for Book 3!! Great characters and storyline! Thanks for sharing, love reading some of your inspirations for ideas (especially the love spoon).

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Jena! I’m glad you like hearing the inspirations behind the ideas. I will continue to post more of those. Let me know if you have anything in particular you are curious about.

  5. Bernadette says:

    Found it on kindle recomendations. It wasnt free though, i GLADLY paid for it after getting lost in the sample! And was thankful i did. I was a new kindle owner and it was my second book! Your great! I spread the word. Still anxiously but somehow patiently awaiting the third! And hopefully not final.

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Bernadette! I appreciate you spreading the word. I love hearing that! You ask an interesting question about the third being the last. I do know how the series will end. It is possible that it will be done in this book, but things come up as I write that sometimes surprise even me. (I’ll blog about the surprise I got with Madison’s father sometime.) So, I can’t say for sure it will be the last book, but it very well may. (But I remain open to the possibility of further adventures after everything is wrapped up…)

      • Bernadette says:

        All GOOD things come to an end… Its a shame but it somehow ads to the greatness of a book. Makes it more valuable while you are reading. i CERTAINLY treasure reading your books. I have to mentally force myself to stop reading and not read them in three days. Which has been the case with your books. Anyways… GREAT JOB creating a series fans insist on reading!

        • Brant says:

          I love that you have to hold back to not read them so fast. I know I have done that with books I love as well. I’m glad to hear that I have had that effect!

  6. norah says:

    Via free kindle books. Awesome book & thank you for helping me discover Goblin Valley!

    • Brant says:

      Norah, Thanks! I’m glad to hear you like it! I’m also excited that I was able to share Goblin Valley with someone else. I love that place! The first time I went there, I fell in love with it and knew I needed to use it in a book. One of these days I need to get back there. (But not in the middle of the summer – too hot for my Pacific Northwest blood. :))

  7. Judith says:

    Found ‘Threads that Bind’ on Amazon’s Top Free YA books list, which I peruse frequently. Loved it and immediately read ‘Unbound.’ Thanks for the great reads, I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the Havoc Chronicles!

    • Brant says:

      Judith, I’m glad to hear you found my books and liked Threads That Bind enough to go and buy Unbound. I love hearing that! Thanks for reading and letting me know how you heard about the books.

  8. Deanna says:

    I have loved paranormal adventure & romance for decades, & find myself drawn to well-written YA so I can enjoy the books & stories I love without the graphic ‘adult’ scenes found in the paranormal romance genre. I found your book on the FK Books & Tips blog…just finished & I’m still breathing hard from the excitement of the last chapter of Threads that Bind. I’m headed over to Amazon to: 1) leave a 5 star review on Threads…. & 2) purchase Unbound.

    Now if you wouldn’t mind, can you please quit reading this & go finish book 3???

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Deanna! I feel the same way about the adult scenes. I wanted something that I could let my daughters read without feeling uncomfortable. I’m glad there is still a market for that kind of book. I’m also glad to hear that the book is working for you. Thanks for going to purchase Unbound. I think you may even like it better than TTB. 🙂

  9. WOW. I used to like fantasy but I’ve grown away from the genre and more into sci-fi. You good sir have just brought my love of fantasy back out. The funny thing is that I just picked a book I thought I would like for school. I was wrong. I loved it.

    • Brant says:

      Calum – That’s great! I’m glad to hear you liked it and that I was able to bring out your love of fantasy again. Thanks for taking a chance!

  10. I believe I found Threads that Bind from Amazon top 100 free. I am just about to start Unbound, I am super excited! Your book held me entranced from the very beginning, you are a talented writer!

    • Brant says:

      Thanks, Michelle! I’ve been curious to see how many people find the books off of the sites that post free books vs browsing in the top 100 on the kindle store. I’m glad to hear you are going to read Unbound. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Andrea says:

    I found TTB while browsing the Amazon top 100 free list. I downloaded it one night along with several other books. Of that group it was the last one I read. I finished it in half a day and promptly kicked myself for not reading it sooner. As soon as I finished I picked up Unbound and finished it the next day. I. Just. Couldn’t. Stop. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

    • Brant says:

      Hi, Andrea! Thanks for letting me know how you found my books. I’m also glad to hear you liked them! Thanks for reading and then picking up Unbound. That is what I always hope will happen when I do a giveaway of Threads That Bind. I want to hook you enough to get you to buy the next books. 🙂

  12. tobemelanie says:

    Like so many others I found it free on Amazon and was hooked well enough that I read both in 2 days and can’t wait for the next one!

    • Brant says:

      Excellent! I always hope when people get TTB for free that they like it enough to buy Unbound. That means I did my job right!

  13. Amazon recommended this book, and the fact that it was free made me get it! And I’m glad I did! I bought Unbound before I even finished TTB. I cannot wait for book 3!!! Please hurry!! I have a confession: I am in my 30’s and I really enjoy these books!

    There was a similar ‘berserker’ character featured in the Sci-Fi series Lost Girl. This character, however, was pure evil! Unlike our heroine in The Havoc Chronicles.

    • Brant says:

      I like it when Amazon recommends my books to people. And your confession is great. I write this stuff because I love reading it, too. 🙂

  14. Jill says:

    Pixels of Ink is my go-to source. TTB was free, and of course I had to buy Unbound. Trolling (somewhat) patiently for book 3. Have to echo Deanna about appreciating stories without the adult scenes. Side note- “unzerked” really pulled me out of the story, and all the way through book 2 I had to laugh at the word when it was used. Smh. Seemed completely out of place with other language/word choice in the books.

    • Brant says:

      POI is always a great place to find books. When they have listed Threads That Bind it always results in many thousands of extra downloads.

  15. crazy4boys says:

    Found it free on Amazon. Bought the 2nd. Told all my Facebook friends about it and made them read the books too. And here’s a more embarrassing confession than the previous poster…I’m 40 (I hate saying that) and loved the books!

    • Brant says:

      Crazy – That’s great! Word of mouth advertising is the best compliment an author can get. 🙂 As for your age, you shouldn’t be embarrassed at all. There are large groups of adults (myself included) who read YA because we love it. I made sure that when I wrote TTB and Unbound that they would have enough in them to appeal to adults as well as teens. To me, those are the best books – the ones that kids can read, but also have appeal to adults as well. So, I’m glad to hear that it worked out for you! Thanks for reading!

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