For them that’s wondering (and have been hiding under a stone for the last week while I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops) – the free promotion of ‘That Bear Ate My Pants!’ was a huge success. Okay, that’s not big enough; it was a



In total, 22,701 people downloaded a copy of the book – that’s Twenty-two thousand, seven-hundred and one for those who prefer text to figures.

I rose as high as no.9 overall in the free charts, and held onto the coveted no.1 spot overall on for most of the day!

I’m over the moon. Obviously! Which is why I’d decided to write this post, thanking everyone who helped me to spread the word, and helped made this day the incredible trip that it was.

Here’s a screenshot I’m particularly fond of:

Humor bestseller list
'That Bear Ate My Pants!' at No.1 in humour!

I took dozens of them! But this one, showing me at the top of the ‘humor’ category in – the world’s biggest bookshop – just blew my mind.

So, without further ado, here is the Roll of Honour:

Twitter Followers:

A MASSIVE THANK-YOU to everyone who mentioned, re-tweeted and followed me over the two days. Messages were flying back and forth, so it didn’t occur to me ‘till after it was all over to do a search for ‘That Bear Ate My Pants’ – and there were hundreds of Tweets in that list, all from people who don’t even know me on Twitter!

So here is my list of Top Tweeters, by no means an exclusive list – just a few good souls who seemed to be working hard on my behalf  :0)

@JoeVampireBlog (Steven Luna)

@fuentes_kate1 (Kate Fuentes)

@KatherynLane (Katheryn Lane)

@mad_gods (Athanasios)

@vickiejohnstone (Vickie Johnstone)

@emeraldkell (Allison Bruning)

@stantondaniel (Daniel Stanton)

@DavidAntrobus (David Antrobus)

@jacquehopkins (Jacqueline R Walton)

@unknown_templar (John Paul Davis)

@GerberMgerber (M.H. Gerber)


@KristineCayne (Kristine Cayne)

@rennabruce (Renna Bruce)

@judith_price (Judith Price)

@christinenolfi (Christine Nolfi)

@roberto_baggins (Rob Powell)

@DavinaPearson (Davina Pearson) – Nomad!

@sandranorval (Sandra Noval)

@Flickimp (Imran Siddiq) – Nomad!

Please share the love by following these awesome people!

I’d like to say a specific thank-you to ‘Joo’, a reviewer and active member of the UK Kindle Forums, for being a one-woman promo army!


Facebook Groups:

(that didn’t kick up too much of a fuss when I posted my link on their Wall! – please note, if doing this yourself – I checked all their guidelines and/or websites first, where I could find ‘em)


And finally, the Big Guns:

(When these people say they’ll tell everyone – they really tell EVERYONE!)

Melissa Foster of the World Literary Cafe

Steve WindTalker of Kindle Nation Daily

Anthony Wessel of Digital Book Today

Phil Torcivia of the Kindle Daily Deal

Elizabeth Trudgeon Brown of the Frugal E-Reader

Ricci of FreeBookSy

Holly Bourque of Bargain eBook Hunter

Jack and Shaina of IndieBooksList

Sharon Rosen of Pixel Of Ink

Greg of Ereader News Today

And the team at Kindle On The Cheap

If you’re about to do a free day and you need the world to know – THIS is who you’re gonna call!

Thanks for reading folks. I know this isn’t my usual style of blog post – no swearing for starters, AND no pictures of me naked – sorry ‘bout that. Business shall resume as normal from next week  :0)

I love you all!


21 thoughts on “THANK-YOU!!!

  1. lol no worries mate! You’re a hell of a writer and one hell of a good bloke so well worth supporting. It’s a pleasure 🙂

  2. Tony,

    Congrats on your success. Thanks for submitting, and we look forward to having you back when you write your next book.


    1. Oh, I’ll be there Jack! Indie Books List was instrumental in propelling me up that free list, and it’s getting up there that is helping me now – when the sales actually bring in money! Thanks so much, and I’ll be sure to mention Indie Books List whenever I can!

  3. Thanks for the mention buddy. You’re a true star and deserve all the success that comes your way! All the very best with it all. I’ll get a review up as soon as I’ve read it too.

    1. Cheers Anthony! Yeah, David’s blog is HUGE these days eh! I never miss it. Mine isn’t much to do with writing, it’s normally… well, eclectic would be the polite phrase! Or bloody ridiculous, which is what everyone else calls it :0)
      Thanks for the shout-out on promo day – I think I still owe you an interview!
      What a success it was… thanks again mate. Couldn’t have done it without ya!

  4. Congratulations! This is amazing. When my mystery/suspense novel hit #44 I thought I was going to have a heart attack! What a great feeling. Wish you tons of continued success and thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Pam! Yeah, it’s the best feeling in the world, eh! I love so many things about rising up the charts – it’s exciting in itself, and I have a competitive streak so I love to see the numbers improving! But best of all, it means people are reading my work! And they must be telling their friends about it too, as I’ve not tumbled back into obscurity just yet… Great news!
      Mystery/suspense has a much bigger market than my kind of books, so the competition must be much harder – I’m no.1 in my category, but then how many books really are there in Travel/Latin America/Ecuador??! Not more than about 30 I imagine!
      Keep up the good work Pam, stick at it eh! Best of luck,

  5. Wow, thank you Tony.
    I just popped over here as I was talking to my father-in-law about your book as he’s 2/3 through it and enjoying it and I saw your lovely thank you.

    So thank you for thanking me for thanking you for writing a fab story.

    I was kind of inking about you when I was watching Meet The Sloths on Animal Planet the other day. 🙂

    1. Awesome! Well thank-you for your comment… right, your turn again :0)
      Yeah, you did me a real favour (or a series of them) with all your promotion, posting messages on the other forum and generally spreading the word. That’s so great! I have no way of measuring what effected what and had what results, but I can be sure that without you flying my flag during the free promotion I wouldn’t have got as many downloads as I did – meaning I wouldn’t have got the rank I did, which led to the visibility which led to more downloads… and eventually sales! So, once again, from the bottom of my heart – THANK-YOU JOO!!!
      Ps. I LOVE Animal Planet! I love all the Nat. Geo. channels (I’m an obsessive documentary watcher), but you can’t beat the natural world in HD!

    1. Cheers mate! Yeah, EVERYONE should follow those folks! They’ve been so good to me, I reckon anyone would benefit from making friends with these individuals. But treat ’em nice, eh!

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