I always like to try new ways to market my books, and I especially like free ways to promote the novels. But I’m not always timely. A year ago, when I launched the print version of Sacrifice the Living, the novel became eligible for a Goodreads Giveaway. It was in the back of my mind, but I didn’t get around to reading the Frequently Asked Questions until today, and I discovered that the good people at Goodreads recommend doing a month-long Giveaway contest before a novel is published and a second one several months after it hits the shelves. But better late than never, so I’m giving one a try this month. It’s not really free, because I’ll have to pay postage to mail the signed copies to the ten winners. The up side is that the Goodreads staff say that an average of 60% of contest winners write a review of the novel. That’s what I’m really after, because I’ve had a few good reviews from strangers, so I hopeful that I’ll get six positive reviews. A Quick Note About Reviews: only one friend has ever reviewed one of my novels (unsolicited) and she gave it four stars because she wanted to be honest. My policy, however, is to encourage friends not to review my novels. People are smart, and they can smell pal reviews a mile away. Besides, experience shows that reviews don’t drive sales at first. The converse is actually truer: sales drive reviews. Thus the Goodreads Giveaway Contest beginning on October 10th, 2015. It may not be as great as getting reviews by people who paid to read the novel, but at least they’ll be honest reviews. Who knows, they may like it so much they buy the next three books in the series. That would be a win.
A funny thing happened to my royalties from Amazon after I put a few of my short stories on KDP Select. They went up. I didn’t pay much attention at first, but I always seemed to be making more than I expected each month. I knew people were borrowing my short stories through Kindle Unlimited, but it wasn’t until I scrutinized the royalty statements that I understood what was going on.
I saw the new Mad Max movie the other day, and while I really liked the movie, there were a couple of times when I thought about Plot Fail #4 according to author Therin Knite: The Plot That Never Slows Down. The relentless action of Mad Max did finally take a long deep breath before rushing back to an intense pace, which it sustained for pretty much the rest of the movie.
When Fiona Mcvie asked if I’d like to be interviewed for the blog, Author Interviews, I expected the usual round of questions, but I was in for a surprise. The interview forced me to think about how all this writing stuff began and why I can’t stop. It’s the first time I’ve ever considered what motivates and influences me.
Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations at kobo, didn’t just come to chat with us at The Toronto Indie Publishing Meetup, he brought us solid information about e-books sales, and he didn’t sugar coat it. Despite indie-publishing potentially throwing book sales wide open, a small number of authors still make a big chunk of the change, just like in the traditional publishing world.
Fortunately, not a gambling addiction, which left Dostoyevsky destitute more than once until he married Anna.