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Archive for March, 2010

Ramblings

I now have one novel and two novellas in the Amazon Kindle store. I’m pretty pleased with the sales of one of them and disappointed with the sales of the other. I think it just proves that vampires are still a hot item right now, and ghosts are…well…not. I don’t regret choosing e-publishing for my books. I think e-books will eventually outsell print books as proven by the Christmas sales at amazon.com. But since it’s so easy for just anyone to self-publish this way, it’s up to the reader to choose what’s good and what’s crap. And they are perfectly capable of doing that.

On another note, I’m still in the editing process of my fantasy romance. This book is dear to my heart, so I want it to be just right. There are a few parts in the first few chapters that are a little happy, happy, joy, joy that don’t mesh extremely well with the later chapters which are darker. But I haven’t figured out how to fix it. The things that happen early on are kind of necessary to set up why the MC is there and what she is doing. Maybe it’s not as far off as I think it is, but I’m going to get one of my best critics to read it again and see what she thinks.

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After I put “Club Blood” in the Amazon Kindle store, I was amazed at how many I was selling. I’ve been averaging more than a book a day in sales. It could be better, but I’m not complaining about that average. However, I haven’t sold a single one in about three days. I can’t explain the sudden difference. People should still be using the same key words to search out certain types of books. Why this sudden change? And it comes on the heels of a “surge” of three per day. Who knows?

The sales of “See Me” have been a huge disappointment. I only sold one. And the sales on Smashwords of both books have been discouraging. I’ve only sold one “Club Blood”. It wouldn’t be so bad except that I know that 10 free excerpts were downloaded for “Club Blood” and 9 for “See Me”. Does that mean the book doesn’t hold interest enough for someone to want to buy it after reading half of it? Or have people downloaded a bunch of free excerpts and they haven’t had time to read them all? Or do some people download only free excerpts and never buy the books? There’s no way to tell.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing or stop publishing e-books. I just need to figure out a marketing strategy. I can’t just sit back and let it happen. I have to MAKE it happen.

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