Saturday, November 1, 2014

I Don't Know What Happened

Somehow, I managed to sell a handful of stories on Smashwords in Q3. I really don't know how that happened. I spent that time promoting my novel, not my short stories. I'm guessing that by giving away countless copies of my stories, that when I switched over and started charging for my work, a few people decided I was worth the risk.

I honestly don't understand. The only thing that is clear is activity on Smashwords is a lot slower. In fact, I seem to be selling more on Barnes & Noble than on Smashwords.

The audio version of Aure the Topaz is now available on iTunes, Audible.com, and Amazon.com.

I also released a new short story, Carbon Footprint. The story speculates about the near future when researchers develop a new strain of seaweed designed to scrub out carbon dioxide more efficiently. The other unique thing about this seaweed is it grows on synthetic material which can be used to wrap buildings in allowing more surface area to be devoted to controlling greenhouse gases. The story follows the progress of this invention as it is released into our world.

Work on Book 2 continues. I think I'm looking at a Q1 2015 release now. But I'll keep plugging away at it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Just Don't Understand

I've come back from the farmer's market; I sold nothing... again. From that experience, and a little research, I see that a majority of people don't read books regularly. I just don't understand that. One person at the market admitted that to me and blamed his short attention span.

While it is true that our attention spans are growing shorter, thanks to technology, that's not the only culprit here. I say this because, among the people I talked to, and there were several, none of them were willing to buy from me and save money, even after I explained that I offer a large discount on the books.

What's up with that?

I just don't understand that behavior either.

Some people came with no money, or so they said, why would you do that if you are going to a farmer's market?

And the biggest thing I don't understand is how I'm going to convince anyone to buy my work despite all the marketing research I'm reading. Which means either I'm reading the wrong material or these marketing people don't know what they are talking about.





Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chugging Along

All my projects are chugging along. The audio version of Aure the Topaz, for example, has just gone back to the producer for a last round of changes. I'm hoping the audio version will be available next month.

Revisions on Vorn, the Onyx are moving along too. I'm about halfway through it now, pulling out words and tightening the writing. I'll spot check the book once I'm done to see if it needs more work and then decide if I can release it.

I discovered the web site of my publisher is gone, which is not a bad deal. I've been preparing for this for months. My books are now available from ManaSoft Books. They are still getting set up but should be ready to go soon.

I spent the morning with the writer's group I've tripped into, revising Vorn. While we working one of the writers mentioned that she was going to be attending a farmer's market next week. She asked me if I wanted to come along. I said yes. She was the one who told me about this writer's group too. She a very nice person and one of the few writers I know that really tries to help others. What a breath of fresh air compared to so many snobs I've encountered.

That's it for updates. I'll have more next week. See you then.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sometimes you Need to get your Second Wind

I'm finally making good progress on the last pass through Book 2. It turns out that editing with paper and pencil works better for me than anything else. So much for high tech solutions.

Of course that means it might take a while to wrap it up and make it available. But I'm not going to rush it. I did that with Book 1 and regretted it. So there's no official release date and there won't be until I'm working on the last few chapters. That said, the official goal is to release this quarter. Whether I achieve that goal depends on how many distractions I have.

The audio version of Book 1 reached a milestone. The entire book is recorded and I'm listening to it so we can make one last pass on it and then release it. That also has a Q4 release goal.

I received my first copies of Magic and Melee to sell next month at the shows I'll be attending. And the electronic version is available from Smashwords. Still need to set up the Kindle version at Amazon. You can also purchase a copy directly from Lulu.

And speaking of shows next month I'll be at the Rhode Island Author Expo November 8 in Warwick from 9 to 3 I believe and at the Groton Library on November 16 from 12 to 3. If you plan on attending either event, please stop by and say hello.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Slow Progress

I am progressing slowly toward completing Book 2. I am also thinking of offering a combined volume of Books 1 and 2. But I don't know if that is necessary.

There is interest from readers of Book 1 for Book 2, which is encouraging. And personally, I can't wait to have it done and show two books in the series. It is really hard to have a series with one book. With two, the series is really born.

Updates for the week include:

  • My Kickstarter project was not funded. Work on the graphic novel has stopped.
  • My collection of fantasy short stories, Magic and Melee, is ready. I need to update Smashwords and Amazon with the electronic versions. And I'm debating the best distribution methods for the paper version.
  • Work on the audio version of Aure the Topaz is progressing. We have about 12 chapters left to record.


I'll be at a show in Warwick RI Nov 8. I'll provide more details next week. And I'll be at a local authors fair in Groton Nov 16. I won't have Book 2 for either event. But it will be close.