Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm No Gauge

I've been watching how my stories on Smashwords are selling and have concluded next to nothing about my audience except that they like my work. I can't tell whether they are primarily male or female, what age group they are in, and what they really like except when they give a review.

One reason for this is that some reviews give contradictory information. For example, the one review I have on Gray's World is two stars yet it is my most popular story. And the comments I've gotten on the Reaper are all over the place ranging from, "Nice but an obivous ending" to "A good fairy tale".

To add to this confusion, stories that I think are great, don't some to do as well as stories that I like less. The Monster, for example, which I released this month, has already blown passed Telescopevision which I released last month. Personally, I think, Telescopevision is a better story. I like it more but my readers obviously don't.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Regardless, I'm planning continue to release one story a month for as long as I can. I've got three more in the queue so I should be good through June.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mark your Calendar, Please

With my TV interview complete (video will be ready in about two weeks), my focus now turns to promoting next month's event in other venues and media. I've sent email to several people and have post the event in the announcement area of several MeetUp groups I belong to. I also tweeted on this  subject yesterday. Once the video is out, I will follow up again.

But until that time I need to do the shameless plug here. So for those of you living in or near the Boston area, please mark your calendars for April 8 at 7 pm. At that time I and five other writers will talk about our work at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy.

I don't think I need to say that authors who do not have name recognition or a large following need all the support they can get. The same is true of musicians, painters, sculptors, or anyone else promoting their art. I am amazing how quickly and easily work from relatively unknown artists can disappear in a heartbeat. It takes a lot of work and perseverance to keep going. And for that reason, these people need and deserve the support of the communities in which they live because without them, new ideas die, creativity is stifled, and life is a lot less interesting.

So I hope anyone reading this who is able to come to the event will do and support not only me but the other local authors who have agreed to come and speak.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Upcoming Interview

This coming Wednesday, I'll be going to my local access TV station for an interview. The purpose is to promote my novel, Aure the Topaz, and the upcoming event I'll be attending at my local library in April.

I have no idea what questions they'll be asking but I don't know that through the magic of television, mad responses can be edited and it possible to redo any bad answer.

Hopefully, that won't be necessary. But the option is there if it is needed.

I also released another story short the other day. So far I've got 49 downloads in about 36 hours. So it looks like I have some fans. In fact I got a tweet from someone saying exactly that. Always good to hear that.

I failed to write my requisite 6000 words for February so I'm behind on Book 5. I will attempt to make that up this month.

Keep writing everyone.