IT’S BEEN AN ODD YEAR AS A FIRST-TIME PUBLISHED NOVELIST
None of my sales have done much.
Word of mouth has been how most of the sales came about.
I am basically hand-selling to people I meet who also seem to have reading habits that mean they might like PC.
Now that I have a decent, if small, number of reviews (25), with at least one at every star ranking, I will be trying a few Fussy Librarian offers, to try to reach people outside of my immediate circle. If FL will have me.
KU, which I had high hopes for, has been a dud. Being in or out hasn’t made much difference.
The last Kindle Countdown Deal sold two copies (0.99 – so I got 0.67 each). Definitely not worth the effort.
Goodreads has provided friends – one or two sales; ditto FB and Wattpad. I have sent out a LOT of review copies (just ask – I will send you one). Everyone says I’m pricing wrong, but the 0.99 sales do nothing – and you can always have a free review copy!
I’m sure this is the way beginners start; I also spent way too much time watching it happen, as I’m sure many beginners do.
I’m well started with PC: NETHERWORLD, the middle book in the trilogy, full of surprises (if you can trust me).
And it’s been otherwise a very crazy year, so I think I’m going to put my head down (as soon as I can for sure is next Wednesday), and write, and try not to panic. Careers last a long time.
I liked the pretty graphs – and a year seemed to be a good time to review the results.
Oh, and I’ve sold, I believe, 7 paper copies.
I have avoided advertising which focuses on me, and kept it on story and writing (except for the online ME/CFS group where they already know me, and this blog, of course). I don’t know if that’s wise, but it is a one-way street to move into talking about a disabled writer, which does funny things to most people’s minds (such as lowering standards, and expecting inspiration, and just plain not wanting to read) which I’d rather avoid. On the other hand, an awful lot of books come out every year.
Hope this next 12 months works a bit better.
ETA: Author Rank pic.