Sunday, February 27, 2011
Biz has aged pretty well, incidentally. Devo, which has also appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba, has not.
As a real devotee of 80s music, it pains me to say that, but it's true.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Actually, it's not even a review; it's a four-star rating. This means that after well over a hundred sales (cumulatively), only one person has clicked on the Barnes and Noble rating device for any of my books. I'm not complaining (much); I'm just surprised that it's so difficult to get people to leave ratings—let alone write an actual review!
In any case, I'm extremely happy with how February has gone. I now have two short story collections and a novella live on Amazon, B/N and Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble continues to beat up on Amazon. As an example, in the last twenty-four hours I've had nine sales on B/N. I've had one sale on Amazon in the last three days. Must be the power of that one rating I got on Barnes! J
The novella, which I'd originally priced at 2.99, was selling a copy here and there, but I decided to experiment with the price and dropped it to 1.99, which resulted in absolutely no change at all. This morning I dropped it to 99 cents.
As JA Konrath has said, the value of a book isn't the price you charge, but rather the profit you derive from it. Gotta keep that in mind—for me, a few sales at 99 cents will rapidly outpace the earnings from the very few sales I'd had at 2.99, so here's to aiming low!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Be undeniably good. When people ask me how do you make it in show business or whatever, what I always tell them and nobody ever takes note of it ‘cuz it’s not the answer they wanted to hear — what they want to hear is here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script, here’s how you do this — but I always say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” If somebody’s thinking, “How can I be really good?”, people are going to come to you. It’s much easier doing it that way than going to cocktail parties.I'm relieved to hear that this approach is easier than the cocktail party route, since I, for one, am so tired of attending cocktail parties!
I think that what he said is excellent advice for anybody venturing into self-publishing: simple, easy to remember, and perfectly clear. Whatever you're doing, keep that in the forefront of your mind and good things will come.
Incidentally, I can't be the only person who suspects that writer Steve Martini gets a small, but measurable portion of his sales from people who erroneously thought his book was Steve Martin's. Or am I?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
OK, back to work!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
And then there's Barnes and Noble, which has turned out to be much more consistent and which is just killing Amazon right now. Crushing it. Literally 20 to 1, after eight sales yesterday. Kind of amazing and a great way to start the day! My goal for February was to hit fifty sales, so unless B/N also goes off the tracks I should be able to do so. Knock on wood!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Bakari Akil had posted a while back about self-publishing being a source of passive income, which had also been on my mind recently. Several years ago I used to read a lot of personal finance blogs and "passive income"--income coming in without requiring any real work on your part--was a popular topic. If I recall correctly, one blogger was a big proponent of owning gumball machines, like you see in malls and supermarkets. While it could be a while before my sales are enough to make me consider quitting my job--and by "a while" I mean a good long while--self-publishing could eventually be my source of passive income. Given that my job requires us to move every couple of years, it's hard to think of another way to do it. Sure beats refilling gumball machines, that's for sure.
Of course, the "without requiring any real work" part doesn't address the part where, you know, you write a book.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I decided to put together another story collection and include as "bonus material" the first chapter of the novella which I've already released. You know, to cross-fertilize the synergy by thinking outside the box.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
In 2010 young-adult e-books made up about 6 percent of the total digital sales for titles published by St. Martin’s Press, but so far in 2011, the number is up to 20 percent, a spokeswoman for the publisher said.
"So far in 2011"? You mean in these last not-quite-five weeks? And this is while (as JA Konrath recently posted) e-readers still only make up about 11 percent of overall sales? Amazing.
Aaron Niz, if I remember right, had posted a while back about how this time is like the Gold Rush. I agree with the sentiment but in my mind I'd compare it to a land rush, and I'm just a homesteader trying to get out there and claim as big a space as I can right now so that I stand out when things really get going.
Yesterday, incidentally, was a Very Sad Day. No sales of any kind. This shows me two things: my expectations have already grown so ridiculous that I think I need to sell something every day even though I've been at this for less than a month (fortunately, B/N shows one sale already this morning, so I'm set for today). It also shows me that I need to get going on my next project.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I also made some notes for later development--there was an idea for a middle grade book that I had a while ago and last night it became much clearer how I might be able to do it, so that was nice, and I also had a revelation regarding the novel that I started several years ago after returning from a stint overseas. So it's been a worthwhile morning.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Amazon/Amazon UK: 8 SC1, 5 novellas
Barnes: 12 SC1, 1 novella
Smashwords: 3 SC1, 1 novella
I have to say, I'm surprised a bit by the numbers (especially Smashwords--the novella has been live there only since 1/29 and SC1 since 1/30). Going from zero to 29 in only 3 weeks seems like a pretty good start to me!