Been a few days!
Life was thrown into chaos on Thursday when work went from ‘pick your color’ to ‘BANGBANGBANG’ in less than 24 hours, as our contractor began to replace the siding on our house. In April, an F-0 (what I said) or F-1 (what the contractor said) tornado hit our house. Thankfully we had no structural damage but cosmetically things have looked a bit rough for awhile. Now we near the end of repair work and it’s, well …… loud.
Yesterday, another storm rolled in. It was short but intense and old siding from the in-progress work soon littered our yard. We watched this from the open windows because, well, that was the most entertaining thing we could do with a 2-year old while the power was out. He kept asking us to turn on the lights, and to turn on Mickey, but was pacified and then truly enthralled with his stealthy attempts to stick his head out the window every time I blinked.
Despite the lack of power and the late evening hour I managed to scrawl in my notebook by the dying light from the open window. Another chapter finished, another page complete, and one step closer to finishing the first draft of book two. I’m well over the half-way point now and easily on track to finish (and have it typed) by the end of the month.
In the meantime, Amazon continues to sell Come the Shadows at 99c despite the price update to 2.99 that has already taken effect at Barnes & Noble. Sorry Nook-ers! (Is that right, it sounds far to much like a less savory word…) The issue lies with the Smashword version which has yet to update across it’s premium catalog. Hopefully that will take affect soon and I can stop thinking about pricing and focus on writing.
One last note about things I need to not think about while writing… I sold my first UK copy and didn’t even know it. Smile-worthy =)
One really, truly last note……if you don’t know what Timey-Wimey is, well, you’re missing out. Our power came on in plenty of time last night for our Saturday treat.
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12749 people have downloaded One Final Night from Amazon, and a few of them have even taken the time to give (very nice) reviews.
I know it’s a drop in the bucket, and some people actually sell that many copies of something in the same amount of time but it’s really gratifying simply to have a small piece of work get in front of a lot of eyes.
And there are many other eyes I can’t even count.
I published the short story on Amazon and Smashwords only, and the later sent it to Barnes & Noble. As a consequence, I have no idea how many people have downloaded it from B&N and I never will, as far as I can tell.
But a couple of days after it became free the B&N ranking was around 50k. Now it’s 18k. (They don’t separate free/paid). I like that climb.
What does it mean for me?
Honestly, I don’t know. I lost all perspective on numbers somewhere around 5,000.
Has it translated into mega-awesome numbers of people purchasing my discounted Come the Shadows?
I don’t know.
I plan to leave the short story free indefinitely, and Come the Shadows discounted through the end of August, when it will then return to $2.99. My hope is simply that more people take the time to read the work and consider the longer piece. They are not in the same genre, but I hope it gives a hint of my writing and show’s the value therein.
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I posted this weekend that I was reducing the price of Come the Shadows for this weekend only.
Well…I changed my mind.
“One Final Night” is now #18 out of all free downloads for Amazon Kindle (and doubled in rank at Barnes & Noble). I’m overjoyed to see that! In addition, it has garnered several reviews and all have been 4 and 5 stars. Wonderful!
In light of that I have decided to hold over the 99c price at least through the end of the month. With so many people learning my name I want to seize every opportunity to ensure the most number of people can pick up the book as well. (It cracked the 10k rank for the first time, hitting as high as 9155ish last night.) I hope a few people can soon take the time to put up reviews there and share their enjoyment with others! Every review (and EVERY reader) is very much appreciated.
My enjoyment is leading to an extensive screenshot collection as I see happy new milestones.
PS: The daily writegoal is holding and I should be more than 1/2 way finished with book two at the end of August.
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After Amazon finally listened and made my short story One Final Night free (totally KO’ing my planned REPORT ME PLEASE post), I decided to drop my book in price for this weekend only.
So for 99c you can it up for both Kindle and Nook for the next 48 hours.
Monday it returns to $2.99.
As always, reviews on both are VERY welcome – word of mouth, especially on those pages, really helps the writing thrive and reach new fans. Thank you to everyone who picks up the book and I can’t wait to bring you the next one in a few months!
In other news…. it seems Barnes and Noble is now carrying my paperback, and it’s $8.99 – a full $1 cheaper than Amazon. Whoa.
I just write things. That’s all I know.
Edit: Later in the day I figure out why B&N is cheaper and that I get 1/7 the money for those sales. Meh. Right now I’m just happy the book is being read 🙂
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