After almost two months away from the “air”, I get a bit emotional talking about October, then move on to my contemplations of “my why” and the future of my books. Due to the long stretch between episodes, I also tacked on my first NaNo 2016 update, pathetic though it is. My Heartache It’s been almost two months since my last episode. October ended up being the worst year in my life for me. I didn’t do much writing-related activity at all. Nothing with Girl in the Forest’s revision. Nothing with Maid Maleen. And no podcast episodes recorded at all. […]
Camp Nano ended in abject failure and I contemplate the future of the Maid Maleen project before discussing my hastily done promo for Aisuru. While the sales were pitiful, the ROI was great, though still a disappointment. Which leads into my last topic: where things stand with Girl in the Forest and the struggles of being fiscally responsible while also trying to produce great products and a great reader experience.
In this week’s amazingly short episode, I talk about my upcoming plans for Aisuru, including pulling it from wide distribution to go into KDP select, cover changes, and more. News & Notes: Ran a giveaway of Aisuru onLibraryThings of eBooks in exchange for reviews; 41 people entered so 41 people won since it was 100 copies up for grabs Also sent the codes to claim to my email list subscribers 27 copies claimed, and 1 review so far; not bad considering it didn’t end that long ago Need to send one reminder with the claim links again Updated Deviations blurb on […]
In my on-going efforts to get Aisuru more visibility, I decided to run a promotion from July 6th through July 10th reducing the eBook price from the usual $4.99 price to $1.99 across all the sales platforms. One thing I have learned as an indie is that running a sales promotion can be a serious pain in the rear! I don’t mean because I don’t want to do sales or the like, I mean getting the actual sales set in the different distribution platforms! Seriously, most of them regularly encourage authors to have sales while making it so difficult to […]
This year I managed to actually “attend” several sessions of Indie ReCon, a free online conference for indie writers put on annually by the Alliance of Independent Authors (AIA). This year there was an in-person event in Europe as well, but it is still primarily online with sessions being a mix of formats. Some were videos, done interview style, posted to the site. Others had live events conducted via Google Hangouts where you can then ask questions while watching. There were some that were pretty much just blog posts, which I skimmed but tended not to get as much out of […]
I am now officially a published author! Aisuru leaked out a bit early in a few places, though official it doesn’t come out until March 27th. Meanwhile my way overly tired self is reviewing some of the things I’ve learned from this first publication experience so far.
For today’s episode, after a slightly long bit of news and notes, I break from the original planned topic of the editing process to share some of the podcasts I listen to and the blogs I regularly follow.