Glad to hear the thread helps; it was my intention that it would help. I know how darkly depressing this need and this business can get.
Meantime -- I placed up my Titanic title for FREE all week but pushed it on Twitter and facebook as a FREE TICKET to Ride Titanic straight to hell...three miles below the surface of the sea...more fun than Disney's Space Mountain...Got 3,660 ticket holders first day today. I did humorously suggest they pick up thier tickets at Gate 666 in the Twilight Zone. Humor sells books. Self-deprication sells books, pictures of you being human, pics with your cat, dog, kids, wife. Use it all if you want to sell copies of your books... Now if you have the guts to climb onto MY Titanic tale, Free ticket is available below --
]> Congrats, Rob. I'll join you in that happy dance!
Can't rest on Laurels, even if she is plump...LOL....now comes that wicked time of the month when one has to start ALL OVER AGAIN building sales for the month; I hate looking at my sales figures on the first of the month....ugh! But at least we have the 4th to work with....
Calling any giveaways this week a 4th of July Bottle Rocket Giveaway...work with the notions of a damn well cooked book to go along with the grilled burger.
Food, reading, patriotism...it all goes hand in hand, does it not?
This is DEFINITELY NEWS for the FAILURE Crowd....how many long years have ebooks been looked upon as the ugly spinster or sister to paper and hardcover books? Too many but now the biggest NEWS outlets in the country are reporting again anda again that ebooks have outsold paper and hardcover -- SURPRISED> I am not. Walk any beach today....they are reading ebooks on iPads and kindle.
In March 1831, Mr. Poe headed to Baltimore to live in the home of his Aunt Maria Clemm. and the man went through a series of failures but today he is revered for many reasons, not the least being his fiction, poetry, and determination.
ooookAY...SOME FAILURES are due to one being a habitual LOSER. One such example in classic fiction was Captain AHAB of Moby Dick. Lost two ships, two crews, lost his leg first time around due to his obsession, lost his life second time around and as he was lashed to the White Whale and going down for final count in the epic battle, his OCD getting the best of him, he STILL had not learned his lesson....
So yeah, not all failure is a balm....however, the rest of us can learn from Ahab.
What NOT to do.
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My mother always taught me that the more I give, the more I shall receive and in a sense that appears to be the case, in a manner of speaking with KDP Select. This month to date alone some 32,000 rounded off titles have been given away by yours truly, while a fraction of that figure has sold. A mere 2,000 thus far for July. I see that giving away far outweights sales, yes, but in mom's defense, I seriously doubt I would have sold 2,000 books in 18 days had I not been giving titles away LAST month and every month since KDP Select began back in December.
In traditional publishing, never could have seen 2,000 units sold in box stores in 18 days on a non-budgeted item like that of a Midlist Author.
So I am going to stick with Mom
Her homegrown, homespun advice...
Going to keep doing what I have been doing. Today my FREE books are crossing over = two from last week and three items begin today this week, making a total of five Free items on my Shelf TODAY.
Instinct INK Bks.
Good examples, Screenwriter John -- I have not as yet seen Spurlock's Failure Club show up on TV....has it? Saw some preliminary discussions of it but nothing since. Looks great if it gets done.
If for no other reason than his book Profiles in Courage, a great book, John F. Kennedy is a success!
Now about my Process - many riverst to the ocean - a completed novel, but this is what I put myself through:
I write horror, suspense, mystery, thrillers, historical thrillers; no one has ever accused me of writing literature but I am among those fiction writers who works using Research First. Not everyone does or needs to. This is MY process. There are many rirvers to the ocean, and I respect anyone anywhere who can start and finish a novel, as a novel is a complex matter of layered art no matter the genre. I do not plan from the END as some do, I do not follow a set formula, but I do a great deal of living with my characters before it is all over in order to know then inside and out, to create fully realized characters and to run them through the plot mill. I do not do outlines or character sketches but I do sleep, eat, and travel with my characters.
Now about another matter: What might be your process to avoid FAILURE? or to Learn from it?