I woke up to a sale today, which usually doesn't happen until the first few days of the month. A few perma-free 'sales' as well, but I don't really count them.
So what's the goal for Oct? I've got a new release coming out this month, and I'd like to do some promo work on some of my other titles. As usual, my main goal is to sell more than last month and to sell one of each of my 14 books. Last month I only sold 12 of them unfortunately.
Greg, I gather you're writing fantasy. There's a fairly big demographic out there for it. You should be able to move more than just 12 books.
I had a brief look. IMHO your covers are fine. I found your blurbs a bit "informational." What I missed were what they call "emotional beats" in advertising. Just a suggestion: Forget the info and try to elicit a specific emotion in a four-line blurb, (danger, mystery...) and see how it goes.
Also: what key words are you using? Could you tweak those?
Not sure if this is what you meant but my goals for October are as follows :-
a) Put the finishing touches to, and release my anti bullying poetry collection and get some sales for it.
b) continue to see my twitter following rise...it has gone from 19 to 95 in the last eight days so I am hoping to continue somewhere near that rate of addition which should see me top 300 by the end of October.
c) continue to sell my current 4 shorts and 1 full length novel. I had my best month for US sales in September so hopefully I am beginning to see a small amount of momentum.
d) not strictly for sales info but I have started a new series of novellas and am around 4000 words into the first. By the end of October, I would like to think that I should finish the first, (I am aiming for 25-30000 words) and have started the second.
For those 3 fantasy books I'd just be happy to see the other two books sell. The toughest two for me sales-wise are the last two volumes of my historical fiction series. I really need to do a shout out on the first volume to get some momentum going on them.
I'd like see my current ebook go from brown line to at least one sale a day like last month at least and get closer to finishing my first novel by the end of this month, currently on page 87.
I really need to blog more but I'm writing my book all day so it's hard to keep up with it. Someone mentioned twitter...if you follow those who follow you tend to accumulate more quickly, I think I'm in the 400 range now but like blogging, it's hard to keep up with. I think I manage it once a week.
And like always, If I'm not writing, I'm either reading about writing or reading about publishing. Does anyone have any new suggestions for this?
Last month I read,
Don't quite your day job
Not johns guide
On writing by Stephen king
Your book, day by day
As well as several fiction works
I shoot for 20 books a day but I'll take 10. I try to sell about 500 books a month. This month I have 4 promos going on. Last time I promod a book a sold 1000 copies. But I did one promo last month part of this new set and only sold 50 (instead of the usual 300 per promo). So it's hard to say. Sometimes I wish I could just let things be and be surprised at the end of the month, but I'll check my numbers 8 times a day and curse the warlords of Amazon as I do.
congrats on the 12 last month. I finally hit my goal last month which was to move one unit per day. That was the first time ever. Hang in there. I put out a new book today, and I am hoping for good things.
NaNoWriMo? It's a "contest" for writing a 50,000 word novel in November. It's what got me started writing. Of course, the website is down so while they do improvements for the next nano. They do it every year :/ I assume it will be back by tonight or tomorrow.