I have found over the years that a sure way to combat looming failure is with humor, being self-deprecating up to a point, and being able to poke fun at oneself and one's endeavors...A line I use all the time is -- my checkered career at writing crime novels...it's a crime they were eve written....or one step forward, three back!
Put up some good humor today on Facebook and everywhere to assuage the end of one year and opening of another....Happy New Year one and all!
have had a Kindle reader contact me via my website to tell me she read DEAD ON in two hours! Obviously, she couldn't put the book down. She also added since gettng her Kindle, she avg.'s 10 bks READ a week which would be approx 40 a month! Wow.
This AM over 4,170 books with my name on em have gone out in the kdp select program....some say I am nuts.... I don't think so.
Some authors shy away from talking about their own books...painful to talk of their own works. I know as I have met some of these poor souls, so they and YOU should instead TALK about the ISSUES, however Controversial that are dealt with in your books. Controversy sells ebooks.
Same with product placement remarks -- name of toothpaste, drinks, films, smokes, restaurants, whatever -- creates talk on facebook as subjects
Same with locations - people want to know where the book is set - if it has more than one setting....be it Hawaii or the back bay of Boston. They relate.
Character professions - divers? lawyers? doctors, medical examiners, police, detectives, PIs, female sleuths, again - talk up your character's professions
Anyone recall how our sales numbers began dwindling like crazy in Sept and followed thru badly in Oct and Nov....then in Dec. BAM! The kdp Select program gave us all a huge boost, a roller-coaster ride OFF the RAILS...hell, my giveaways shot me up the ranks to #1 and #1 and #3 in various categories and some like Dead On, now up for 99c are maintaiing that status. Furthermore, I am looking at the largest payout from Amazon I have as yet rec'd since selling on Kindle.
I think I made the right move when I enrolled all-in in the kindle select program but as I have said all over the place, it was perfect for me for many reasons that it might not be for others.
All the same, success begets success.
"check out" What Mioves Kindle bks. off the Shelf - thread #1/2 or both!
This is a GOOD sign - one of folks who took a FREE book from me via kdp Select prog. -- a REVIEW and a detailed review and a 4-Star review which praises other titles in the series. That is cool. I am expecting MORE reviews as a result of the giveaways.
Working toward gaining 7 Million readers...of course!
Can I be nuts with you. I only joined KDP select in the New Year and have already given away 1176 books. It seems like all the new Kindle people can't resist a freebee. Hope this will eventually lead to more sales.
In response to your thoughts about the KDP Select program:
First, congratulations on getting so many to pick up copies of your books.
Second, I believe we may be keeping the KDP in perspective if we don't really consider all the "takes" of a free or "promotional" copy of our books as being a reader until the person actually reads it. Until they do, they are a "taker" and most of us put little value on "free" things.
The value will come when the "taker" pulls up the book when they get to it to read it and checks to see what the "regular" price is on the book. At that time they will make a mental adjustment of the value, even if it's a 99 center, it still has value and more if its pricey.
The real value will come when the "taker" becomes a "reader". As for me, I agree that Amazon is the worlds biggest book store and I am thrilled that the shelves are accessible to me via my computer, both to "take" and to "sell".
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Great thread. One of my favorite inspirational stories is the story of Michael "Air" Jordan. I was surprised when I heard him tell of how he was cut from the basketball team when he was about 13 because he just wasn't good enough. The coach said he just didn't have "it". Mike said he sulked for a little while because he loved basketball and, quite frankly, his feelings were hurt. But instead of giving up, he practiced many hours a day the whole summer. The next school year he tried out again and made the team. Of course the rest is history.
Then you have some like Earvin "Magic" Johnson who just seem to be a natural. But they both will be remembered as very good basketball players.
I think this can be applied to writers also. There will be some authors who are like Magic Johnson. They can scribble a thought on a napkin and it is just automatically going to be a hit.
Then there are some authors who are like Mike. Their first book (or books) might be a flop. They'll be hurt for a while and maybe sulk for a bit. But if they truly love writing, they don't have to give up. They can study and practice their craft. Spend time reading and writing and writing and writing and growing better with each book.
The point is in writing, just like many things in life, some authors seem to be born with "it" and others grow into "it". But in the end, they can both be remembered as very good authors.
I didn't mean for this post to be so long. What I wanted to say is that failure for an author (poor sales, harsh reviews, rankings of 499,999) can hurt, but needn't destroy us. Let us be kind to ourselves. Give ourselves permission to grieve over our babies (our books), and then continue on to give birth to the next group of characters dancing in our heads, needing their stories to be told as only we can do it.
Happy 2012 everyone. May this year's writings be the best ever for us all.
Thanks saxon21. Actually, I lived in Georgia as a child, but the Noble was without an "s". However, I've been and still am called both. Thanks for the kind words. You too are inspirational. Your noids are hilarious. lol
Very inspiring tales to be sure and how Magic Johnson has escaped being placed in a secret gov't labratory someplace underground, his blood being replenished to save others, I don't know.
Just joking but man, it would be that way in the movies.
As for me, I got BACK to writing today!!! Having a ball with an international thriller pandemic global canvass collaboration with friend and fellow author Steve Savile whose Silver rocked my world and am anticipating his Gold. Silver was the best ever since forever in international thrillers. Find it on amazon. Great read. Talk about a success story, Steve, I first met when he won a contest to have his name in my next book and I made him a one-legged gimp NARC in Blind Instinct and the rest is history. by the way Blind Instinct is FREE this weekend on Amazon.com at my kindle shelf, turn right and my virtual coffee shop.
This has been a great program for helping new and
experienced authors. Caution should be thrown to the
wind and others should jump in with both feet.
Here is my newest book FREE today. It is the true
account of opening and running my own newspaper for
22 years until I sold in 2010. Hope you enjoy it.
Ken Rossignol http://www.amazon.com/Story-Marys-Today-Newspaper-eboo
IF ONLY all writers could see the amazing value of the program, KEN....but...to each his own. It is doing me up REAL FINE.
Here is a joke for us all -- "Friends are like fruitcake; some are soaked in alcohol, while others just nutty, and some just SWEET."