Lazy day off

I’ve done a couple of minor book promotions in the past weeks. I don’t think I’m ready to let go of Will O’ the Wisp yet. I’m very pleased with it, and believe others would like it too – if they could only find it. (Look! On the right, there it is.)

None of my promos are really doing anything. I’ve had over ten thousand people see my Amazon campaign, four of them actually clicked the link. None of them bought it. I set this up to target products instead of other books. It hasn’t cost me an entire dollar yet. I’m pretty sure Amazon will cancel it soon, but 10,000 people know it exists.

I’m going to do some more, but it’s becoming $20 here and $20 there for zero return. I don’t mind, up to a point. Maybe I still have dues to pay in the promotion part of being a writer. I have other schemes in the works too.

I actually pandered myself out on Twitter this week. I wanted my post about The Research Phase to get into the top ten on my sidebar. These posts get a lot of action from new readers, and I thought it was fun. There were a lot of retweets, but the reports indicated they were just looking at, or saving, safari Lisa. Nobody clicked on my cool book pile (There are some cool books in that pile). A few Twitter people read the post, but I never got enough likes to put it on the board. Oh well, that’s blogging.

My participation in the quote challenge did just as well, and it wasn’t even my quote. Blogging has always been that way, and it no longer baffles me.

I haven’t started that research reading yet, which will mostly be skimming. There are a ton of small history items and lingo in the African books. Terms like Ingwe (leopard), Rinderpest, and things like sausage trees can add some flavor, but I need to make sure they’re right for the area.

I need to do some online research into propaganda. The minimal amount I’ve done looks mostly like logical fallacies pushed to the extreme. The problem is my “hero” in this outline has to start a war. That’s an awful thing to do, and it’s tough to get readers cheering for him. It lends itself to a save the princess scenario, and as long as there is a huge double cross to foil the bad guy – who actually wants the war – it might work. I don’t know if I’m smart enough to pull off a huge double cross. (Maybe I should re-watch The Sting and Maverik.)

I added some index cards to two of my outlines, but this time they are in some kind of order. Neither one has a complete Act One. I need to turn my attention to the remaining two outlines next.

One of my short stories has languished for weeks. I have a hard time moving to the next one until I finish this one. (Have I mentioned that I’m a very lineal writer?) I found out that Neil Gaiman wrote something similar, that I’ve never read, and I let it stymie me. No longer! I finished that bugger today.

I want to put out a book of short stories and micro fiction. My intent is to ask 99¢ for it, but I want to deliver some value for what I ask. Right now I have 19,298 words comprising multiple stories. I’m guessing I need double that word count.

I may have to inquire what the word count was on The Black Bag and Ichabod Brooks.

I’m about to give up for today. We have tickets to Jurassic World tonight and I’m hoping it’s fun. I have a problem with them creating a whole new dinosaur, but I’m willing to spot them one. Crichton didn’t write this one, and I’m dubious. Still dinos on screen once more is worth the admission price.

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36 responses to “Lazy day off

  1. Gosh that sounds so frustrating… Hope things turn around!

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    • It’s actually pretty telling about me. I love writing and sharing my stories. I get mileage from a nice comment or review. Self promotion is my bane. All of us try approximately the same things with varying degrees of success. There is no silver bullet that will rocket a book to popularity. I am happy to finish my short story and to move my outlines ahead, because that’s something within my control.

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  2. Whenever you have a post, or series of posts, that you want to promote send them to me by including my Twitter handle and I’ll RT. My followers are awesome, always RT stuff for me. If you want to try again, do it. You know where I am.

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  3. I know where you’re coming from about promotion. I always thought the writing was supposed to be the hard part. OMG NO! It’s the promotion. I’ve tried facebook posts, twitter, doing books daily and books go social. They both post once a month to thousands of their subscribers, but I haven’t really seen much return on my 50.00 per month each. I wish you luck. I keep plugging along. I’ll be publishing my book 2 of my Soiled Dove Sagas in September. Two of my critique group authors are also publishing about the same time. We are planning to do a launch party together.
    Lori Beasley Bradley

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    • Now that’s interesting. We all follow each other around doing the same things with varying degrees of success. A group release is different enough that it might stand out. I try different stuff too, like my writing cabin posts. They only reach my followers though.

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  4. No problem. I love your posts!

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  5. Am I mistaken, or is Doubt the Raven back??? In my opinion, if anyone can write a double cross, its you! Blogging is weird… It always surprises me which posts do well, and which don’t. It’s never the ones you think. Nick Rossis did some really good research on the effectiveness of paid advertising this week, did you see it? Might help make up your mind.

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  6. I’m kind of in the same boat with book. It just languishes in the deep, dark bowels of Amazon. Was supposed to do this blogging thing in order to promote my book, but the blogging thing has taken on a life of it’s own. It sounds like you have done so much more than I, with promotion. There has to be a way around this.

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  7. I saw some good Africa books in your pile. You might also be interested in Theodore Roosevelt’s memoir of his African safari. I have a copy of it on my bookshelf, but haven’t read it yet. For a later time period, Out of Africa and West With the Night are classics.

    I don’t know what part of Africa you’re thinking of setting your story in, but I’ve traveled pretty widely in South Africa and Namibia.

    For page/word counts, I use a rule of thumb that a paperback page = 250 words.

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    • I read TR’s book years ago, but don’t have a personal copy. It’s only one of four stories I’m outlining. It has to compete to get written. That word count estimate could come in handy, thanks.

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  8. I think I read somewhere (although I can’t for the life of me find it now) that summer’s the worst time for selling books. Something I tell myself when I fell like this is to remember the words of a rather lovely dappy fish – ‘Just keep swimming’. On another note, this article made for and interesting read – http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/now-worst-time-to-be-author/

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  9. It’s so hard to know what will reach people!

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  10. I hope you enjoyed the movie… I haven’t seen it yet, but Chris Pratt is the selling point for me! 😉 Congratulations on finishing your story! That’s always a good feeling. 😀

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  11. 19,000+ words is more than enough for $.99. I put out Solstice Island for that price (which I think came in around 20K) and have seen novellas in my same word count range offered for $1.99. Have also seen shorts in the 14-15K range offered for $.99.

    I’m looking forward to your collection of shorts. One of these days I”m going to get motivated and do the same thing!

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    • I just started another one. I may finish it and call it a book. It might need a bit more fantasy though. I don’t write as much fantasy, but I do dabble. I wonder if Amazon would let me include one of last October’s Macabre Macaroni stories in it. It was very popular, but may have technically been published.

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  12. Then I think you’re fine including it in the collection. You’ll reach a whole new audience through Amazon that hadn’t seen it before!

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