You get a twofer threefer today for the blog tour, as poor H.C. Palmquist had some nasty computer problems yesterday! Sam, H.C.’s cat, interviews me here. And I’m talking about my writing process with N.L. Gervasio who’s crossposted both at Unclouded Perspicacity (she gets major props for finding a place to actually use the word “perspicacity”) and Forever Nocturne (which seems to be having technical difficulties, so you’ll want to try UP first Fixed now!). And the awesome C.J. Redwine is home from surgery and starting to feel BETTER! Woo! I’m talking about how writing a book is like baking bread over at her blog.
I am off work today as hubby has his follow up at the doctor and, frankly, I just needed a day off. I have concluded that 7:15 is a way more reasonable time to rise during the week, as opposed to 5:40. At least it is daylight. I’d actually planned to sleep until 8, but Callie woke me up for potty and breakfast, and then I couldn’t go back to sleep. C’est la vie. This way I have time for workout and tea before taking hub to doc.
So the tour hasn’t been having much effect in the way of sales. I didn’t really think that sales were going to explode, but I did expect SOME upturn. So far there’s been none. I’ve sold 7 copies since the start of May, for a cumulative total of 48. I’ve totally exhausted my “You’ll buy it because you love me” crowd. Not a single sale since Friday, and NO response to my blog contest, which surprised me. Granted, it is running through the month of May, so maybe more folks will check it out. C’mon! $10 Amazon gift card, people! I keep hoping the people I know who have already read it will just take the time to pop over and review. But maybe they didn’t like it and are being nice enough not to share that fact. I suppose I’d rather get slower reviews than bad ones.
I think it is fair to revise my assessment of what I might achieve by this tour. I might make it to 100 copies sold. I might make it closer to getting 20 reviews. I think the biggest thing that I can expect is that more people will have heard of me, and I’ll have expanded my internet foot print. That was largely the point of the tour from a long run point of view. Unless the blogs I visited go belly up, these posts are out there forever. I feel like I’m doing a decent job of sounding amusing or erudite, which will hopefully make people wander over here or to Twitter or elsewhere to check me out.
In other promo news, I’m having more visits to the sample page and more downloads of the sample on Smashwords. If those people are anything like me, they will download stuff and eventually get around to reading them, so maybe a few of those will turn into sales.
Pot suggested I do some limited time only giveaways with 100% off coupons at Smashwords, so I might do that later today when I’m actually conscious at some peak Twitter hours.
I’m having to remind myself that this was NOT about sales. It’s about building a readership, which I am very slowly doing. The responses I have received have been overwhelmingly positive about the book itself and the world I’m creating, so I still feel like Forsaken By Shadow will gradually do what it was intended to do: get people interested enough to keep reading.
I just need to keep my focus on the next release. I think my very realistic goal at this point is to have broken even on my copyright and cover costs for FBS by the time I release Revelation. That’s conservative and realistic.