Archive for September, 2014

Autumn has arrived (though you wouldn’t know it here in the Midwest), and the leaves are beginning to change and fall. Coincidentally, the prices of my books at Smashwords are changing and falling, too. Feel free to take advantage!

 

A WORLD GONE GRAY COMPLETED DESIGN200x300px  112,000 words of epic apocalyptic sci-fi for $3.99 $2.99, assuming you use coupon code UY49A before the excrement hits the oscillating cooling device.

 

SIGNAL FIRE COMPLETED DESIGN_thumbnail  95,000 words of mysterious pink lights vs. trigger-happy humans for just $2.99 $1.99. Use code YP26C if said humans don’t go nuclear in the meantime.

 

LIKE LIFE ITSELF COMPLETED DESIGN200x300px  Ten dark tales of horror, science fiction, and more for $2.99 $1.99. Wield coupon code CR67S like Lizzie Borden’s axe and chop that price down to size.

 

TransienceOriginal  79,000 words of profanity-laced rom-com for $2.99 $1.99 when you pluck code FQ98L out of your coin purse. Old cars and octogenarians included.

 

As per usual, these digital coupons become dust in the wind at midnight on the first of the month. Let the savings begin…now!

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A Good Cause

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Self-publishing
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Self-promotion is the wind beneath the proverbial wings of the self-publishing author. Unfortunately, I lack the talent, self-confidence, and inclination to successfully peddle my humble wares on a consistent basis and with that certain savoir faire that makes potential readers swoon. Thankfully, this post ain’t got nothing to do with me or my scribblin’s of questionable merit. It’s about a girl (isn’t it always?).

The girl in question is Kay-Lyn. She’s a baby. She has Down syndrome. Her parents are dear friends of mine, and they have this here link. It’ll take you to their page at the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association (suspiciously located in Colorado…) website and give you the opportunity to give. They’re doing a Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk fundraiser on September 28th, and we’d appreciate any retweets or contributions you can muster.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 

A WORLD GONE GRAY COMPLETED DESIGN200x300pxSIGNAL FIRE COMPLETED DESIGN_thumbnailLIKE LIFE ITSELF COMPLETED DESIGN200x300pxTransienceOriginal

Well, here’s the good news…

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can begin this month’s installment of Stuff That Happened Last Month. Please be seated. Thank you.

Okay, things aren’t quite that bleak. I did manage to sell a copy of The Transience of Youth to one intrepid reader at Smashwords and narrowly avoid a shutout for the month. I haven’t heard back from the Elias Sports Bureau yet, but I’m pretty sure that ranks me ahead of the San Diego Padres in the National League West. Also, I recorded a belated sale at Apple in July — A World Gone Gray for those of you scoring at home. Strangely, the sale was made in Australian dollars again. So 80% of my Apple sales thus far have been Oz-based*. I have a theory or two as to why, and they’ll be revealed in my next post. Whenever that is.

Speaking of my laziness, I’m sure it had as much to do with my languid sales as the calendar did. Just like last month, I lagged on social media. I still haven’t figured out the correlation between social media activity and sales of self-published ebooks, but I have to assume more (when done properly [whatever that is]) means better. Unfortunately, I’ve been an absentee tweeter the past pair of months. I’ve also had the worst two months of my storied nine-month career of uploading files to Amazon and Smashwords. Coincidence? I think maybe. Only time (and the changing of the leaves) will tell.

As always, thank you for your patronage.

*- Don’t percentages look much more impressive than hard, actual numbers?