Over on my Facebook page, I’m running an ad to see if I can drum up sales for A Warrior’s Path.
As a self-published author, I kinda have to worry about silly things like marketing since there isn’t anyone else to do it. More importantly, I’m following along the paths laid down by Michael Sullivan, Joe Konrath, Lindsay Buroker, and many other authors who have shared their own experiences on how they built their readerships. It’s all part of giving back.
The Facebook ad is an experiment, and once I have the details on how much it finally costs and how many sales (if any) it generated, I’ll let everyone know.
A post from the wonderful Janny Wurts about the history of sales in fantasy and expectations of success. A useful reminder in today’s world, which seems to be all about instant gratification.
The Unrecognized Trajectory of Slow Burn Success by Janny Wurts
BTW if you haven’t read Janny’s Empire series with Raymond Feist, you’re missing out on a great trilogy. Sadly, it’s not yet in ebook format.
The title of the post is lifted from my youngest son. He’ll get a thought in his little noggin and say something like, “It wonders me why the sky is blue?”
Love that phrasing.
I’m still stuck in the Purgatory of studying for my Boards, but there is a small ray of hope. While I don’t want to write new material-I shudder to think what I might write in my current state-I do think I can edit some of the 90,000 words of book 2 that I’ve written so far.
Next item of business: song lists. A lot of authors let readers know what they listen to when they write, so I thought what the heck. I’ll do the same. I like a lot of things, but when I’m writing battles, I gravitate toward this kind of music
Heard it first on The Walking Dead.
My wife suggested I give this sweet, lovely book a try. It’s different from anything that I usually read since it is essentially a story written in blank verse. I read it over a period of a week – five minutes here, 10 minutes there.
The book is an quick, easy read, but by easy I don’t mean simple. It was a poignant, bittersweet walk down memory lane, especially for those of us who are immigrants to America. So many of Ha’s experiences and impressions resonated with those from my own childhood. The simultaneous alienation and hopeful desire to be a part of America – all of it struck a chord.
The writing is crisp-no wasted words-and with a few pithy sentences Lai was able to create a multitude of characters and breathe life into them; everyone from the cowboy to Missss Wasshington. It’s a lesson for all of us who write.
If I have a criticism it’s that the story ended too quickly. I want to know what else happens to Ha and her family. Hopefully, the author will let us know in later volumes.
Winters in NC tend to be short and mild, and this year was no exception. We got a few cold spells and some snow, but overall, it’s been pretty nice. It’s certainly a lot better than where I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where they’ve been stuck in some polar vortex for the past month with a snowstorm every week. That’s bad enough, but what I always hated about winters in the Midwest was the clouds. It seemed like from November to April, the skies were an unrelenting, dismal gray.
In NC, our winters tend to be sunny, and we usually get a break from the cold every few weeks with temperatures in the 50s (that’s in the 10s for those who use Celsius). It makes winters far more tolerable and not so depressing.
All that said, I’m looking forward to leaves on the trees.
Sometime yesterday, the 1000th copy of A Warrior’s Path was purchased. A HUGE thank you to everyone who’s taken a chance on a no-name, first time author and bought my book!
For me, one thousand sales represents something more than just a number. It’s a North Star. It’s more a goal and a guide. It means that something I’ve written has gone out into the world and is resonating. It’s a surreal feeling.
Again, thank you to everyone who’s bought the book!
Today’s the day. The Goodreads giveaway runs through Feb. 25th. So sign up for a chance to win a print version of A Warrior’s Path.
And here’s the link: Goodreads giveaway
I know I’m supposed to build a readership and all that by pimping the bejeezus outta my book. There’s supposed to be non-stop posts about ‘Buy my book. Buy my book. Buy my book’ (forgot to insert the exclamation points after each sentence) but you know, I’m just not in the mood for it. I’d rather write about the stuff I like or whatever happens to Wonders Me (my youngest son’s phraseology).
Not that I won’t be trying to raise awareness of my book, but that won’t be until the start of my Goodreads giveaway. Then I guess I’ll be all over Facebook telling people about it.
But for now, this is my mood.
Love the static guitar.
Starting on Feb. 12th, I’ll be offering 3 signed copies of A Warrior’s Path through Goodreads. The print version is the size of a trade paperback, which is about the size of a hardback and features a gorgeous wraparound cover. Take a look:
The contest runs until Feb. 25th, so sign up. Here’s the link:
What a great song. Love it…
Head Full of Doubt