The Smoldering Crater Set Before You

Oh what a rough week or two.

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A very old WIP I did in Bryce and Poser.  Not a selfie, but it’s how I feel right now.

Special torture followed up by a work week from hell… (84 hours in 7 days) has left me a mess.  No writing done in that time, but a lot of anxiety over book sales and everything I should not be concerned with.  But… it has been illuminating to struggle through this.  I’ve learned how easily a single sale pops up your ranking, if only for a day or even a few hours, not to mention how important listing your book in the right list will help in exposure.

It is also surprising to see how Amazon ads work.  Not what I thought, and certainly not as effective as I thought, but then again, that could be also because of my pricing.  $3.99 seems to be daunting for many people, so I have an idea and if you are out there listening, I’d sure like to hear opinions. 🙂

I’m thinking of splitting the book up into 3 volumes.  Price the first one as free and the second two at $0.99.  It will not have the same cover, just something simple, tasteful and elegant using the seal.  Nor will it have the map.  Those are the benefits of buying the whole book in one piece, but perfect for those not sure if they want to invest in the first book of the series.  Opinions now accepted. 😉

I’m also a little concerned with who to use as my POD supplier for my hardcover and paperback.  I’m not thrilled with Createspace (because your royalties for their Expanded Distribution are beyond laughable.), nor Ingram Spark (For reasons not worth going into).  Direct2Digital looks the best, but they can’t sell on Amazon, so that’s a big concern but it could sell on Kobo and Smashwords among others.  So… it’ll still be on Barnes & Noble too.  Sigh.  Plus the cost is looking as high as $15.00 for trade paperbacks!  Yipes!  (Most not for me)

Anyway, that’s why the silence for a long period.  I could not get around so many things.

BTW Reviewers!  I haven’t seen too many around save for a few of y’all who have been fantastic!  They really do matter a lot for sales and rankings and promotions, so if you haven’t done one yet on Amazon, Smashwords or Kobo, (or Goodreads if you use it)  please do!  😀    BTW, if anyone has had any problems purchasing on Amazon, let me know!  Please!  One person tipped me off that Kindle’s and the iPad ap may not be accepting purchases for my book.  That’s just dirty pool if it’s happening to others.  Otherwise you can still get it from the other two main vendors.

Okay, now… the plan as it sits right now.  Stop focusing so hard on book 1.  Work a new cover image, and see about splitting the book into 3 parts for sale, cheap.  And of course, I will be ecstatic if I can get 10 chapters done by this time next week, 5 by Monday.  So that’s the hope and the goal.  I am going to be pushing hard to finish book 2’s first draft by Easter again.  So that’s the big goal.

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X-Post… Launch Countdown halted

Well, not halted, just… sigh… just not able to launch like I hoped.  Similar to launching a rocket, sometimes the countdown has to be stopped for some reason, and I hit one of those kinds of snags.

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Before I can use some of the services that would help for getting reviews, I must have the cover complete first, not a temporary cover.

So I guess I’m ready to send it out to those who wish to review it that I’ve found. So, If you haven’t contacted me and you want a review copy in which to brag about, contact me. I will probably be sending them out later today to those I know, so if you did not get one, you need to contact me  through here right away!  Get me your emails so you can be part of the fun!

Recovery…

I did not realize how much anxiety and pain this election was causing me.  How much had it been distracting me?  Lots.  The last few days, I’ve been grateful to not write, but sat there vegging out to Guild Wars 2 or working.  (And let me tell you the survey of almost 100% of truckers who hated Hillary and loved or begrudgingly wanted Trump was a constant bombardment.)  I could not focus or concentrate on my NaNoWriMo project or even think of putting up posts.

But now it’s done.  Hillary has been defeated, and I can breath a sigh of relief that my nightmare will not be visited upon this nation or the world.  I have kept my politics mostly out of here because I know I do not share a popular view in the literary world.  So, this is all I am going to say about the election other than to point out why I’ve been lagging in my posts and creative output.  It was taking a lot of my attention and fortitude to survive this and all the other stuff bombarding me.  I will also keep my schadenfreude elsewhere for the sake of those not interested in politics but want to just enjoy fantasy and writing travels… and travails.  😉

NOW….  Back to regularly scheduled insanity.

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Daisy sez: Much happy.  So relief.  Extreme wow.