First of all, I’m not going to address the terrible tragedy in Connecticut. I’m tired of the sensationalizing and politicizing of such a tragic event before the families of the victims have had a chance to mourn properly, and I refuse to be a part of it. All I will say is that my heart goes out to the victims and their families.
I will also mention that it has caused me to question exactly where my policy on not talking about politics here ends, and my freedom to address current events begins. But again, that’s a topic for another time.
In the meantime, I had the two-day giveaway of The Road to Rejas at the beginning of the week. It was an interesting experiment that has pretty much proven to me that Amazon is no longer interested in promoting that particular marketing strategy. Their algorithms no longer seem to take into account your title ranking before you went into “free mode”, but instead start you over once you come out. When R2R went free, it was ranked just under #17000 on Kindle. Afterwards, it shot off to an abysmal ranking of more than #69000. It is finally coming back down to where it was, but it was a scary few days. It was bad enough that I have to conclude that the ONLY advantage to putting a work out there for free is that it briefly gains a little attention, and gets your work out to a few new readers.
And speaking of which, I seem to be at a quandary here. I’ve gotten a few reviews on R2R, and for the most part, they are good. However, a consistent complaint is that the readers thought they were getting a full length novel, and were bummed to find it was only a novella. I’m not really sure what I can do about that. I put the fact that it is a novella in the book description on Amazon. And I put a subtitle on the cover that says “A Half Past Midnight novella”. I’m not sure what else I can do to let people know. Ideas, anyone?
On the Streets of Payne front, I’ve made some good progress, getting another two thousand words in this weekend. The bad news is that this is turning into another of those stories where the more I write, the larger the story grows. I had originally envisioned it coming in at a bit over eighty thousand words. It is beginning to look like it may be closer to one hundred thousand, instead. And of course, I haven’t heard back from the cover artist since December 8. The work she’s done so far has been phenomenal, but it’s still not completed. (sigh)
Ah! And I’m participating in a giveaway on Goodreads. The “Apocalypse Whenever” group is throwing a Mayan Non-Apocalypse Giveaway, and I have volunteered a signed proof copy of HPM, as well as three kindle copies of R2R.
All right, that’s enough for now. I say it almost every post, but it’s especially apropos this week.
Be safe everyone.