Those of you who are on my mailing list got a sneak peek at The Burning Land on Monday, the day before it published. Last night (Tuesday), I got the email from Amazon that it had gone live. I was out at the time, so when I got home, I checked it online and was initially tickled to see that it was true.
I say initially, because it didn’t take long for me to discover that there was a minor problem with the “Look Inside” sample. When you click the link (above the cover on the Amazon page), the sample you get ends at the Dedication page. It turns out that this is evidently common when publishing short stories on Amazon, and has to do with the fact that Amazon normally defaults to a “first 10%” setting on their end. When looking inside a novel, the first 10% usually gets you well past the forward matter (the title page, copyright material, table of contents, and all the other little requirements at the beginning of a book). But with a short story? Not so much.
The good news? Because it happens so often, it was simple to find the solution. All I had to do was contact Amazon’s KDP tech support and, using the proper online form, give them the specifics of the problem, the ASIN of the title, and ask them to override the default, setting it to 20% instead.
The bad news? The requested change won’t take effect for three to seven days. That means that during the first several days that it’s live, sales will likely be hampered by the fact that anyone going to check it out, won’t be able to see a sample before they decide to buy it.
However, word of mouth evidently has an effect, too, because I was pleasantly surprised this morning when a friend let me know that TBL is climbing the charts, despite the glitch. As 11AM this morning, it is #18 in Kindle Short Reads (Science Fiction & Fantasy), #106 in Kindle Short Reads (Literature & Fiction), and #287 in Kindle eBooks (Hard Science Fiction).
Funny thing is, I never registered it in the Kindle Short Reads category. I can only assume that’s an automatic thing with Amazon, based on the length of the work. And I know a lot of this quick rise in the rankings is based on the fact that it’s newly published, and the ranking will likely start dropping pretty quickly. But it’s still pretty awesome to see.
And who knows? Maybe it will get another boost once they get the 10% / 20% glitch fixed. That would be great!
So, enough about TBL. In other news, I’m beginning to get feedback from some of my Year 12 beta readers, so it’s looking good for getting the notes in time to incorporate them before sending the manuscript off to the editor.
And as soon as it’s off, I’ll be able to get back to concentrating on End Point Pangaea. Looking at my calendar, it looks like I should have three new titles out before the end of the year (TBL, Y12, and Chucklers), and hopefully another one (EPP) in the first quarter of 2017. Of course, Chucklers and EPP are a little trickier, since they’re part of a collaboration with the publisher. That makes it a little more difficult for us to coordinate with one another, so things move a bit slower, but I think Chucklers is in the last stages of production.
And I’m at the point where I have to start thinking about what I need to do next (after EPP). There are a lot of projects that need to be done. The second book in the Chucklers series, second book in the Pangaea series, second book in the Amber Payne series, I have a couple of short stories (possibly novellas) set in the Half Past Midnight world. Hmmm…. and now that I think about it, one of them is probably about halfway done already. Yeah, I think it’s time to finish Crazy Larry. Then, maybe the next Chucklers novel. I don’t know… maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
For now, it’s time to get back to work on the Y12 edits. So take care, stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time!