Swallow the Moon is #Free


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Swallow the Moon is #Free Amazon US

Swallow the Moon FREE on Amazon Australia.

Swallow the Moon – Free in Canada!

Swallow the Moon – Free in the UK!

Not sure why they did this. But Swallow the Moon is now free at Amazon US and AU.

Get your free copy now!

Amazon gave away over 450 copies yesterday. I’m amazed at how much support I got from my friends to spread the word.

Right now, the e-book is riding high at #5 on the Romance, Paranormal, Ghost list.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Holidays

I was just reading up on the Passive Voice blog about villians i.e. Maleficent.

I get to blow my own horn on this blog. LOL So I will say that characters who are ‘Pure Good’ or ‘Pure Evil’ bore me to tears. I don’t read horror, slasher or killer thriller because too often the villian is ‘Pure Evil.’

I’ve blogged about “Villians Who Eat Babies for Breakfast” in a post called ‘Over Kill’.

I’m careful to use a very light touch with “Swallow the Moon” – I give the reader plenty wiggle room to wonder how the story is going to turn out. There are levels of evil and I try to hit them all.

I’m loving this short time on the Best Seller’s List. I’m going to let it go until Amazon gives away at least 3k ebooks. Then I’ll track down the site that triggered this round of freebies and raise the price back to $0.99.

We’ll see how long it takes to get there.

Stay tuned!

“Swallow the Moon” is back at $.99 after a week as a freebie. Amazon gave away almost 1k ebooks.

That was fun!

A Message to Nook Owners


I’m a Nook owner myself, and I understand perfectly where other Nook owners are coming from when they complain about KDP Select.

For me as a writer, this exclusive is only for 90 days. I expect that my sales will drop back to a ‘pre-Select’ level in a few weeks. By that time, there may be some pent up demand for ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ on B&N.

Meanwhile – “Swallow the Moon” the book most likely to succeed on B&N long term has still sold ZERO copies. I used to have better B&N sales than Amazon. Then something happened and all my sales stopped.

It may have been that ‘Nookboards’ changed hands and formats. It took me months to figure out how to set my profile back up. My threads no longer contained book covers – I didn’t have a signature line. None of the Moderators had been taught how to use the software, so they couldn’t help me either.

There wasn’t any way for readers to find my Books on Barnes & Noble website. Their system isn’t streamlined. Nor can Indie writers advertise on the site itself. Advertising on Nookboard doesn’t make up for that.

The only way for me to advertise is word of mouth, and I can’t get that on the B&N website, or on Nookboards. I’ve still got a banner ad up for “Swallow the Moon” my 2nd book – it’s got a whopping 1 or 2 hits per day in December. Still not a single sale. “Swallow the Moon” has sold 4 copies since July, 1 of them in November.

How do I justify leaving  “Swallow the Moon” up on Barnes & Noble when I can’t get it noticed, even after paying for advertising on Nookboards since July? I’ve given way 54 copies on Smashwords – had ZERO sales on that site.

As a writer, I can only shake my head in utter frustration.

I took my oldest book ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ to KDP Select on 12/12/11 and watched it come back to life. This was from December 18th – AFTER ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ was off the Free Chart:

UK Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) 
#1 in Books > Fiction > Erotic > Adult Fiction 
#5 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Romance > Romantic Suspense 
#5 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Thrillers & Suspense 

I was SURE that my B&N sales would take off come December…but they didn’t. Not a single copy of ‘Swallow the Moon’ sold, though I’m giving away ‘Impressive Bravado’ and have a banner ad on Nookboards.

I contacted B&N’s Pubit in June and asked if there was a way for them to promote “Swallow the Moon” or make it free for a few days in exchange for an exclusive launch on their site.

I didn’t get an answer.

Bob Mayer was able to get an exclusive launch with them. His book was free for 5 days. His book was a HUGE hit on B&N – so he brought that success with him when it went to Amazon.

(I was GREEN with envy, but I’m no Bob Mayer.)

I think Amazon saw that – and jumped on that idea like a duck on a Junebug. Only they threw it open to everyone.

Which brings us to date.

If I could have done the same thing on B&N, I would have. I still would, because I own a Nook and I think competition is a wonderful thing. But no-one was given the option at B&N.

Maybe if their customers complained, B&N would get the message. However, I’m afraid they are a Brick ‘n Mortar company struggling to become an Internet Company. While they can make a few changes over time, they can’t give the ‘best and brightest’ in IT free rein because they are basically afraid of technology. (If they weren’t the Nook wouldn’t NEED to be rooted.)

 

The Death of Culture! (Oh My!)


Are there really two ways to look at writing? Is it an Art Form that is Sacred and somehow Magickal? Where the artistic must live tortured lives of poverty and disease – and die lonely and penniless in the city streets?

OH Pleeasssseeee! This is horse shit!

I feel that the pulp fiction moniker has set me free of the restrictions of the romance genre. IMO calling all Indie work “pulp fiction” takes the pressure off the price debate. The writer whose work is selling just fine at $.99 (71 pence) can say “Well, it’s a penny-dreadful – that’s where they sell.” And the person who charges “slick” prices ($3.99 and up) can shrug it off.

Everyone makes money, there is a bit of pressure to raise the price of the next book to “Dime novel” levels ($2.99 to $3.99) just to get away from the label of penny-dreadful, but if it doesn’t sell as a dime novel, then it doesn’t sell. We can stop worrying about what other people charge and get on with the business of writing and e-publishing.

Which brings me back to this–

“Literature and culture per se would die if every writer wrote only to satisfy a market bowing to instant monetary gratification.”- Authonomy Author

I keep looking at that statement, trying to make something positive out of it, but all it does is piss me off further.

Why do – errggg! – I don’t have any nice, or neutral to say to someone who has such a terminal cranial-rectile inversion. I could not stop myself from replying:

That sounds very British.
Oh, effing GAG ME!

Culture doesn’t pay the rent – but if you are independently wealthy you can be as literary and cultured as you like.

Me, I have bills to pay and elderly parents to take care of.

HOW DARE we insist on being – practical – when it comes to ‘Literature and Culture per se‘ by bringing filthy money into it? How ghastly and common of me. I should crawl back into my drafty ghetto apartment and die of TB like a good little artist.

Is there a puking smiley? I really need one. 8-<–

WTF is wrong with making a living doing something you love and are good at? I should sic Zoe Winters on this chick! (Just kidding, Zoe. Stay Zen girl and keep writing.) Making a living from writing may kill off ‘Literature and Culture per se‘ but WFT – it’s about time that mid-list and pulp fiction writers made some money.

The point is that the old Pulp Fiction magazines and books gave a lot of famous writers their start. They made their living pounding on typewriters – entertained millions of people. They put smiles on people’s faces, and became a beloved part of pop(ular) culture. Some of the books were forgotten, others are classics. How do you argue with the brilliance of Issac Asimov, mathematician?

You can’t argue with idiots – they aren’t smart enough to know when they’ve lost.