The following pic is a cheap attempt at enlivening an otherwise business-related blog entry. It does make me consider what the photo-shoot was like...
Okay, down to business.
Got my sales figures for April-June from Excessica, for ‘Twisted Lust’ and ‘Gabrielle and the Devil’. They made me laugh. Out loud. Quite literally. Seems like every book including ‘A Detailed History of Lentils’ was outselling me at that point.
Now I know for a fact that things have picked up since then, but that’s largely due to some localized word-of-mouth and one particularly enthusiastic Malden fan, who I’d like to clone. The situation is also helped (and Christ knows it needed some helping) by the fact that ‘The Jared Effect’ is out there again with hopefully a resultant knock-on effect due to those who buy it.
My current problem is this – how the hell do you get a book moving independently on Amazon? Right now I’m working for every sale having achieved no momentum there whatsoever. I figured there’d be some kind of steady trickle effect, but I figured wrongly. So without labouring the point, let me leave that Amazon-related question with you and add another one. A key question.
If a writer has a product in which they have confidence, what methods might he best use to get grass-rootsy word-of-mouth publicity working on his behalf?
While I’m asking, let me request. My books need reviews and bulked-up tags on Amazon. If you have read any of them and enjoyed, might I impose upon you for a brief positive review and to agree with the tags I’ve put in place? It’s undignified to plead I know, but hell, dignity is a casualty of being an aspiring author it seems.
This is quite a dull entry so I’m going to spice it up with another unrelated sexy pic. I’m also going to push ‘Twisted Lust’ some more starting today, by blogging extracts. So look out for that.