checking out the ghost town

Not that I don’t already have enough social media distraction in my life but I’ve recently been checking out Google Plus as an alternative (or at least additional) option to Facebook. As I’m sure all indie writers are now well aware, Facebook’s recent changes have essentially made any posts authors make to their Facebook “fan” pages virtually impossible to see unless the writer is also willing to pay to “boost this post” (in other words, pay for advertising). As an author relatively new to the game, this didn’t sit well with me after working to bring people to like my author Facebook “fan” page. After finally reaching a respectable number of likes on my page, I learned that only a tiny fraction of those people who like the page will actually see what I post there. The result being, I’ve found myself using Facebook less. I will say, though, at least I’m not alone. I had to laugh the other day when a writer mentioned that not even her husband saw her recent post on his timeline. So, this made me curious about Google Plus. Yes, I’d heard the rumors about it being a ghost town but I figured I might as well check it out. I have to say, it really does offer some nice features such as creating circles allowing you control who sees what. Google Plus also offers quite a bit more control over what you post there, such as the ability to edit after the fact and use formatted text to make your posts look more professional. Now, it’s back to square one. After getting people to...

Streetlights Like Fireworks $0.99 Book Launch

When I published my first novel, Jump When Ready, I was tentatively dipping my toe into the waters of indie publishing and had no idea, really, what was involved. I did some research but most of my time and energy was spent on editing and formatting (and before that, writing, of course). After hitting the publish button, it dawned on me that I better start telling people my book was out there (I know, I know, but like I said I was totally green). So, I scheduled a blog tour and signed onto KDP Select to see how those things would work out. Well, the blog tour did little for sales but did produce some nice reviews from bloggers. I decided it was probably worth it to have those review quotes (plus, the tour was fun). As for KDP Select, my first run of two free days saw over 6,500 downloads and Jump When Ready broke the Top 100 Free list on Amazon. Yes, I was ecstatic but didn’t realize that a great free ranking did little for a book’s paid ranking (a very disappointing discovery, I assure you). Still, KDP Select helped me put the word out there and I appreciated that opportunity. All the same, for Streetlights Like Fireworks, I decided to try a $0.99 promo launch while also pricing Jump When Ready the same way to see if the two books might start talking to each other on Amazon. This was a totally last minute decision too (do you get the feeling I’m not much of a planner?) when I came across an episode from Simon Whistler’s...

How To Increase Piracy

Interesting post about why DRM doesn’t prevent pirating (does anyone outside trad publishing even use DRM?) and a nice offer for those who purchased the first edition of Let’s Get Digital to get the revised version (best bet, signing up of David Gaughran’s mailing list, which is a good idea...