Friday, July 3, 2015

The Long Tail

Hadn't checked my KDP reports in a while. It's looking pretty good! After the book bomb hit towards the end of May thanks to all the morons at Ace of Spades, my sales have been pretty consistent - one or two a day since then, with some off days.

I am a little disappointed that I didn't get any more non-US sales. I guess I haven't leveled up enough yet to get the "BIG IN <SOME NON-US COUNTRY>" cheevo. My wife is rooting for Italy. Me, I'd take just about anywhere.

Of those, sales are mostly for SMARTASS. I'm not surprised. It's a better book, frankly. I'd like HBVK to do better but facts are facts. It's kind of a hot mess. While I was reformatting HBVK to make it look nicer on ereaders I was just embarrassed the whole time. There are still parts of it I really like -- but overall part of me wants to go back and just re-do the whole thing.

Which I won't, by the way.

And you know, after saying all that, some people really liked it. I may return to that world at some point ... I did have a pretty badass idea. 

So thanks to all you shitlords, morons, trolls, reprobates, and unpersons that bought my books. Also to all the beautiful, kind, God-fearing people, of course, but the Venn diagram on that these days is pretty close. Now, would you LEAVE A DAMN REVIEW?

Let me give a shoutout to Rick Mayo, who bought HBVK recently and reviewed it. Thanks, man. Just a short two sentences and a click on that 5th star was all it took! It really helps me out. If you want to see more books from me then please take the time. I wish there was a way I could make it easier for you, but I looked into it and I don't think Amazon would like me coding a link like that into the ebook. Plus it would be hard as balls.

Money is nice -- very nice, very gratifying. But if the money is the meat, the reviews are the drink.

My big royalty check will get here at the end of this month so I will maybe take a selfie by way of a thank-you to show you your money is wisely spent. Please buy more books so that I get enough money to buy a new gun and I can work that in as well. I can assure you it will be interesting as I'm a gun hipster and just a basic bitch AR-15 is not good enough for me. Maybe a CZ in 7.65 x25 Tokarev (I can hear the gun people laughing out there -- DONCHU JUDGE ME).

And I think this means I should start working on the new Mars book. I already have a bunch written down ... just doesn't quite make sense yet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ARENA OF THE WOLF now $1.99 -- Why?

I should also mention that I've re-formatted HBVK and ARENA as well to bring up the standard. Sorry if you bought a crap copy. Just email me and I'll send you the new version and you can sideload it onto your device (you can't get the new version "officially" without buying it again, sorry).

I don't think I'll be writing any more novellas unless I'm compelled to just for the sake of art. No one seems to want to buy ARENA at $2.99 -- but that's the lowest price I can offer and still get 70%. Dropped the price to $1.99 to see if that helps -- but I only get 35% of that. So 70 cents instead of $1.39. Which kind of defeats the point of me self-publishing it since Amazon keeps most of the money just like a publisher would.

I get why people wouldn't want to pay 3 bucks for a novella when there are a lot of novels out there for the same price. People seem to equate the size of the book with its value for their dollar, which is unfortunate but that's how it is. Too bad -- some ideas really don't seem to work well as full-length novels. If you've ever read a book and felt like it had a bunch of filler, that could be why.

Now, some of this is Amazon. Other services like Kobo might be different, I need to check. Maybe it's not "worth it" to Amazon to have low-priced books like this on their service so they discourage it. I can see that -- it's not about the space they take but I think that's their way of trying to discourage being flooded with cheap, worthless crap books. You can see how well THAT worked out.

One way to handle this problem, I think, would be to anthologize novellas together like Stephen King's (THE UNICORN!)* DIFFERENT SEASONS. Pack three or four together and people might buy that. This is why you see so many short story anthologies as well. Of course, people still don't buy those as much but it's an idea.

Anyway, when you see the price drop on ARENA, that's when the new formatting hits, so you can wait until then. HBVK's new formatting is live.

* - I call Stephen King "The Unicorn". I'll explain why in a later post or MAYBE a podcast ...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thanks Morons!

Thanks to all who bought both HBVK and SoM yesterday. For those who aren't aware, on the weekends the well-regarded blog Ace of Spades has lots of non-political threads for people to discuss gardening, cooking, guns, booze, all that kind of stuff. Oh, and books.

I've read the blog for a long time and really enjoy it. It hits that sweet spot of insightful commentary without being stuffy and easy to pin down. Great podcast, too. So the other day I saw their book thread and thought I'd give it a shot.

Not only did the thread proprietor give me some nice comments on SoM, he also took the time to see what else I'd written and promo'd HBVK as well! Which I hadn't mentioned at all because it's a bit old and frankly not as good as SoM. At least in my opinion.

Anyway, thanks again to all the morons that bought a book. My sales spiked to the largest I've seen since putting the book out. HBVK purchasers, if you think the formatting sucks, sorry about that. It was my first book doing it myself and frankly I wasn't as good at formatting as I am now. I'm actually almost finished putting out a new version with better formatting. Unfortunately Amazon wants you to buy the book again without me going through a lengthy review process -- FUCK THAT. That's why I'm not Amazon exclusive anymore.

So if you have a problem with the formatting, please let me know at jim@jimgavin.net and I will email you a new copy when it's ready.

Maybe I can actually do this marketing thing ...