Life has been somewhat random lately, so this post is just to get stuff out of the way.
Just finished the beta reading of a novel, and that’s probably the last one I’ll do for some time. A lot of time and work, during which I put off my own writing tasks.
Lots of housecleaning, virtual and otherwise. Deleted links to some blogs that are no longer interesting to me, including Konrath’s. Dean Wesley Smith may also go, since most of his posts are now flogging his new publishing venture and his books. I’m not a customer for either Smith or Konrath, and if they have nothing useful to say to me, they’re dead weight.
Deleted my Twitter account — again. This time for good. There’s rarely anything on it from my few follows that I can’t find elsewhere, and I don’t tweet often enough to be a presence. Also dropped out of Pinterest, more out of annoyance than anything else. I unfollowed someone who posts dozens of pics at a time, flooding my page, and found that her stuff was still on my page. Complaint to powers-that-be resulted in the usual instructions on how to do what I’d already done, and various non-answers (three of them).
Relative to Twitter deletion, the only site I’m on now that could remotely be considered a social network is Goodreads, and that’s mostly for finding new books, and leaving reviews and ratings.
How is this lack of social networking presence affecting my sales? July and August were terrible, but that seems to be normal for most writers — very slow summer sales. But September is shaping up to be an exceptional month (with the understanding that sales mysteriously come and go and could stop at any moment). 15 sales of Hidden Boundaries so far, and a few of Crossing Boundaries and Within the Silence. This is with no marketing of any kind, whatsoever. All sales are from Amazon except one on B & N, through Smashwords, which continues Smashwords’ descent into near-uselessness for me.
My numbers certainly don’t approach anything that would normally be considered success, but I’m satisfied that the the books continue to sell without much help from me. The folk wisdom that you’re simply going to get lost on a huge site like Amazon if you don’t promote, promote, promote, looks more like an old wive’s tale than anything else. Otherwise, why would people continue to find and buy something as obscure as Hidden Boundaries? All I’ve done is tweak descriptions, and make sure that it’s properly tagged.
Minor annoyances that I can’t do anything about: 1. What seems like a trend to insert sex/romance into science fiction as a deliberate draw. I’ve seen a couple of books labeled as romantic SF, and the SF listings on Amazon are showing covers that properly belong to the heaving bosoms crowd. All I can say about that is UGGH! I hope those writers get what they deserve — one-star ratings, and lots of complaints from disappointed romance readers. 2. Amazon’s Kindle listings for science fiction are heavily polluted with zombie, shifters, ghosties, and other paranormal nonsense, and by fantasy novels. I detest the increasing trend that jams SF and fantasy into the same category, especially in anthologies.
That is all.