As more of a writer than a marketer, it can be hard to talk about sales and marketing. I launched Attacked Beneath Antarctica with as much of an advertising blitz as I could afford, and then dropped the price on Against the Eldest Flame to $0.99 as a cheap way to get into the series.
So far it seems to be working. My free promotion on Against the Eldest Flame got almost 300 copies out into the wild, and that’s just the beginning. Freebies are fun, but what matters are sales and paid reads.
That’s where I’m actually seeing the benefits. Against the Eldest Flame is selling steadily; the numbers aren’t huge but they’ve been pretty constant. I’ve also been selling copies of both sequels, with Attacked Beneath Antarctica moving slightly faster than Air Pirates of Krakatoa.
It’s looking good, and now I’m getting ready to publish book 4: Giant Robots of Tunguska.
Keep an eye out for it!
One of the quirks about Amazon’s review system is that while US reviews propagate to other markets, although they don’t affect the star ranking, foreign reviews don’t show up anywhere on the US site.
For example, Against the Eldest Flame has this review on Amazon UK, and Air Pirates of Krakatoa also has a very good review on the same site. The only catch is that you can’t see those reviews unless you follow the link, or visit Amazon.co.uk.
It’s a curious fact about the system, and not one I would have noticed if I hadn’t looked at other sites.
You learn something new every day.
Just a quick reminder that today is the last day you can get Against the Eldest Flame free on Amazon! Starting tomorrow I’m going to be charging for it again.
Grab it free while you still can.
If you like my books, and if you’re reading this I hope you do, I have a favor to ask: Could you please review my Doc Vandal books on Amazon.com?
Against the Eldest Flame is free through tomorrow, so you can easily pick that one up.
The other two books aren’t free, but I have two copies of each book to give away in return for an honest review. Just hit me up through the Contact page with your Amazon account email and I’ll gift you a copy.
Please post your reviews on Amazon.com as those reviews propagate to the other sites, but it doesn’t go the other way.
Why wait? Ask for your free review copy today!
After reading this Lit Hub post on cover design, I thought it would be interesting to share the the process involved in making the cover of the first Doc Vandal adventure, Against the Eldest Flame. The big thing was that I wanted a cover that really felt like it would have been perfectly at home on a newsstand in 1937. That meant no obvious CGI figures or backgrounds; the cover needed a painted look. I’ve put the journey behind the fold because there are a number of images here.
Continue reading “The Making of a Cover”
In another world it’s 1937 and Doc Vandal fights evil along with Victoria (Vic) Frank, Gus the Gorilla, and Gilly Chanter from his headquarters on the 87th floor of the Republic State Building.
That’s the premise of my new series beginning with Against the Eldest Flame.
In this blog I want to share both the adventures I’m creating and their inspirations. The 1930’s were an incredible decade, and I want to explore it in good company. Welcome aboard.