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!
Now that book three is out, it’s time to talk about where I go from here with the Doc Vandal series.
The next step is book 4, which is completely written and just needs some editing to be released. Meanwhile, I’m working on book 5 and have a few ideas percolating for book 6. Currently, book 5 looks to be set almost entirely in the United States and will close out 1937 for our characters.
My biggest problem with the series, speaking as a writer, is that I have too many ideas. Every episode of Ancient Aliens gives me a seed for another two or three adventures.
Enjoy the books that are already out, and if enough of you like them I’ll keep going.
Don’t forget to review your favorites!
As of one o’clock this morning I finished the draft of Giant Robots of Tunguska, bringing it home at 53,839 words. I created the Scrivener document on the evening of February 20th, and finished it in the early morning of May 25th– so it took me three months and five days to write making it my fastest ever novel.
Now it’s planning the next one, editing book three, and looking at the other novels I have in the drafting stages.
As I write this I’m coming into the final stretch on Doc Vandal book 4, Giant Robots of Tunguska. Everyone’s in a bad situation, even the characters who don’t realize it, and it’s time to pull all the threads together.
Some writers plan everything out with a detailed outline so they know exactly what’s going to happen next: I’m not one of those writers. I have a rough outline and I know where I want all the pieces to end up. What I don’t know is exactly how they’re going to get there.
It’s also where I go back and look for any dangling plot threads I need to tie up. This would be a ton easier if I could just stick to my outline, but I can’t. The story I end up with is never exactly what I planned.
However, not knowing exactly where I’ll end up and how I’ll get there helps make the writing fun. It’s like reading the book to find out what happens, only much slower.