It was a somewhat crazy weekend around the old Grey Cottage. The Man had to attend a funeral for a friend. The Boy had opening weekend for his school musical. I met with some other local writers at The New Albanian Pizzeria and Public House for epic pizza and craft beer, as well as talking shop.
Speaking of talking shop, I’m pleased with my decision to re-release BLOWHARD with a new cover, and give it away on Amazon for the weekend. It had almost 3X the free downloads in a weekend as it had during its previous 30 day free run on Smashwords. I don’t know how much to attribute that to the new cover, and how much to attribute to the bigger audience on Amazon. Now, it just remains to be seen whether that new cover will spark paid sales.
On the topic of paid sales, I also saw a slight boost in sales of my other $.99 eBooks over the weekend, which pushed me over the $10 minimum to receive royalties in the US marketplace. My UK and Canadian sales don’t count towards the minimum. So in 60 days, I’ll receive my first royalty payment as a fiction author, almost six months exactly after starting this experiment.
If I had it to do over again, I would have given myself a full 24 hours after the new cover upload to start the free promotion. For most of Friday, it was still showing up with the old, sad, bad cover. It really did take almost an entire day for the new cover to propagate through the product page, the search results pages, the “LOOK INSIDE” sample, and the actual download.
Amazon is a big mamma-jamma of a site. It takes a while for the webmonkeys to update all the things.
In addition to the free promo and new cover, I set up my Amazon AuthorCentral page. It’s one of those random tasks I kept putting off, and finally got around to doing.
No updates on BITTER COLD / ONCE UPON A CLOCKWORK TALE. Will post any news as soon as I get it.
I pressed pause on the draft of BROKEN MIRROR for the sake of continuity. It takes place in the same world as all my steampunk fairy tales, but in 1908, which makes it chronologically the last in the series. I plan to have some characters cross over, so I realized I needed to write out a basic timeline of major events to avoid retconning these stories later.
In case anyone cares, the “exceedingly rough and still subject to change” timeline of the planned steampunk fairy tales series is:
- BLOWHARD – February 1860 (Three Little Pigs)
- BIG TEETH – Fall of 1885 (Red Riding Hood)
- BITTER COLD – Spring of 1886 (The Snow Queen)
- BAD DREAM – 1889 (Sleeping Beauty)
- BETE NOIRE – 1890 (Beauty & The Beast)
- BROKEN MIRROR – 1908 (Snow White)
There’s a fairly significant gap between BETE NOIRE and BROKEN MIRROR, which is probably where I will set smaller stories. I’m still considering retellings of The Princess & The Pea and/or Goldilocks (which will most decidedly not be entitled BEAR NECESSITIES, as I have no desire to get sued by Disney).
Also, Beta readers of BITTER COLD will note that Kit & Greta would be in their early 40s during BROKEN MIRROR. And who knows? Maybe they might turn up at Lang & Perrault’s World Famous Circus…