I really feel guilty about how little time I’ve been able to spend on Red Room, but I’ve been consumed of late by the marketing demands for my two e-books, THE LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF SQUIRRELS ( http://tinyurl.com/2cdcblf ) and SKELETON: A BARE BONES MYSTERY ( http://tinyurl.com/2dbstrg ). What I’ve found is that it takes from thirty to forty tweets on Twitter or ten to twenty Facebook posts to generate a single sale.
The good news is the books are getting great reviews, which seem to be generating good word-of-mouth sales. Sales, in fact, have doubled each month since the books were first posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple in late August.
I view these sales and the concomitant 70% royalties less as ca-ching! and more as evidence that the books deserve to be published in ink-on-paper editions. So, if acquisitions editors are reading this blog, please check out my e-books.
In December, I’ll push the books as “perfect e-stocking stuffers,” hoping to generate sales among people lucky enough to receive an e-reader during the holidays.
In January, I will cut back on the marketing to finish my latest novel, FLICKER, a ghost story set in a haunted diner. (Look for excerpts in future posts.) Then I’ll send queries and manuscripts to all the usual suspects, and see what happens. I’m hoping for published novel number one, but know that the book could at least end up as e-book number three. And a possible number one or number four, THE PALE, a book that will put vampires and werewolves in their place, will soon be in the works.
If agents and editors have turned down a book you believe in, I encourage you to take your manuscript out of that dark bottom e-drawer, convert it to an e-book, and submit it to the ultimate “deciders”: readers.