Monday, May 20, 2013
Crud defeats blogging
I've been running a fever all day, and my tired, sore eyes are finding it hard to focus on screens or books right now; so there won't be much blogging tonight. I hope I'll be able to put up more posts tomorrow morning.
To keep you amused, Brigid has written a very nice review of my first novel, 'Take The Star Road'. I think she and Sarah Hoyt have both seen more clearly what I was trying to achieve with it than many younger readers, who haven't grown up steeped in the works of the 'Big Three': Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein (those of you who don't know their work, but who enjoy good literature, are in for a treat!). Thanks, Brigid! Much appreciated.
As of the time of writing, five full days (i.e. 24-hour periods) after publication on Amazon, the book's sales performance looks like this:
It appears to be holding steady in the top 30 sellers in both of its categories (Space Opera and Military science fiction). It dipped below 20 over the weekend, when sales slowed, but it picked up again today. As more reviews are posted, both on Amazon and on other blogs, I hope it'll continue to improve.
I'm most grateful to all of you for your support and kindness in reading it, and encouraging others to try it. I'm selling about 97 copies for every one borrowed through Amazon's Prime program, so that's a really healthy ratio. I'm not making a huge amount per book, because I deliberately priced it low to attract readers. The second book, of approximately the same length, will probably also be low-priced for the same reason. The third and subsequent books will be longer, and be a little (but not much) more expensive. I want people to keep buying and reading them, after all! In today's economy, it behooves me not to be greedy, and to give my friends and readers value for their reading dollar.
Finally, for those interested in the food we eat (and who isn't?), see the article 'Dear American Consumers: Please Don’t Start Eating Healthfully. Sincerely, the Food Industry' over at Scientific American. It's a telling exposé of how we, as consumers, are manipulated by the producers of everything we eat - and how they profit from every fad and fashion, whether it's good for us or not. Recommended reading.
Take care, friends. I'll be back later.