As per usual, my book sales are lackluster. I think there are two (three?) reasons for this.
- My publisher’s delay in releasing Blood Soaked and Gone, even in ebook format.
- My decision to inject comedy and schmaltz into a genre where people can be purists about their horror.
- I could also call my lack of skill as a self-marketer into question as a possible third reason.
Cross marketing for the semi-unknown author seems to be a key aspect of cracking the sales wall. Personal engagements in independent stores also seems to help. Attending conventions and talking to people does a bit, too.
This is difficult when you’re an introvert.
I’ve also advised other people in similar situations, to actually tell your readership what you’d like them to do. Let me do that again. If you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written, already in print, or here on my site, please feel free to share that with people you know. Word of mouth is still key.
Thank you everybody! Have a great weekend!
I created a Zazzle store for Blood Soaked and Contagious related/inspired products. Why? I thought it would be fun, and it is! Drop by and have a look!
I just got home from the doctor and the pharmacy. I’ve got two a one-two punch of illness, and I’m really not thrilled about that. There are too many things on my docket.
- Continue the job hunt for social media, content management/creation, and writing, positions
- Keep working on the fiction projects
- 19 Puffs of Smoke
- Half-Man Hunting (new, waiting to see if it evolves into a full manuscript)
- Super Love! (which I’ve let go fallow for a bit)
- Blood Soaked #4, Blood Soaked and Unleashed
Beyond that, there’s not terribly much to update you on. I would like it if you continued to spread the good word about my zombie books that are already on the market. The best marketing in the world for authors is still recommendations from friends.
Speaking of which, if you have not read Sean Smith’s “Objects of Wrath,” Paul Mannering’s “Tank Bread” series, and Mike Clary’s “Guardian” series… let me tell you, you’re missing out on some of the best small press fiction out there.