The interesting parts to this week were some of the least exciting – but hum-drum for me usually means breakthroughs – and this was no exception. Still calving season, and they are all cute. We call it T&A – checking teats and rear-ends for signs they are close…
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 16 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 34/116 (Actual vs. Reported: 30%)
Overall Total: 3514 (Still declining, as expected.)
Published Words Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 0, Medium: 0, Wattpad: 0
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 2502, Else: 0 (Medium)
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
- 20 (yay!)
Books In Progress:
- Origin Tales: Mysti
- The Arrivals
Book sales this week:
Lulu sales for April: -1 ebooks, 250 paper/hardback (avg per week – 50 | avg. royalty – $3.30) only three fiction out of that. Next report 15 May – 2 fiction paperbacks sold (they’ve sent me a growing backlog of “quality” – read: picayune – issues.)
Note: Amazon Fiction – 20/49=40% – just above my usual 1/3rd of total sales (Amazon). Overall sales better, still need a lot of improvement. Long-term strategy is still the same.
New Podcast Episodes:
- 11 (Had to proof three transcripts.)
Started a new book, but between getting fencing and an Easter visit from relatives (plus other stuff below) I couldn’t get a grip on it. This new one takes two earlier short stories and turns them into a romance. Speculative parable, as usual. Has two elementals in it. Takes up the point, “but what happened when those Lazurai who were in the secret government laboratory were released? How about following up on the Brower Universe ‘elemental origin’ scene?” Again, if I want to make a priority of writing a book, I should really get it set up and in “chewing-over” mode earlier in the week. Usually, I start writing these on Thursday – but this time was working on the new Skillshare courses.
Mostly used Friday for Skillshare courses. That platform isn’t very intuitive, but like the definition it does “work the same as the last time I figured it out.” So once I figured out how to make projects, I rebuilt the two I over-wrote, and added two more. So now I have projects on two goal-attainment courses, and two writing-publishing books. And frankly, I’m happy to stop at this point on these. Courses weren’t on my strategic schedule, and creating audio, slides, and videos for each lesson will take considerable time to create – but priority has to be 1) upgrading my reader magnets, 2) continuing new book output, 3) publishing fiction to Wattpad for more audience. (But… you can visit my Skillshare projects at https://skillshare.com/profile/Robert-Worstell/3888708)
Updating Fiction got a roll on. 20 books this week, mostly in a single day. Because it got really simple. (Only 80-some to go in single titles, some 40 anthologies…) With the new nonfiction landing page set up, this should be fairly simple as well. (If I leave Skillshare alone.) 89 non-fiction to do – m/l. Plan is to go ahead and do all fiction. Some of the earliest fiction (the ’round up and publish’ set) will need re-proofing. As well as some of the non-fiction. My email coach said to ignore the non-sellers, but that advice is for authors who have had several years of no-sales. Most of my fiction hasn’t even been out a whole year yet. Now, I can simply do that with the non-fiction, as I’ve now got a couple years of annual sales data. Still, some each week, – back to batches. This got faster as I’m only updating D2D and Amazon.
Subscriber blues – you can’t fix stupid. One lady, who has been fairly vocal, asked me this week why she was being asked to pay? So I told her – free previews are for ACR members. Then she said something snarky about “preview” meant not the whole book. So I unsubscribed her. Quietly (other than this blog post.) One other person asked about free – and then apologized for being a cheapskate. Another demanded another free book after I apologized for a wrong link – like the time my emailer sent out multiple emails. This is all simply training them to be a good subscriber. Meanwhile, I continue to have people drop off my lists by becoming inactive. As expected – again, I am seeing only 10% of actual Instafreebie subscribers make it long term. And once I catch up on the reader-magnet upgrades, I’ll start in on advertising to generate a larger list. About the time I cut off IF and re-invest those funds. Don’t know if it will be until mid-summer or later.
IF stupids also unfixable. I extended a giveaway from 30 Mar to April 30 (for a instafreebie promotion) and told the authors about it. One over-vocal nitwit nagged me about removing her books. And her comments encouraged a couple of others to do this as well. Turns out she was only promoting on social media and her books claimed were – wait for it – 0. Of course, IF doesn’t allow you to take the conversations offline, so I delisted all the books people wanted, and deleted her and my comments about removing books. Most of IF authors are on “who cares” approach, and 50% never promote at all. So it’s simpler to just extend the giveaway and give no one any ideas. Go back monthly and simply look for books that don’t show up any more. I mean, it’s really dumb to remove your books, as it’s the chance of free subscribers…
Organic results – did get two non-fiction subscribers and also a front-page subscriber this week. So my reader magnets are working otherwise. Of course, you’d think I would get more fiction backad subscribers. But again, it’s catching up all the books, and ensuring whatever comes out of pre-order is updated. There’s an interesting video I’m trying to make time to watch – about using courses to get subscribers. The non-fiction updates, done according to sales, will get a mini-course in their backend. This can be delivered through Gumroad, where I’ll get their email right off. So – it’s a different approach to non-fiction. And making sure all the books I’ve ever had sell are everywhere in all versions. A much larger cycle than fiction books.
Gumroad surge – was a freebie. Wanted to test my Book Universes, so gave away the entire anthology plus the audio with a 100% discount. Now I have to go back and get some feedback on that version. This will be the model going forward for all anthologies – including the Book Universes ebook and audio as a book magnet for that book. With that and the “Dog Named Kat” surge on Amazon, this list scene is beginning to show real promise of paying for itself.
What’s After Nap Hill’s 6 Steps?
Quite simple – you keep reviewing the Strangest Secret Library and adding on. This is the core of my success – just piling into these books and restudying them. I use audiobooks (my book-casts) and also get into real audiobooks as well. I went through two Silva Ultramind books this week. Both are available through Nightingale-Conant (https://nightingale.com). I’ve long held Silva and Levenson material as key, since they explain more of how Nap Hill’s 6 steps are so effective.
The biggest mileage has been from going over Catherine Ponder’s “Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” There is one chapter about the “vacuum law” of prosperity that I needed to review – and then found out that my Ultramind studies were cross-explaining her 1920’s book and vice-versa. Silva referred to only “Higher Intelligence” while Ponder used her Unity background and the more traditional terms. (God, Jehovah, Jesus Christ, et al.) The point is that all this is saying the same thing. And this is really changing my view on things.
Meaning that it’s helping me narrow down this goal approach and really put more energy behind it.
There is a compiled book I produced years ago – “Mystic Marketing” that tells about doing these Ultramind ideas of remote influencing. But Ponder has a huge chapter on this stuff – as being normal and natural for Christians (whodathunk?) So they are all coming together. And will replace all the non-workable advice about social media marketing. (Since I don’t have to have the Internet – more details at some point, meanwhile, get the above books if you’re curious. And the Nightingale-Conant audiobooks aren’t very expensive, either. Instant downloads and all that.)
The metrics above will be able to show this, since I can implement these at zero cost. The great thing about measuring stuff.
It also points out needing to review “Content Inc.” again (which is riddled with social media examples, btw.)
All grist for the mill. But getting this “prosperity consciousness” genned in is quite refreshing…
Last Week’s To-Do’s
- Emails out – blitz – YUP
- New podcasts posted – blitz YUP
- Fiction publishing blitz – catch up on Wattpad AS ABOVE
- Auction YUP
- Skillshare scripts written, audio recorded if time. OUTLINES ONLY
- Weekend for new fiction and this report NOPE
This Week’s To-Do’s
- Emails out – blitz
- New podcasts posted – blitz
- Fiction publishing backends – blitz
- Non-fiction backends – blitz (pilot study – print versions)
- Weekend for new fiction and this report
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