Mostly into research all week. Huna this time. Then simply started writing. Of course, “Science” disagrees with anything they can’t prove objectively. Shades of Kuhn’s Paradigm Shifts. Wikipedia shows its bias, yet again.
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 26 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 42/244 (Actual vs. Reported: 17%)
Overall Total: 3231 (small uptick, and continued slow onboarding from IF, while fewer stick. Means their mailing list isn’t expanding and they don’t have a finger on the pulse.)
Published Words Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 0, Medium: 0, Wattpad: 0
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 878, Else: 0 (Medium)
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Fiction Books re-published with updates:
- Total: 167 to go.
Books In Progress:
- Hermione 2: When Cats Ruled (just needs proofing and publishing)
- Hermione 3: A Case of Lost Time
- Hermione 4: Enemies and Bookends
Book sales this week:
Note: Amazon Fiction – 16/43: 36%
Lulu sales for May: 2 ebooks, 139 paper/hardback (avg per week – 40 | avg. royalty – $3.40) only two fiction out of that, and only reprints (none mine). Next report (for June) 15 July
New Podcast Episodes:
Everywhere responds as Amazon – where you send traffic, you’ll get some sales. Second week of sending people directly to Amazon reversed the trend on these. Probably ought to try some character voices doing the pitch. But then, I’ve doubled my success, especially with my backlist, so I shouldn’t change anything. Did get quite a few more personal responses from my subscribers. And this alone is persuading me that personal contact with the author is more valuable than anything else.
Pretty much says that other than narrowing down on a specific brand (priceless), that email coaching hasn’t worked out so well. But you never know unless you test conventional wisdom, as well as the guru’s.
Stuck in on finishing my review of Huna, comparing this to Silva. All in the name of researching for my Hermione series.
What did happen in this research was to discover there is a completely new level above and beyond goal achievement. It was in some old books I’d gotten years ago and never actually read. Fancy that. Teacher appears when the student is ready.
Wikipedia and Internet is a godsend – but when they diss something, look out.
Didn’t get anywhere with my re-publishing.
I’m set on getting these books out of my head and into print/online. Then back to getting my back titles up and running. Once there, like a broken record, I’ll be free to re-create my bestselling non-fiction books as courses and derivatives.
Back to my writing. 2nd one is only needing proofing. The third is flowing out of my fingers with the least effort.
Meanwhile, it’s hot these days and getting up early is the next strategy change. Means – getting to bed earlier.
And there are other changes to make to get rid of the blocks. Other habits to revise or remove.
Just to think this through…
Now, I’d love to get back to the short blitzes.
There’s no thrill like working through large jobs, but when the larger jobs get even larger, you just have to take a break. So I went back to writing, as I didn’t want to get too far behind. And today (this update) got a book (nearly) though proofing and (nearly) onto Zon. Pre-order for Sept 1. So I’m still out there a bit. (Zon being the painful one about pre-orders – no surprise there.)
Regular blitzes I’d like to be doing.
- Mon – emails and promotion. (Sending fiction chapters to Wattpad and Medium.)
- Tue – adding more Nightingale podcasts (project: 250 short audios to recreate the “Our Changing World” program via podcast.) Once this is complete, then double-down on Wattpad/Medium posts.
- Wed/Thu – Maintain backlist (re-publishing and updates from the proofing suggestions I’ve been getting in.) Once this backlog is caught up, start updating the non-fiction by building courses and audiobooks for all of them. In order of sales.
- Fri/Sat – write, edit, proof
- Sun – (pre) publish and do analysis. (This type of blog post.)
Meaning: this all comes out of my head now, I and I can get back to it.
This particular week, I’m still going to go straight through wrapping up these four books – like I was doing during the weeks of last year. Finish up this four-part series and its anthology.
That’s the workout I had to do as I went backward on my re-publishing progress. A bit dispirited. Soaked my soul in writing instead.
Now up to 123 books. Not getting my 50 single books this year at this rate – but not too far off. These next four books are included in that count.
It hit me that I should write some C. C. Brower adventures next. Short adventure series in that world that aren’t on the original Save Sue’s Family timeline. Like the romance between Sue and Tig. Where they have to go save some isolated wolf-colony or something. Elementals and shapeshifting, obviously…
Other interesting observations
Google and search engine discovery seems overblown. Like Amazon, they give you better search rankings by advertising with them. Unlike Amazon, those ads don’t result in greater book sales.
So sending traffic to your own site isn’t all that great if your site is simply a blog. The main use of it is to have an alternate site where people can go to buy stuff. However, my books are sold by the ebook distributors/aggregators, Gumroad, and Amazon. I don’t sell books directly per se on my site. Sending traffic via my site to Amazon (instead of linking to Amazon directly) tended to discourage sales.
For authors, it’s a place to record data and keep stuff available for readers to find. I see that I can organize by subjects as categories for the books here, and so send people to single authors, to genres, to book types.
On gumroad, I can also combine as bundles, so those bundles would be set up on the site with all the data and a single link to get there.
Having these book pages was handy today as Amazon decided to de-link one of my ebooks for some reason – but I had a backup for the reader who asked.
The priority is more promotion, which is getting more books up onto Wattpad and Medium. This will build audience better than anything else. Meanwhile, I do keep joining all possible giveaways on Instafreebie to gain more customers. Very back burner compared to last year.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – blitz (Mon) Fiction, ARC, LS – YUP
- Wrap up new research and get into testing what I found. (Mon) – NOPE
- Rest of fiction books updated – three day blitz – NOPE
- Three days of writing. – NOPE
- Thursday auction and republishing or writing afterwards. NOPE
This week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – blitz (Mon) Fiction, ARC, LS
- Write and publish rest of Hermione books.
- No auction this week – holiday.
- Back to re-publishing anthologies as time permits.
Also published on Medium.