Family event preps took almost the entire week. Did get a book published, finally.
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 32 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 20/97 (Actual vs. Reported: 20.6%) 1 non-IF subscribes.
Overall Total: 3262 (increasing again. Higher percentage, means new giveaways producing new readers. 3 new giveaways starting Sept 1)
Published Words Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 0, Medium: 0, Wattpad: 0
– paid – Book Outlets: 69444, Medium: 0
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 2496 this blog, Else: 0 (Medium)
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Fiction Books re-published with updates:
- Total: (still) 167 to go. (sigh. No recent progress – still back-burnered.)
Books In Progress:
- “Their Eyes”
- “Walkaway Blues” sequel
Courses in Progress:
- “Strangest Secret”
Book sales this week:
Note: Amazon Fiction – 3/19: 15.7% (Amazon still in summer doldrums. Email traffic didn’t produce.)
Lulu sales for June: 4 ebooks, 141 paper/hardback (avg per week – 35 | avg. royalty – $3.40) only one fiction out of that, and only reprints (none mine). Next report (for July) 15 August
New Podcast Episodes:
Family event preps took the week, basically. Just enough time to get an anthology published. No writing, no real editing. Either working and sweating or recovering from it.
Tomorrow is to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Keep this short and keep on schedule. Nothing to write about anyway.
Did find this – What you read and watch (movies/TV) will train your Unconscious in those plots. Reading gives you better vocabulary as well – if you need more. And you pull from your entire lifetime experience. Marketers tell you to read/watch the most popular materials, since these will immerse you in what people want and expect. That immersion is what trains your Unconscious to give you the inspiration you need. That also then points to simply writing straight-ahead and trusting your mind to give you the words and story you need. When you need it.
That ideal is “writing the movie playing in your mind.”
Found David Gaughan’s books this last week, plus a book by Mark Lefebvre on Kobo. Then it hit me – why knock myself out with the complicated and greedy Amazon, or the privacy-thief Facebook when I could simply work with a single effective advertising line on Bookbub, who is entirely devoted to book discovery and sales. And as well, to shift my priority over to Kobo where they are entirely devoted to book discovery and sales.
Facebook and Google sell ads. Amazon sells everything, and even space on its own pages as ads. None of these care one hoot about books per se.
So I can focus on Kobo to make my books rank better. I can focus on Bookbub to drive traffic to Kobo (and Amazon, incidentally). So I can continue to treat the greedy, selfish Amazon as an also ran, just as before. Once I can get my books selling well on Kobo, then I can revisit the “great” ZON and deal with them – if they don’t implode by then. (KU is well on its way.)
This follows the advice of Joe Pulizzi in his “Content Inc.” book – to pick out a single platform first. And Joe Konrath’s recent advice to pay attention to what gets you to buy. I run with ad blockers all the time. I prefer to buy on Kobo than Amazon (and am tempted to pass up anything that’s not also on Kobo).
All that adds to the point I’ve made earlier that you need to have your book syndicated to Wattpad once you’ve published it to Amazon (and that reason is to keep Amazon from later banning it.)
So I’m into research now (like that’s a big surprise to anyone) and by the end of this week, I should have most of these books digested. Then there will be work on getting my books moved off D2D and over to Kobo under my own publishing control. But I’ll probably do that only for the books that are selling (few) and those in series – meaning Ghost Hunters, Hooman Saga, and Tales of the Lazurai. I’ll know more when I get through these books. And I will probably start with only the anthologies to begin with, which cuts it down to less than two dozen books.
Meanwhile, I’ll then verify that my other top-sellers on Amazon and elsewhere are all under my direct control on Kobo.
Then the fun can begin. (Somewhere in here, I’ll finish syndicating Hooman Saga to Wattpad, and then start in on the Ghost Hunter Series.) That will have to be after I get the courses set up for that “Strangest Secret Collection”.
For this week – get through reading these books. Putting off everything else to master Bookbub and Kobo.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – blitz (Mon) Fiction, ARC, LS – Yup
- Rest of time – building courses, starting with updating this series on goal success. – Nope
- One day this week just posting to Wattpad – Hooman Saga. – Nope
This week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – blitz (Mon) Fiction, Course, LS –
1 day posting to Wattpad. – Rest building courses. (Includes Thurs. auction.) –
- Study up on BookBub, Kobo.
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