Back to cleaning up books after NaNoWriMo – getting them published. Wrote another, then had three still to proof. All but done now. Maybe next week will be more normal – before Christmas hits…
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 48 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 28/122 (22.3%) 2 non-IF, 51 no-openers moved off.
Overall Total: 2791 (Some increase with more holiday giveaways on IF/PW..)
IF/PW subscribers remaining after a year: 1187/6987 (16.9%) Percentage dropped again.
Note: I keep these more to see how IF/PW retention is moving. Until I start promoting in earnest, these numbers will tend to keep dropping.
Book Sales: See below. Next sales analysis is Dec 15 for November sales.
Books In Progress:
- Erotika Jones (series) -> Book Four
- Growing Up Felicity (series?) -> What Their Eyes See -> Book Five
- When Death Lives Twice (in proofing) -> Two Ghost’s Salvation Book Two -> Book Three
- Wolfer’s Village (in proofing) -> Wolfer’s Nation -> Book Three
- New: A Very Lazurai Birthday (standalone, backstory)
Courses in Progress:
- “Strangest Secret” (now in beta),
- “Get Everything You Want Out of Life”, (now in beta)
- “If You Can Count to Four…” (now in beta),
- “Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds” – still in alpha.
I was tied up in book proofing and publishing most of the week. Did keep reading my copywriting books during breakfast. So some progress there. (Easier to lay flat instead of holding or folding up a newspaper.)
Also found recently that the rest of “Strangest Secret Collection” will need to be made into short courses, even recording what I don’t have. Will then compile it into a big course on its own.
Simple Formula for Top-Rated books and Movies
Got enough under my belt to update Zuckerman’s formula for breakout bestsellers. Again, he was talking about selling hardback books. I’ve been watching movies to see what is most welcome, at least according to NetFlix audiences. It’s not what’s most rented, which is far more subject to fads and advertising. Their star-ratings seem more aligned to how much emotion the movie stirred up in them.
(We won’t touch Amazon’s arbitrary ratings, which are more fake than real.)
So that formula turned out to be quite simple:
Relatable main characters who accomplish something outstanding in an unconventional setting.
The word “extraordinary” could be applied in a lot of these.
And setting could simply be a scene that’s a few decades ago.
“Relatable” is key, since they need to identify with the main characters. Love them, hate them, think “hey that could be me”. Nothing to do with superhuman abilities. (The best Superman movies, and even that long-running TV series, were where he was trying to be human and get the love and relationships that they had – for good or worse.)
Outstanding is extra-ordinary, but it could be as simple as winning a football game as a complete underdog. Or as a walk-on in a pro field.
It applies to writing as well as movies. And I’m rather like Ray Bradbury who is more oriented to movies than books (although I was always in books as a kid, and thought the library was heaven-on-Earth.)
So test that out for yourself.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails – Yup
- New fiction book written and published. – Yup
- Copywriting research the rest of the week. – Yup
- In the squeaks of time, continue notes for next year’s challenge. – Nope
This week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails –
- Finish publishing backlogged books. –
- New fiction book written and published. –
- Copywriting research the rest of the week. –
- In the squeaks of time, continue notes for next year’s challenge. –