Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blog 5

Milkshake has been out for just over 2 weeks. I'm reliably informed by the publisher 145 copies were downloaded from Smashwords in the first few days - not sure if that was while it was free!

Anyway, CreateSpace have now confirmed the paper version and its up on the website to order at US$11.99 (click the amazon link to the right). It'll also be available on the UK amazon site in the next few weeks. For now its just there as a Kindle download.

I've had 4 reviews on Amazon so far. Once I get over 5, other book-selling websites become more likely to stock it, so just waiting for a few more people to finish reading so they can post reviews!

I've signed up so I can supposedly track sales via both amazon sites. After 3 days its a big fat zero. But other people have told me not to rely too heavily on the tracking software.

Once I get a few copies delivered into New Zealand, I'll begin the job of local publicity. I need to ensure I have review copies readily available to send out in case reviewers prefer a real book to a downloaded one.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog four

Just a quick few lines to announce 'Milkshake' has been published in the last 24 hours and is now available as an e-book from Amazon and will soon also be available in hard copy.

I feel a bit like a terrorist who has planted a bomb and walked away, never being able to turn back and witness the devastation. The book's out there, people are downloading and perhaps even reading. I have no way of knowing what they think as its far too early for reviews even if people bother to write them!

People on Facebook have been very kind in promoting the book and praising, but realistically that will probably lead to maybe half a dozen sales?

Perhaps I'll check back in here in a few days once I've had some feedback

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blog three

I thought I might share the proposed cover art for 'Milkshake' The publisher suggested (and I agreed) the original photo I'd pinned my hopes and dreams on was a little obscure and arty. So after a very brief internet conversation where we agreed there was an element of satire and humour to the story, I came up with this:

Which we both agreed conveys a far better message and is likely to work well as both an internet image and hopefully a proper paper book cover.