Well we’re closing in on the end of the year and of course this is the point where I’m supposed to offer some introspection as to how the last twelve months have gone. Of course as a writer who still holds a day job (as most of us do) I won’t bore you with the stuff that goes along with that. Though due to circumstances beyond my control I had to take a leave of absence of some several months to deal with some issues around my Autistic (adult) son.
I will say this about my break from the routine, I was able to keep my word count up and was consistently above one thousand words a day. For some people, that’s not a huge amount but when you’re dealing on a daily basis with an adult with special needs, it’s not bad and you feel like you’re moving the ball down the field. Of course now that I’m back fully in a day to day job, my word count has fallen off dramatically. Is this frustrating? Of course it is. Some nights I’ll admit, I’m so worn out from dealing with the job, it makes it hard to string two words together let alone a thousand.
Doesn’t stop me from keeping at it though.
I published Devil’s Gambit last December 14th and as of today I’ve moved just over thirteen hundred and fifty copies and the book continues to sell well. The majority of my reviews are positive. I’ve learned a lot from this first year of Devil’s Gambit’s existence though I will admit, I’m certainly no wizard when it comes to Amazon.
Two Wheeled Maniac continues to sell steadily if not in small numbers. I’ll be toning down the opinion factor for the next riding book because, I don’t really need the hate mail. The next book by the way, will focus on riding around Colorado and Moab, though my focus is going to be more on the dirt roads than tackling the bike busting terrain of Moab proper. I do after all have to ride my motorcycle back home and we’ve been through enough it would kill me to leave her behind.
Reliance as always is my problem child. Sales are slim to none. Which does sting a bit because it’s one of my favorite stories and I’m pretty heavily invested in it. It probably doesn’t help that Amazon has placed it in Westerns. I had a similar problem with a Producer once trying to explain that a Sheriff was an elected position and that in the US it’s a common job in law enforcement. It probably doesn’t help that my figure on the cover is wearing a cowboy hat. It really is more of a heist story that just happens to be set in the modern west.
What else have I learned? Well Twitter based promotions generate no sales. The majority of sales are generated through this blog, believe it or not and not because I’m constantly saying, “Buy my books,” though I sort of am and I realize that but the real focus of my blog is to present myself as a human being and to show everybody some of the things I find fun, interesting or that just bug me but mostly the first two because everybody has stuff that bugs them and most times nobody wants to hear it.
So here’s wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and best of the season and keep on writing no matter what anybody says to you.