Last Sunday, I announced that I dropped all of my single books to 99 cents. People have been asking how the sale is going, so I’m going to give a quick breakdown by the day starting with a week ago. I’m not counting free books either. First, click here for my Amazon site to see all of my books:
- Last Saturday- The day after I changed prices and the day before I announced: 37 sales
- Sunday- The day I announced on blog, Twitter, and Facebook: 0 sales
- Monday- 0 sales
- Tuesday- 0 sales
- Wednesday- 0 sales and 1 panic attack
- Thursday- 19 sales and utter confusion
- Friday- 1 sale
Somebody smarter than me will have to explain this. My biggest sale day was before I announced, so I think people had my books marked for price change notifications. I saw nothing while things were stuck at the top of pages. Then something happened Thursday somehow. I noticed that I didn’t get any traction on Facebook and Twitter was the usual sharing with no clear sense of it helping. So, I can’t tell you where the traffic was coming from. A bizarre thing is that somebody bought a copy of ‘Catalysts’, which was a thriller novella that I attempted long ago. That wasn’t even mentioned and has been 99 cents for years. I’m thoroughly confused here. Still, it was nice to see some motion.
Getting to the events of the week, it was busy. Since I work in a school, things get more hectic as you near the holidays. The Era of Covid doesn’t make that any easier, so I ended most days exhausted. I felt useful and wasn’t driven up the wall until I got home, which was a good thing. Can’t believe we have a week and a half before the holiday break. To think that I imagined getting a bunch of writing done first. This month seems to have kicked on the jet boosters because it’s flying. I didn’t even have time to touch on the ‘Ruins of the Zodiac Gods’ outlines that I carry around. To be honest, the breakneck speed of life has left me fairly irritable. Feel kind of trapped and off at times. Part of the reason for tomorrow’s post, which I highly recommend.
In the arena of parenting, I had my son for half of the week. We might have another of my son’s art posts coming in January since he finished the last of the main Fairy Tail characters recently. Schoolwork carried into last weekend though, so we didn’t get a lot of play time. We had a lot of back and forth too. Hanukkah struck at a really bad time this year. It started the day after he went to his mom and ends the day before he comes back, but I get some time promised to me. Still, Jewish holidays with these lengthy time periods suck when you have shared custody. You never have your kid for the whole thing unless you give up time afterwards. Since schools don’t give off for Hanukkah, it would mean I take on more school days and sacrifice days that both of us have off. That doesn’t sound like a smart deal to me, so I’m sucking it up. A little time is better than none and I don’t want to put any extra pressure on the situation.
I’ve got no writing news. Set up blog posts for the weekend and February. Mostly, I spent time with my son and watched TV when I was home. I’m almost done with ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ and will jump to a few comedies on Netflix afterwards. ‘Schitts Creek’ and ‘Mr. Iglesias’ are the ones I’m eyeing. I keep wondering when I should watch the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies that I bookmarked on Funimation. Feels like something best to watch with someone else, but my son is too young. These are such lame problems. I think because it does stem from and feed my loneliness. Ever feel isolated even when you’re around people?
That’s really all I’ve got. I get my son today for potato latkes and tomorrow doesn’t see any real planning. I’ll try to get some Do I Need to Use a Dragon? done and I’ll slip a few more in throughout the week. Be nice if I can get the ‘World’ section done. That will leave me with 40 to go. I’m still surprised that I can’t crank these out like a blog post even though I’m writing it in a similar fashion. Think I’m crafting these entries more carefully since I’m going to publish everything. A few people talk like I’m going to be posting the tip book on the blog, but this is going to Amazon for 99 cents. Sorry. I figure the time and effort I’m putting into the whole thing deserves official publishing instead of tossing it out like I do with ‘Bedlam’ stories. Beyond all of that and some meetings, I have nothing else planned. Counting down the days until the holidays, I guess.
Goals of the week:
- Little time with son
- Write more Do I Need to Use a Dragon?
- Try to outline more of ‘Ruins of the Zodiac Gods’
- Think about introducing Darwin Slepsnor on the blog in January
- February blog posts
- Think of March topics (Feel free to suggest)
- Get a nice dinner when I’m alone tomorrow.
- Finish watching Yu Yu Hakusho
- Puzzle time
It was me who bought Catalysts, Charles, from Amazon UK – I’d not noticed it before and had just finished Book 5 of Nytefall series 😎
Ah. It was an odd appearance. I’d completely forgotten about that experiment.
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Glad I was able to solve that mystery, Charles 😃
Hope you enjoy the story too. It was a real long shot for me.
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Sounds like a good response from the sale. Hope you have a super week.
Thanks. You too.
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Glad to hear about your sales.
Hope you get that nice dinner. What do you think you’ll get? For me, a nice dinner involves seafood or a nice trip to the nearest Brazilian steakhouse.
Thanks. Dinner plans kind of changed. I’m not on my own like I expected. So, it’s whatever we agree on. Don’t have any Brazilian steakhouses around here. What are those like?
Sounds like you moved some copies. Without a lot of advertising, you did pretty good. I haven’t had a page read or a sale in two weeks. People are likely busy with the holidays. With series books, you might hook a couple of fans and sell the others at full price in the next few months.
Maybe. I don’t know if or when I’ll put the price back up. The first was free and loved a bunch. That never got people to spend $2.99 on the next one.
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I’m out of answers. I can keep plugging away, so I do.
Hm, I’m glad things are going well for you. I had some demonic, dead-child crash my door in during a dream that really isn’t a dream. Great graphics. The eyes scared me. They had a hard time with fear for a minute. I couldn’t understand what he wanted. I become more insecure and restless each day, as I see my doom and what utter inhumanity I have to go through. I can’t feel pity because I don’t deserve pity. I can only make myself suffer. I’ve learned this in life. The Maya sun is sure determined to make me as miserable as possible. I can’t do anything. wah, wah. I’ve had a life of this. Normal people will get sick, go crazy, and die. I just want away and to a better life.
Sorry to rant. God likes to laugh, and I do, too, each time I crawl out of the gutter. It’s like, you did not seriously make me do that, did you? Yeah, you did.