After years of slogging away at novels with no reward beyond the reward of actually finishing it’s interesting to release them to the world.
I gave away The Space Between and about 2,500 downloaded it. I was pretty happy with that. But only about 15 people liked it enough to make a donation so they could get their hands on Singing Other Worlds. Some people donated $10. Others donated $2. I was happy with anything that I received. And I think everyone donated for When the Time Comes as well.
But now I’ve put them up on Amazon. The possible audience has grown immeasurably, but getting noticed amongst everything else is difficult. Where do I go to get my books noticed? How do you go from people reading your add to clicking on the link to go and have a look?
Amazon has an option to give a book away for free for up to five days every 3 months. Book 1 was downloaded about 200 times and books 2 and 3 had a few sales after that. Seeing A Different Kind of Heaven is not yet available I’ve been hoping there will be a jump in sales for all of the books when that comes out (which will hopefully happen near the end of next month).
But yesterday I put up The Brightest Light. It’s a stand-alone that is loosely linked the the Tribes of the Hakahei. it’s a fast paced action story with flying islands, flintlock weaponry, ‘magical’ crystal machines that run everything from coffee machines to biplanes and the huge engines that keep the skylands in the air. I think it’s a good story and it’s probably more commercial than the other stuff I’ve written (though still a bit unusual).
It’s been available to the world for a couple of days now but nobody has bought it yet. I don’t even know if anyone has looked at the page on Amazon (they should add that feature).
So now I’ve got to try something to get some attention. I’ve got some short stories on Amazon as well, so I thin I’ll make them free in a couple of days and hope it leads to some sales for the other books.
If you don’t have a Kindle you can make a donation via Paypal (link to that is at http://www.scottjrobinson.com) and make a note of what book you want.
You can see all my books listed at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hakahei
So, at least go and have a look and if anything looks at all interesting, think of supporting a struggling artist. Getting books out into the world is great, though it also hurts a bit if nobody buys any. The agony and the ecstasy.