Googled Led to the Slaughter last night.
Found a nice, long review from a blogger: http://thekansashousewife.blogspot.com/
And discovered that the book had been mentioned on another of the 'bargain' book sites. Something called Bargainbooksy: http://bargainbooksy.com/blog/2014/12/26/20141228-horror-mystery This one doesn't seem to have had the same impact as the earlier one. Even so I've hit a milestone in sales this month, albeit a modest one.
Also found my books being sold all over the world in all sorts of languages. This seems to have just suddenly happened -- not sure why. Perhaps because some of them went to .99? Or some other change, like Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/410456 signing up with more venues? Or is there some kind of time trigger?
Whatever it is, I see my books being sold all over now. I think: Finland, South Africa, England, Germany, China, Indonesia, etc. Heh. (Also some pirated editions popping up.)
I'm trying to get my "Duncan McGeary Fan Club...in the most ironic way" started. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1517995531798191/
I'd love to hit the ground running with some reviews on Tuskers. Hopefully positive reviews. Since the book is now coming out in less than two weeks, (January 12!!), I want to make sure my "Street Team" gets them in plenty of time.
Anyone who wants to join up and get free copies of my books, let me know. Truly. Easy as pie. I'd greatly appreciate the help.
I don't think the physical books are going to be ready on that date, and even if they were, they take awhile to get shipped. But I'm hoping.
Cheer is going to host a "Release Party" for Tuskers on the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans https://www.facebook.com/groups/bandofdystopian/ site on Friday the 16th of January. Give away some freebies and such.
Meanwhile, Ragnarok Publications http://www.ragnarokpub.com/ seems to be on a bit of a roll. Their books are being nominated for all kinds of awards, and one of their books (Dead West) just got reviewed by the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brandy-l-schillace/westward-expansion-dead-w_b_6385196.html
I wrote a bunch of columns about writing for Ragnarok to place with various writer and fantasy blogs, so that will be interesting. Very similar to what I say here on this blog, with maybe a second draft.
So doing everything I can.
Led to the Slaughter is back up in the top 2% of horror books again, because of this month's boost. So that is cool. Also higher on B & N, though again not proportionally.
The longer I do this, the more I realize that sales are exponentially structured, and don't really start showing real power until about the top 1%. The top 1% is pretty daunting. That's a pretty high level for anyone to aspire to.
I think you have to do everything right: have a good book, a good title, a good cover, and then do everything you can promotionally, and even then it is probably a lightning bolt for success.
The promotion is especially hard. I liken it to throwing pebbles at a huge boulder, trying to get it to roll downhill.
But I feel I've been in the right groove since I started, and so I keep following that groove to see where it leads.
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