Monday, August 19, 2013

It's that time of year again

Where the light outside in the morning has almost a kind of muted greenish tinge to it, from all the smoke from the local forest fires. It gets like this around august every year now.
What's interesting is back in the 80's when I first moved out here? This didn't happen very often. Now it happens all the time. I think I know why, but I don't know for sure.

I think it's safe to say it's a flop...

The Hammer Commission that is. When I did the give-away on it via Amazon I gave 380 copies away in fairly short order. Didn't get a single review out of that (that I know of, hard to tell with those giveaways). But after I put it on sale I got 5 reviews in fairly short order.
Which isn't bad when you consider I have sold only eleven copies of the book to date. Eight of those where in the first two months after publication.

So yeah, it's a flop.

I don't know if it's the story, for the most part everyone I've heard from (with one exception) liked the book. I have to assume they're being straight with me, I'd hate to think people were lying about that. So this makes me think that I need to advertise the book someplace other than the few places I had been. But I have no idea where that would be. Or if it is even worth it at this point.

But unless something major changes, I'm pretty much done with that genre and the stories in it. I had a few more I was planning on writing if the book sold. But it's not selling at all really. To be honest I'm thinking of maybe just sticking to sci-fi and the heck with everything else I have in the works. Cause that stuff is selling, and lately it is starting to trend upwards again. Not as good as the numbers were for last year, but it is getting better.

Course the Big Six are doing what they can to shut us indies down, and I'm sure that's not helping sales either. Amazon and Barnes & Noble seemed to have stopped promoting indy authors pretty much completely. I know many authors have taken a hit on their sales numbers in the last few months, but they're all still chugging away, and some folks are still doing rather well. So time will tell.