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Why aren’t there more sport novels?

There is seemingly no end to the genre fiction market. The one of the capitals of the literary landscape is Romance, which is just a few miles from Erotic, Historical and Spiritual. Across the other side of the continent is the megapolis of Crime and its satellite cities of Noir, Hardboiled, Police Procedural and True, and on […]

Publishing mistakes

Dumb mistakes – I’ve made a few…

I’ve been off beavering away on another Curly tale, so apologies for the lack of posts these last couple of weeks. Here’s a quick one about the simple things you can miss when trying to market and sell your self-pubbed work. This example is something I missed on Amazon’s KDP platform, the the principle holds […]

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Note to self: try Matchbook

I must try Amazon’s new “bundling” service, when I make print books from my Kindle versions. I know they have a program for that too – CRatespace and such – but it’s just so far outside my realm – do people still buy paper books? Should I bother? Still, if I ever do want to […]

Flat book sales graph

August – a month of glitches and questions

So, August turned out to be a pretty ordinary month for sales. Although the Amazon royalty report for the month doesn’t get generated until the 15th or so, I do know that I sold a total of 12 books – 11 copies of Baby Steps and oneof The Curly Situation. I sold 11 books in […]

Curiouser and curiouser

Curiouser and curiouser

So, in my last post I was whining about how my sales has stopped dead and it had spurred me to “republish” my books on the KDP platform. Well, what do you know. The sales have started trickling through again. About 24 hours after I’d republished, and maybe 12 hours after I’d gotten the “your […]

Ghost of sales past

The ghost of sales past

So my main selling book – Baby Steps – stopped selling early this month. I don’t mean trickled off, it was already trickling. I mean no sales at all. Ever seen this with your books? It was so sudden, and so early in the month I started to get suspicious. So I republished it on […]

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Where did I come from? Part 2

(Continued from…) So after several requests, I got my book’s sales figures, which seemed to indicate that I had “earned out” my advance and should have been earning royalties. Not so, apparently – there were myriad expenses and overheads and stuff that had to be accounted for first. Well, even though my publisher was lovely […]