Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lesson learned (pleasant for a change)

I underestimated the power of the free downloads in attracting attention to my work. I had two successful campaigns for First, Do No Harm (15,000) downloads and No Cure for Murder (17,000). Almost immediately after the novel returned to normal pricing, the sales went up and have stayed up.
This is a technique I'll use again and again.

I'm still not getting the sale I should (or think I should) from For the Love of God. I'm guessing it's the subject matter or the way I've portrayed the novel for readers. Religion may be the problem even though the novel only criticizes only those sects that allow children to suffer and die needlessly. I'll be reviewing the promotional materials to make it clear that this novel contains much of the same material that has made my other work more successful.

I'm nearing the completion of my next novel, Tortured Memory. I'm line editing (not my favorite thing) but most importantly, I've discovered an expert editor to help. I hope to have that available in a few weeks.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

No Cure for Murder Free

My novel, No Cure for Murder will be free 1/11-1/13/2013.

I'm promoting this novel for the obvious reasons, but, in addition, I'm hoping that readers will enjoy another novel in the Brier Hospital Series and fall in love with the characters Jacob and Lola.

I knew that it was a risk having octogenarian protagonists and that the thirty-somethings might not be interested, but our population is aging and what's wrong with highly intelligent, competent, world-wise, and humorous characters of any age.

When I pitched the screenplay in LA last year, the thirty-something were true to their biases and weren't interested.
I think they're wrong, but, who am I?

If I can determine enough interest in these characters, I'd love to go ahead with another novel and perhaps push harder for a TV  series (if I can get them to live long enough).