It has rained off and on for the last week in Tokyo, and I feel so much better for it. The summer heat has, for the most part, dissipated, though the screaming cicadas don’t seem to notice. Oh well, their time is almost up anyway.
Just dropping in some bits of personal news, both good and... not-so-good, though I won’t go as far as to say “bad.”
Let’s see... September 1st is the day the Kindle Book Review announces its category finalists for their 2014 Best KindleBook Awards contest. I’m sorry to report that no, Wild-born didn’t make the list two years running.
Though I’ll admit that I’m disappointed, it’s not all that bad, really: I can still keep the badge from the 2013 contest, and I look forward to reading some of the winning titles on the 2014 list.
Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that I’ve finalized my contract with Popcorn Press for the creation of the Psionic Pentalogy chapter setting to be included in Lester Smith’s D6XD6 game book, to be published later this year. My only current worry is that the chapter settings are limited to 2500 words including a sample adventure, and that doesn’t sound like very many words to me. But I’m sure it’ll be fun to write, and perhaps working within the confines of a small word count will help me further refine my writing.
And one more piece of good news: I recently got my second acceptance from Bookbub for promoting my permafree Wild-born.
At the present, Bookbub is arguably the hardest promotion to get, and hands down the most effective. A single Bookbub ad can easily net 20 times the number of downloads on a freebie than other promotional sites, but their selection process is highly... selective.
Many writers have to apply multiple times before their books are accepted, and I was no different in this regard: I was rejected repeatedly during 2013, and I only landed my first Bookbub placement on March 18th of this year. It took a fair number of good reviews as well as my new custom-made book covers to convince Bookbub to take a chance with me, and thanks to their ad, my book sales picked up very nicely over the next two months as readers worked their way through my series.
But Bookbub will only feature the same book once every six months. My first ad with them was on March 18th, so I was counting the days to September 18th when Wild-born would be eligible again. Getting restless, I applied a few days ago, asking Bookbub to put my ad any-when they liked after the 18th.
But the thing about Bookbub is that having a book accepted once is no guarantee that they’ll take it again. I had been bracing for the rejection email, which, in accordance with their reapplication policy, would mean I’d have to wait another four weeks before trying again. But lo and behold! I was accepted on my first try this time.
The new ad is scheduled to be included in Bookbub’s September 26th email, which is only one week over their once-every-six-months policy. For this I count myself exceptionally lucky, as this puts my book right at the start of the winter reading season.
Between Bookbub and the cross-promotional effects of Lester Smith’s upcoming game book, I have a feeling my works will reach a fair number of new readers. Of course, in my world, a “fair number” is whatever number I get. Though sales have picked up this year compared to last, I’ve yet to confirm 1000 sales on Guardian Angel, meaning that perhaps fewer than 1000 people have read through my entire series. But I’m getting pretty close to that number now, so hopefully sometime this year.