HEY, remember this feature, when I used to talk about stuff I was reading over the weekend? Got away from with with all that book talk… but going to post up about what my eyes will be looking at all weekend. I have two ARCs I will be reading and I’m going to try to get in another CCJones book as well!
I’m not much of a numbers chick but I am interested in how these numbers turn into coins in my bank account. Many (okay, FOUR) people are asking me how many books I’ve sold so far. Welp, that’s kiiiiiiind of a hard question to answer because I did a really great pre-sale both on Amazon and Lulu. In fact, most people that bought the paperback already had their books before the eBook went on sale. To get a good count, I took snapshots of what I’m tracking and where. Amazon: Great pre-sale of 25 orders. 15 orders on day of launch and 2 orders yesterday. Trickle trickle, but I was happy with Pub day numbers! Smashwords: This is where I track everything that goes to every market except for Amazon and Lulu. Paltry sales but since Amazon is such a giant, I didn’t even expect the 4 sales I got through B&N and iBooks! On another note re: Smashwords, I really love their charts! They’re easy to read and detailed. And pretty! Lulu: Paperback versions of Ruby’s are on sale at B&N, Amazon and other places but I SEVERELY discounted the price at Lulu, so that’s the best place to buy it and the only place I am tracking. Extremely nice pre-sale ( I think I sold about 25 pre launch) and a few sales after the book went live. I’ve omitted any royalty amounts but trust me…. I’m not rich yet! So, this gives me a baseline to go […]
And now what???
Now we breathe. And sleep. And promo our hineys off. And bask in the glory of accomplishment. And don’t respond to any negative reviews and don’t check sales reports every hour on the hour!
And we start planning Book Two.
Tomorrow is Pub Day for Brunch at Ruby’s! I’m ready to get this show on the road.
Since we are close to the release, I am coming to you with another excerpt from the book. This is from a Debra chapter and the only background you need is that the story begins the day after Debra has told her husband she’s having an affair. This could mean losing her job as Principal of Morningside Middle School as well as the respect of her daughter, a student there. And if the scandal hits the wires (and there’s a good chance of that since the PTA President hates Debra) it could mean embarrassment for her husband a prominent CPA. The stakes are high and Debra is… just swimming in it. Drama. LOVE IT.
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It’s my first book ya’ll!
I’ve been waiting all this time for this moment. I want it.
I chose Lulu.com to manage the paperback orders of Brunch at Ruby’s. They are a POD (Print On Demand) service and, like Smashwords, they have a distribution network that will put my paperback on sale at online outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. Exciting! While you still won’t see it in the physical bookstore, it will show up everywhere online which is…. SO EXCITING OH MY GOODNESS.
Routine is fine but it has to allow for some creativity as well.