Hello and welcome to my blog, Living the Dream. I’ve been unable to participate the last little while, but I’m here today.
I started writing and publishing in 2013. Sadly, for me, 2017 was the worst year on record for my writing career. My primary publisher, Crimson Romance, was acquired by Simon and Schuster. You would think being an author with one of the top publishing houses would be a good thing. Sadly, it had the opposite effect. For one, during the transition, all my books were taken down and not available. Then, I discovered the books now have different ASIN numbers depending on where they are purchased, so I somehow lost most of the following I had in the UK. Add to that, the new publisher canceled the lucrative deal we had with Amazon Encore and essentially consigned my first novel, Fire Angel, to oblivion. Finally, to add insult to injury, they raised the prices on all of our books, virtually ending sales.
This left me in an awkward position. I’m not ready to stop writing, but I needed to see a return on my investment soon. I couldn’t just keep spending and not earning! I participated in two Kindle Scout campaigns, neither of which resulted in a contract with Amazon publishing, but the first book I tried. Sworn to Protect, actually has outsold one in the same genre that I released through Simon and Schuster, No Good Deed. In fact, if you don’t count bundle sales which Crimson continues to do even under the new publisher, my independently published novels outsold my traditionally published ones. So, that brings me to this month’s question.
January 3 question – What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
A very good fiend has shared marketing advice with me which I intend to try. I’ve taken the first step by putting Wedding Bell Blues, my second Kindle Scout book up for pre-sale and not limiting it to Amazon as I’ve done in the past. I’ve also stopped the auto-renewal for the KU on the other books I have published on my own with Amazon. I’m not sold on this since most of my income this year came from pages read, but I will try it for six months and see. Hopefully I won’t lose my shirt in the process. I’m also going to try for a Bookbub spot. It’ll cost me money to give a book away, but hopefully it’ll generate sales of my other books. I’m putting a lot of hopes on Wedding Bell Blues to do well. Once the time runs out on my KU books, I will gradually move them to more publishers. Am I doing the right thing when we all know Amazon is the sales’giant? I don’t know. Time will tell. In the meanwhile, I have books to finish and edit. Let’s hope something good happens in 2018.
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