Archive for December, 2010
I want to give you a copy of my novel AMITY
Yes, you. But first, an info dump.
It’s been about 2.5 months since the release of Amity. I am breathlessly grateful to all of the folks who have picked up a copy in paperback or ebook, and even more so to those who have taken the time to review it. Literary busking is a tough gig, to be sure, but I had absolutely no illusions about it being easy when I decided to write a novel. Your support makes it easier.
I promised to keep everyone up to speed on the progress of Amity as a self-published project. I’ve talked to quite a few of you one-off and I think I’ve popped out some random tidbits of info here and there on Twitter and this blog. But, for those of you dying to know how well (or unwell…?) the book has been selling sans publisher support:
As expected, it is selling re-e-e-eallly slow. I don’t have the exact numbers, but I can estimate pretty close to the pin:
About fifty paperback copies via Amazon, ten ebooks via Amazon, zero ebooks via Smashwords (although somebody told me they bought the Nook edition, but it’s not showing up in the report) with 30 samples downloaded.
Again, this is nothing unexpected. If the long tail feeds authors in perpetuity, I guess I’m in the Shrew’s Muzzle. The moral of this story is patience, and realistic expectations. There are a few super-success stories floating around right now, but the equation doesn’t work for every author or every book in every genre, and it certainly isn’t a quick process. I’ll spend more time on what I’ve done (and not done) in some posts here soon. Promise.
So, to the free book part.
The brief and shallow history of successful independent authors shows clearly that the key is a broad fan base. Success doesn’t come on the first or even second or third wave of readers; it seems to depend mostly on later waves of readers who pick up the book based on reviews and word-of-mouth—maybe not even an author’s first or second book, even. If there is any amount of success to be had, that’s where it starts. Everything prior is getting the word out (as much as many of you don’t like the word, this is Marketing, plain and simple), and that very much matches the results of my self-publishing experiment so far.
To that end, I am making AMITY available as a free ebook for a limited time. I want people to download it, read it, and share it with friends (or delete it in disgust). I’d really love people to leave comments and reviews on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Goodreads, or on their own blogs or Twitter feeds. I may never make any money on Amity, but I still want people to read it. I’m needy that way.
You don’t need to sign up for a newsletter, you don’t need to give me your email address, credit card, or shirt size, and you don’t need my permission to distribute it. All you have to do is select which version you want, click to download, and drop it into your favorite ereader or handy-dandy computing device.
**The ebook giveaway has expired…thanks to everyone who grabbed a copy and shared it! If you missed out, check out the Amity page for info on getting a copy…**
MOBI (for Kindle, Kindle DX)
EPUB (for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, iPad)
PDF (for any PC or Mac, most smartphones)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it and, to kick my dead horse one last time, I hope you’ll help spread the word (and the file).