Archive for October, 2011

Ouch

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Books

So I’ve developed this pain in my right wrist.  I can type for a few minutes before it acts up and makes it fairly uncomfortable to continue.  I’ve tried different positions and a wrist pad and several other things, all to no avail.  WTF?  It’s seriously hurting me and, yes, I feel ridiculous even admitting that, given that I’ve mocked my best friend for the last twenty years for developing carpal tunnel while managing a Baskin-Robbins while in college.

It is actually beginning to affect my writing output.  That concerns me.

Make it go away.  Please.

#1 With A Bullet

Posted: October 3, 2011 in Books

When I woke up yesterday morning, I didn’t have much planned.  Some writing, a possible museum trip with my daughter, a ton of school work, some football, normal Sunday laziness.  But I opened my email and in my Google alerts, I saw that Liquid Smoke was being offered for free for Kindle on Amazon.

Weird.  I didn’t know anything about it, so I checked the Amazon listing and sure enough, it was free.

Hmmm.  Interesting.

So I set about letting everyone know on Twitter and Amazon and I posted on the Kindle boards for the first time.  I thought it was an opportunity to get the book to a few people who might not otherwise see it.

And as the day went on, it started to climb.  I think when I first saw it in the morning, it was somewhere just over 1,000 in all free ebooks and I didn’t notice the mystery ranking.

About an hour later, it jumped into the 200s and was 19th in mystery.

And then it hit #10 in mystery.

Then 8.

Then 5.

Then 4.

And then at 3:30, it was #1 in Mystery and I think 22 overall.  I honestly can’t remember because I was surprised.

I’ve never had any book hit #1 on ANY list.  I had to keep checking it make sure I was right.  And I was.  It was #1.

And as the day wore on, it held at #1 and crept up overall.  Last I checked, it was at #13 last night.

I got an email during the day, asking me why I cared because obviously I wasn’t making any money because these were free downloads.

Here’s why I care:  in one day, my book got the kind of exposure I’ve been trying to get for six years.  One day.  My audience just expanded exponentially.  There is no price that you can put on that.  None.  My hope is that a few of those people will read the book, like it, maybe review it, maybe buy the other books already out and hopefully buy future books.  It was an investment in the future.

So a HUGE thank you to Ben LeRoy at Tyrus Books for throwing LIQUID SMOKE out there for free.  I don’t know how long it’s gonna be free.

But I know yesterday was awesome.