[WARNING SPOILER ALERT] Because the main character in Living with Saci is diagnosed with cervical cancer I’ve decided that I will make the e-book free for a limited period during October which has become #pinkmonth to promote women’s health issues.
I also decided to create a special version of the cover, incorporating the pink ribbon, which involved me learning some new things about Microsoft Paint such as how to make image backgrounds transparent. Surprisingly easy when you know how. While the image is highlighted you go to the select tool and there is a make transparent option. Who’d have known?
Anyway, it’s all just another excuse to put off that writing. I’m past the 11,000 word mark on this tricky fourth novel but my target for this point was almost 29,000. Still quite a bit of catching up to do.
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You know how it is, it’s late at night, you’ve had a few drinks, you’re on the Internet, you have your credit card handy and you end up making a rash purchase.
This happened to me this week when I decided to set up a giveaway competition with a printed copy of Living with Saci as a prize. To enter all people needed to do was follow me on Twitter and then had a 1 in a 100 chance of winning.
The only problem was that in my tired, slightly inebriated state I neglected to check the start and finish times of the promotion correctly and it ended up running for twenty minutes in the early hours of the morning. The 29 people who followed me on Twitter during this period cost me the price of a copy of Living with Saci plus postage and packing, about $15 so that’s about 50c a subscriber. Next time I’ll try to set up the promotion in the day before I have my first drink.
The daily visits to kdp, createspace and draft2digital continue to see how many books I have, or haven’t sold. Then I usually have a look at how my Amazon ads are doing.
Facebook decided to reinstate my ad account with no explanation of why I had contravened their policy. So I have set up four new Facebook ads on a tiny budget so I regularly have a look to see how they are performing, or not.
Then there is the task of checking whether anyone has left reviews on Amazon. Fortunately all five stars so far.
Once I’ve done this round and checked comments on the Facebook page and stars on the blog, there’s nothing left to do except write.
Fortunately, the novel I’m currently working on, being a historical novel requires quite a bit of research so this is doing an effective job of keeping me away from the actual writing.
I’m now at a Mormon wedding in Brazil where, I kid you not, they are playing Creep by Radiohead.
Once the book is released it is too tempting to keep going back to look to see how many I have sold. To do this I need to go to three web sites. KINDLE direct Publishing for the Kindle versions sold through Amazon. Createspace for the paperback sales and Draft2digital for sales in all outlets other than Amazon.
In addition to this constant obsession with up to date sales figures is the equal desire to know how my adverts are performing. The Amazon ads are very interesting to watch how many impressions there have been compared to how many clicks and ultimately how many sales. I now have a range of Amazon ads running all with different keywords and the great thing is that I only pay when someone clicks on an ad.
Facebook has been less successful. They suspended my ad account for breach of policy but have failed to specify exactly what that breach was. I even used a different profile to try and create a different as and had that account suspended as well.
I’m still trying to work out exactly what the problem is.
On top of sales and adverts come reviews and I was very pleased to recieve my first five star review. I now need to really concentrate on re-writing the second novel for launch and writing the fourth novel. Anyway, must go and check if anyone has bought a book since I have been typing this.