Tonight is the Reading is Sexy Kindle Party at The Soundry! Join me at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kindle-party live online to hear me read the first chapter of Feeding the Moon – the sequel to Blood for the Living! The party starts at 7:00pm, with introductions beginning about 7:30pm. There will be a panel discussion about indie publishing afterward.
I haven’t decided yet if I’m staying for the panel discussion. It’s pretty late & I need to be up early to get my eldest off to school.
Tonight is also your last chance to download the first chapter of Feeding the Moon! I’ll be taking it down tomorrow, and it won’t be available again until the entire book is published. Considering I have to sell at least 1000 copies of Blood for the Living before my publisher will look at a sequel, it may be quite some time before Feeding the Moon is out!
Well, I finished the first chapter of the sequel to “Blood for the Living” – then I gave it a title.
Feeding the Moon, Chapter 1 is now up for download on Kindle!
The downside: I didn’t realize that the minimum I could set the price was 99 cents. The first chapter is only 3 pages. It’s just supposed to be a teaser, a quick beginning to a new, fast-paced book. 3 pages doesn’t seem worth 99 cents to me. Not sure what I’m going to do about that. I don’t have time this weekend to pound out a Ch. 2.
The upside: The first chapter went really well! I can’t wait to write the rest of the book! I have so many ideas for it.
<– Put together the temporary cover using the original background art by Theresa Zbiciak & a moon photo & lights by Katherine Gray. The photo of the couple is a heavily cut-out photo that I’d also used for the original temporary cover of “Blood for the Living.”
I plan on reading the 1st chapter at the Soundry’s Reading is Sexy Kindle party on Sept. 8th. The idea is that people can read along on their Kindles. But 99 cents still seems steep.
In other news, I finally received the header for my display case. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite change it the way they said they would. They did add the line that it’s available for ebook, but instead of replacing the text, they put it in small print next to it. *sigh* At least they added the QR as promised!
I haven’t posted in a while, been super busy! Had inlaws visit, visited inlaws, had relatives visit, visited inlaws again, etc. August is a travel month for me.
My next book signing is August 27th at the Porter Library! I’ll be there, along with a bunch of other local VA authors, from 2-3:30. If you’re local, please come out & support the library!
On Sept 8th, I’ll be joining other authors at the Soundry for a Kindle party! If all goes according to my current plan, I’ll have the first chapter of my sequel done, edited, and up for sale on Amazon Kindle by the end of next week. Then you can download the chapter for the low price of fifty cents and read along with me at the Kindle party. At least, that’s the plan. Will I have time to get this all done? ?
In other news, I’m now actively looking for a marketing partner. My publisher takes a very hands-off stance until at least 500 books sell, and won’t publish a second book until at least 1000 sell. If I’m going to make these milestones in any reasonable amount of time, it’s going to be because I’ve gotten an enormous amount of help. If you know anyone with mad marketing skills & a strong desire to work for a share of future profits, please send them my way!
I’ve set a goal for myself.
I have a reading/Kindle party coming up on Sept. 8th at the Soundry. I’ve decided that instead of picking a different passage to read than I did on Jellyvision, I’m going to read the first chapter of the sequel. This means I have to have it done, edited, and be reasonably sure that it’s really the way I want it by September. With almost 2 months to do it, I’m not too worried it will get done.
I need to do a lot more self-promotion. This really doesn’t come naturally to me. I feel downright silly calling places on my own behalf. But I need to start booking conventions soon.
Have you checked out the new Kindle phone app? You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle ebooks anymore!
So now you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook copy of “Blood for the Living”!
If you use twitter and would like to follow me there, please find me at: https://twitter.com/#!/kate_nevermore
Also, I now have a page on Fresh Fiction! http://freshfiction.com/book.php?id=47172
And don’t forget to check out Kindleboards!
In other news, I am anxiously awaiting my promo materials, which are supposed to arrive some time today. I’m considering using the promo picture to make up graphic T-shirts to sell & give away, but I want to have a funny saying of some kind on them, and I can’t think of anything. If you have an idea, please email me!!
So my goal is to do at least one thing for the book every day. Today I updated my author posting on kindleboards.com. Yeah, not the most productive day so far. I’m waiting to hear back from the marketing people at my publishing company. They still owe me promo materials, as well as some much-needed marketing advice.
On the upside of things, my wonderful hubby reminded me that if I do a book tour in NY, I can write all the travel expenses off as business expenses. Yay! Of course, this is only really useful if I actually make enough money on the book that I can use the tax write-off! But still makes the trip seem more affordable and justifiable. Ultimately, I’m going to have to wait until after my first real book signing to figure out if it will be worth it.
Started looking into science fiction conventions. If I paid for a vendor table, on average I’d have to sell 80-100 books just to break even. And I’d have to be able to not only pay for the table, but also pay for the books up front. Maybe I’ll just shoot for trying to get a guest spot as a reader? Or maybe I’m looking at the wrong conventions!