Sunday, August 28, 2022

An Oversight that Needs a Remedy

Oh my. I’ve been lacking content so I went looking for something people who are “my people” would like, while those who are not “my people” become afraid, wary even, of my presence. They’ll look to the sky and wonder, “Am I Cellophane Queen’s sworn enemy?” By

This is a delightful and practical article on gathering your own stealth army to do your bidding

In my Witches of Galdorheim series, my main gal, Katrina the klutzy witch, does have the ability to talk to the animals—sort of like Dr. Doolittle (isn’t Robert Downey smashing in this remake?). It didn’t occur to me to have Kat chatting up crows or ravens. Oversight!

She does have a close relationship with an orca named Salmon, her bunny familiar Teddy, Nessie, and various other non-human species. She did have some back and forth with a skua bird who was just about as rude as a crow or raven, but how did I miss not having a nice murder of crows circling overhead waiting to attack Kat’s enemies? Ah, well. What could have been…Anyway, read the article. It’s quite fun. You can also read my Witches of Galdorheim series if you’re so inclined. Drop me a note and I’ll give you a coupon code to download an ebook from Smashwords. All five of the Galdorheim books are available in a single volume.

All my books are in ebook, print, and audio. I have audio coupon codes as well as ebook codes available. All the links are on this blog. You can DM on Facebook .

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Another Campaign Fail and Farewell

 If I keep running campaigns on Amazon, I'll go broke. The idea is to pay for a better position in searches and then be charged per click. If you make a sale, then fine, BUT, a sale pays only the royalty amount to the author, not the full sale price.

I ran a mothers day campaign from May 6th to 10th. 

Spent on the campaign: $32.69 (not many clicks)

Sales $29.97: That's 3 books sold (paperbacks for $9.99 each)

My royalties on those sales: $3.42 per book (total $10.26)

Net loss: -$22.43

Okay, I'm well and truly done. This follows a professional critique of one page on another of my books The analysis essentially said I had the wrong target audience, the writing needed to be tightened (that's hilarious considering I have to consciously add what I consider to be unnecessary words), the story didn't start with a bang with a character who wasn't even involved in the book (a storyteller), and who knows what else. I won't fault the critiquer--she knows what's she's doing. I'm certain if I changed how I write to match the requirements of modern audiences then I might have better sales. Thing is, that's like telling Hemingway exactly the same thing was wrong with his writing. It's probably a good thing he stuck with his style.

So, of things I could do which I enjoyed which I no longer can do:

  • Writing
  • Singing
  • Horseback riding
  • Sex

Things I kind of enjoy I can continue to do to fill my time:

  • Playing Wordle
  • Watching TV

That's not living. It's just counting down. Which is why I'm setting this post to publish on my birthday. I wonder if I'll be around to see it.

Here are the tombstones.