In indie publishing, we use the words “narrow” or “wide” to differentiate between two vastly different strategies. Selling narrow means utilizing only one vendor—typically Amazon—and essentially putting all of your eggs in one basket. It can have its own rewards, as with the ranking thing, but you are also subjecting yourself to the whims of one vendor. And if they ever decide to shut you down, which Amazon has done before, you are entirely at their mercy. If instead you decide to go “wide,” it means you are selling your books through multiple different vendors. I started out my indie … Read more
If you spend much time in indie-pub circles, you’ll hear a lot of discussions about “going wide.” This is short-hand for “selling through many/most/all available book vendors. You’d think it would be a no-brainer, right? Put your book in front of as many different audiences as possible? Surprisingly, it’s not. And it’s mostly because of a little thing called Kindle Unlimited. You see, Amazon sells books. Tons and tons and tons of books, along with hoses and candles and snow tires and just about everything else under the sun. But they always want to sell more books, and to find … Read more
So I had a BookBub for “The Stark Divide” last week. BookBub, for those who don’t know, is a daily email service that sends out specials (usually free or 99¢) to a huge list of potential readers/buyers. When you get one, it can mean a big, if temporary, boost in sales. How big? Potentially a thousand books or more in a single day, all sent to Amazon. Numbers that make the ‘zon stand up and take notice. I was ready and waiting for the start of mine. I only told a few people, and even then, I was warned to … Read more
Hey all… Writing is what I love more than almost anything else in the world (except maybe Mark, Mom and Dad, and Oreos). But sometimes, being a writer is soul-crushingly hard. I’m not talking about the writing itself. Writing can make me crazy, sure. There are times when the words just don’t come, and times when you just can’t sit down to write. And times (usually at the three quarters point of the story) when you decide everything you write is shit. But that’s par for the course. What I’m talking about today is getting your work out there, and … Read more
The Stark Divide” went on sale this month for 99 cents, and quickly climbed the Amazon gay sci fi charts. It’s currently at number one in that category. I am soooo thrilled! Get it now if you haven’t picked it up yet? Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074G2NJP6 Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2J78Dbz Kobo: https://bit.ly/2LWnSSp DSPP: https://bit.ly/2FgBByQ Some stories are epic. The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed. Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested … Read more
Great news – The Autumn Lands, my novella published in the fall by Mischief Corner Books in the Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox anthology and as a stand-alone (my first in print) novella in January is now whispersynced. This means that if you bought it from Amazon in Kindle format, you can get the audio for just $1.99, and it will work with the eBook version. 🙂 Get it here!
OK, so I’ve kinda been on Amazon before. But only as part of a couple anthologies and journals. Which was awesome enough. But now I’m on there for the first time with my own book: *jumping up and down* So excited. It also popped up today on Kobo, Barnes and Noble and ARe. Here are all the links: Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6645 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Between-Lines-J-Scott-Coatsworth-ebook/dp/B011A0STW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1436463638&sr=1-1 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/between-the-lines-47 B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-the-lines-j-scott-coatsworth/1122268217?ean=2940151053341 ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-betweenthelines-1840887-143.html Six days to launch!!!