Still no word from Kobo on my books. Or, they’ve sent two emails, but both are pretty much worthless for me right now. The first on day four said, “We are sorry your book is missing. Can you confirm that it’s still missing?” I could, and did, and I wrote back a reply to this effect. On day five I got back: “We are sorry your book is missing, and our techs will be investigating this error.”
Worst launch in a while, let me tell you.
Over on Twitter, I’m working on this plan of share and share alike. I got a list of tweets from other writers and indie publishers, and I hit those messages up frequently. In between I tweet links for other people as they come up in the stream, so I’m sharing maybe 30-40 tweets with other artists and authors. This isn’t counting all my gabbing with other people on Twitter. I’ll talk to anyone, provided they’ll give me the time of day. But so anyway, all this sharing of links means that when I post a link or three for my own stuff, I have really good odds that someone, somewhere is online who I’ve shared for. And they see a link and go “I’ve had a lot of retweets from her, so why not pass this along?”
And I got numbers from the blog bookstore telling me that there are people showing up to look at the books. This tells me that the hook I’m using in my tweets works to draw in traffic. But despite the nice cover, a blurb put together with help from a blurb doctor, and a visit with a paid editor, Roll the Bones has sold one copy in four days.
This is not the worst launch ever. That would be NINJAWORLD. Which didn’t sell anything for a few weeks. It’s sold 2 copies since then. Roll the Bones has sold 20 copies including preorders, while NINJAWORLD has sold 3. So, yeah, not the worst launch ever. But still pretty bad. (more…)