So Break Away has been on Amazon for about a month. I’ve gotten some good reviews both on Amazon and Goodreads which is great! Everyone seems to be enjoying the story and pacing so I’m really grateful for that, the more I put it out there, the more that people will read (and hopefully review!!) it. I did a free promotion over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend and over 150 copies were picked up. I hope those people enjoy it! I have been asked why I would give away my book for free and the answer is simple. No one knows who the hell I am. Break Away is my first novel so I am completely unknown. The more eyeballs I can get my book and my name in front of, the better future books will sell (in theory). It would be nice if any of the 150+ people left a review on Amazon, but beggars can’t be choosers! I haven’t been thrilled with Kindle Select (exclusive 90 days with Amazon). The higher royalty rate is nice, but that is about the only advantage. If I can sell on multiple platforms and reach a lot more people, it seems like it will be at least a wash if I am getting a lower royalty with Amazon but I suppose we’ll find out in February when my Select runs out (and won’t be renewed).
Book #2, tentatively entitled “Homecoming” is in the works and I am about 20K words in aka about 1/4 of the way done. Home has been crazy and my mistress, World of Warcraft recently released a new expansion so yeah…not doing as much typing as I would normally be. Plus my basement office is cold! This second book still has a lot of action but delves deeper into Rose’s character so it has been interesting to write. Hopefully you like it!
Another update, in a effort to pay myself back for some of the costs of Break Away (it cost me about $350 all told with cover art, ISBN, etc), I’m going to try my hand at some freelance article writing for law enforcement magazines. I have already written one article on recruiting and I am currently editing that as well. Selling one or two articles would essentially cover the costs of publishing a book so any money I make on sales would be all profit, which would be nice. We’ll see how it goes, easier planned/said then done!
And the journey continues…