I know you are all on pins and needles, so here’s what’s going on.
I sent 3 copies of The Brothers Path to Mastof Books. I’m excited that I’ll be included in their catalog in October!
Summoned up the courage to call the local independent bookstore. I’m going there on Monday with my three novels to see if they want to stock them.
My first blog tour keeps attracting tour hosts which is great for me. Got another one today and that makes 12!!
Got an interview for Savior that will be on IndieBRAG at some point soon.
I finally realized I had to do bookkeeping for this “business” and spent six hours today setting that up. There’s so much going on that it should probably be kept on several different spreadsheets, but I have it on one (in various colors). The most depressing part (besides it being difficult) so far I’m into this $1000 for comp-copies of books, advertising (including virtual book tours), and giveaways.
I know that’s not much when it comes to advertising — but YIKES!!! For that money I’ve gotten copies of my books to sell (like to Mastof Books and, hopefully, Narrow Gauge Newstand) and give aways (as on Goodreads) and for reviewers (the virtual book tours) and advertising on Goodreads — ads linked to the give aways. So far that has motivated people to add my books to their “to read” lists and I’ve gotten a review from that.
I was very happy when things added up on my very out-there spreadsheet; that the number of books I’ve bought equates to the number I have + the number I’ve given away + the number I’ve “sold.”
After that, with a splitting headache, I road the Bike to Nowhere for 10 “miles.” Exercise, even that, is a great relaxer and attitude adjuster. And, you know, I got to listen to Eminem, who reminded me once more not to give up.
And tomorrow I can to to the Potato Festival with a clear conscience and free mind.