1. My cover was actually approved. I broke down and called CreateSpace yesterday to find out what their specific grievance was on all of my covers since I’m not doing anything differently today than I used to. I had to remove the background automatic color I can put in with the software program I have. So I went about the more complicated way of getting the background color on the cover via a box I had to enlarge and then put the text and images on top of it.
Now it’s time to order the proof and see if it’ll print right. That’s the next scary step.
2. Changing a cover really does boost sales, as long as the cover is better than the first. My experiment on the book An Unlikely Place for Love was successful. What was once my poorest seller has shot right up. Granted, it’s under $0.99 at Amazon right now, but since it’s not that much of a price difference, I’m still saying there’s a correlation.
3. And I’ve now confirmed once you put your books back to $0.99 after a significant loss of sales when pricing them at $2.99, the sales will go right back up. So if you increased the price of your book and decide to lower it again, you can boost sales with a price drop.
4. That all being said, I will ask $2.99 for my romances this year and $1.99 for my sci-fi thriller as they are published this year. We’ll see how that one works. Some people have suggested doing $0.99 on one book and having the others at $2.99, but I’ve decided to keep all the past ones at $0.99 because those books have been out long enough. What I’m doing now is moving forward. It’s a new year, so I’m treating it like a clean slate.
5. I’ll have to do a Smashwords post at some point. I’ve been getting emails from time to time from people who think as soon as my book is up on Smashwords, it’s also up on B&N, Kobo, Sony, Apple, Diesel… Well, this is not the case. It takes anywhere from a month to three for my books to get up on the other sites. It depends on how busy the system is. It takes a couple of days to a week for my books to get up on Amazon because I upload directly to Kindle. But I have Smashwords take care of the other channels for me. I have no control over the timing of these things.
6. My goals for January were to finish the whole Return of the Aliens’ series, get The Mark (novella 4) published, and get my pen name’s book published by Feb. 1. I got two out of three done. I was not able to finish Return of the Aliens because I stalled halfway in novella 5. I’m back on track now and moving forward. Thankfully, I gave myself until June 1 to publish it, so two and a half more novellas to go and I’m done. My new deadline to finish the whole first draft is April 1.
7. My big goals for February are to finish novella 5 and get halfway into novella 6 of the Return of the Aliens series and polish up Bid for a Bride so it’s ready for publishing on March 1.
8. I am self-publishing my pen name’s work. The publisher and I talked and came to a mutual agreement that going it alone is best. So I am now taking full reins on my pen name.
9. I’ll be posting more ads, mingling on the kindleboards and Coffee Times Romance as time allows, and writing and publishing more books this year. These are my big marketing efforts this year. I’m keeping my first draft blogs, but I will be taking month-long breaks at least 2 times this year from them so I don’t get burned out like I did last year. My focus will be on writing and publishing. Second to that will be ads on sites that target my specific audience, and social networking will be last on the list. There’s only so much time in a day.
Well, I believe that’s all that is on my mind at this point in time. Happy reading and/or writing, everyone! 😀