The month in summary
It has been quite a good month for Immortal, the little novel that could, but only after six years of couldn’t. On penalty of death, I can’t mention specific sales numbers, but if you count both the books bought through Amazon and from my personal supply… well, we did okay.
And now we’re in the dead zone.
The dead zone
I was expecting this. Once the friends, family, acquaintances, launch party attendees, fellow writers and coworkers all got their copies, sales would have to rely on the terrifying Everyone Else. People, in other words, that I don’t know, have never spoken to, and don’t know me. Some of the Everyone Else certainly DID buy a copy this month, just as there are many friends, fellow writers and coworkers that did NOT buy a copy in October. Nonetheless, for Immortal to make that leap it’s going to have to find its way into the hands of people that found out about it from other people, or read a review, or found it on Goodreads, or saw the press release, or discovered it some other way entirely.
This will take some time. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself when I pathologically refresh the Amazon page to see what the sales ranking is.
How can you help?
You can pull me away from Amazon and remind me I have to finish editing Hellenic Immortal.
Also, if you have read Immortal by now– and you liked it (which I’m not assuming)– tell people about it. Like, until you become annoying. Here’s an example:
Christmas is coming! Wouldn’t Immortal make a good gift? Of course it would! Buy ten copies!
See? That was obnoxious, but it got the point out.
Amazon and Goodreads reviews
Also, Amazon and Goodreads reviews are an easy way to help. Both allow customers/users to post reviews of any length and a ratings system. The more reviews, the more likely it is to help someone coming to the page for the first time.
And you can say anything you want. Just maybe don’t say I told you to do it. That might look bad.
And now I’m off to check the sales ranking again. There should be a rehab program for this.