A few posts ago I said I would be advertising my book Darkwater and that I would post the results later. I thought now would be a good time. I have stopped advertising my books for now because with the publication of my second book sales have skyrocketed. (Yeah me!)
So on with the results. Keep in mind this is not a scientific study of any sort. And that there are so many variables you results could differ wildly.
DNP stands for does not provide potential reach. Meaning they don’t tell you how many people see your ad. Dollar amount are in US dollars.
dailyfreebooks.com - DNP - Cost $7.50 - Sold 1 book My Grade F
pagehungrybookworm.com – DNP - $9.99 – Sold 3 – Grade C
ilikeebooks.com – 45,000 - $10.00 – Sold 1 – Grade F
bookraid.com – DNP - $Free – Sold 1 – Grade A (It’s free!)
readfree.ly – 20,000 - $10.00 – Sold 4 – Grade A (because I actually made a profit on this ad)
genrepulse.com – DNP - $17.00 – Sold 2 – Grade F
itswritenow.com – DNP - $20.00 – Sold 2 – Grade F
bookbongo.com – DNP - $29.99 – Sold 4 – Grade F
As you can see the advertising did not go well. I spent $104.48 and sold 18 books. The 18 books netted me $6.30. That’s a loss of $-98.18.
What can we learn from this? I learned two things. First, if you’re advertising your book you will not recoup your ad costs let alone make a profit. Second, Advertising is not about making money (at least for indie authors) it’s about getting the word out. The more people that see your book advertised here, there, everywhere. The better your chance of having the book take off (assuming you wrote a great book)
I did learn one more very important piece of information when I published my second book. The more books you published the more books you sell. Publishing my second book increased the sales of my first book by 28%.
Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings #1)
by Kel Kade
It has over 400 reviews and most of them positive. That surprises me as I could not read past the prologue. It is so full of unnecessary words. Reading this book is like reading the dictionary. There is no heart, no flow. All you have to do is read the blurb to know what I'm talking about. Roughly every other word could be removed to make a much better story. I understand you have a Thesaurus, but please!
This is from the blurb and is typical how the book is written.
Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence. His last orders, spoken on the lips of his dying Master, were to "Kill with conscience" and "Protect and honor your friends." Living in isolation from the outworld under a strict regimen of training and education, the young warrior has no understanding of a conscience or friends. Determined to adhere to his last orders, Rezkin extends his protection to an unlikely assortment of individuals he meets along the way, often leading to humorous and poignant incidents.
It hurts to read it doesn’t it? There are so many extra words, many of them words people don’t use often. Words to make the writing sound more important than it really is. Kill with conscience?? That doesn’t even make sense
I'm sorry. I wanted to like this book. The title sounds great. But after you read the title it quickly (read immediately) goes downhill. I gave it one star. And that is because you can’t give it zero stars.
Last week I mentioned I would critique the new TV show The Inhumans. So here we go.
Oh where to start with this show. First I will say that most “critics” are on the fence. But the fence is leaning towards a flop. I have to agree. With the flop that is. I am not on the fence. After seeing just one episode I have to stay clear of this show because too much bile was caught in my throat. Watching the show is like watching Charlies Angels battle the Six-Million Dollar Man.
To put it bluntly, this show is awful. And not just awful it’s shockingly awful. You only need watch the last few minutes of last week’s episode to get a sense of how badly written, acted AND directed this show is.
The last scene had to be made up on the spot. I can’t truly believe that someone was paid to write such a horrible mess. Its starts with the lead good guy and a friend walking out of a secure facility only to be met by all the bad guys in the parking lot (how convenient). Then just as the bad guys are going to win. The lead good guy grabs a random pipe that expels explosive gas (again how convenient) while the friend runs of camera (never to be seen again). Then the lead good girl shows up, Medusa played by Serinda Swan. Who by the way should quit acting, because she can’t act. She drives a 70’s or 80’s Cadillac convertible (I need a word here for Cliché’) Hits the bad guy with the door and knocks him out. Not the toughest bad guy I’d say. For a moment I thought I had been transported back to 1980 and I was watching
Dukes of Hazard. The ‘Dukes’ is possibly the worst show ever put on TV, which is until this inhuman debacle.
So if you’re thinking about watching the Inhumans you would be better off stabbing a fork in your leg. It would be more fun and less painful.
Please producers, making this show for people to watch is... Inhuman.
I’ve received a few messages asking for me to comment on several subjects. The popular topics are the Weinstein case and the Leah Remini / A&E show. This isn’t the forum to go in to detail on these topics but I will say that the cover tagline of my newest book sums up the issue quite well, “power corrupts absolutely.”
Now a different topic(s).
I have been a fan of comic books, fantasy and sci-fi for going on fifty years. I grew up in the age of Marvel Comics. I love all that kind of stuff. So when a movie or TV show with that spin shows up I have to watch it. That brings us to two I’d like to write about. The Shannara Chronicles Season 2, which I write about in today’s blog. And the Inhumans which I’ll write about next week.
The Shannara Chronicles. I hadn’t heard of the series until I saw an ad on Netflix. I watched season one and thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn’t any new ground breaking film making. But the characters were mysterious, strong and full of life. It was set in a unique environment and had plenty of action and little if any sex. The fact that it wasn’t laced with sexual innuendos, blatant sexual acts, etc. was something I found very refreshing. The one drawback was the lead male character (Austin Butler) was chosen for his looks rather than his skill as an actor.
Fast forward to the first episode of season 2. Uh, WTF (That’s What The Frak). First it didn’t start where season one left off. I kept thinking I must have missed three of four episodes. Once I finally got my mind adjusted to the fact that the second season had little if anything to do with season one I had to contend with the reality that season two’s opener sucked. The acting was horrible. The lines were rushed. The editing was choppy and haphazard. But in order to save ALL the actor’s poor performances the writers had a genius (read stupid) idea. Let’s put in a scene of two girls kissing. That will save the miserable mess of a show. Yes, Ivana Baquero (who?) went from being in love with the lead man to being a lesbian. That’s a fast 180 seeing as she was trapped in a labyrinth at the end of season one.
You know a show is headed for the trash can when either a) they send the crew to Hawaii for a “special” episode. Or b) they pour “controversial sex” scenes into the show. Overall the Shannara Chronicles went from “nice job, I want to see more,” to “where’s the barf bag” faster than demons can fly.
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“Honestly, me thinks, if not killing her, at the least it caused her moral compass ta shift.”
“Its not just a moral shift, the evil thing is corrupting her heart. Her very soul.” Willow was nearly in tears.
“Speak of the devil herself,” Penn said, “Here she comes.”
“I have need of some iron castoffs.”
“Over there Lady M,” Penn pointed to a large pile of scrap.
Mithavan’ara-Khan rummaged briefly through the pile then walked away without a another word.
“Be a good day to ya as well, young mage, bah!” Penn thumbed his nose.
“You see, its worse.”
Rollin wiped the tears from Willows face. “I milady, its as if she doesnt know us.”
“Or care,” Penn added.
“I fear our young friends path no longer has room for friends.” Penn lifted himself off the stool and walked into his shop leaving Rollin and Willow together to ponder the future.
The war had raged on for three years with neither side gaining an advantage for long. The Orcs would push their way across the Blackwater River only to have the Paladins and their allies drive them back a few days later. Nowadays, it was mostly a stalemate. The lines were drawn almost in the same spot as they had started at the river. Battles in the field now were almost nonexistent. All the combat was now behind the scenes. It was combat filled with deception and espionage.
The war the Orcs started, known now as the Clan Wars, had engulfed all the western kingdoms. The exception was the far north where the barbarian tribes took advantage of the ice and cold to keep the creatures at bay. There was no war in the east, but they had still been affected. Many of the western trade routes were gone. And there have been many refugees spilling into the eastern realms.
The landscape in the west had changed in both topography and in its soul. What was once a thriving agricultural land where you could live in relative peace had now become a war torn zone of pain, blood and misery. Traveling south of the Blackwater River was nothing short of suicide. That area and all the Wastelands now fell under Orc rule.
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DW is an author and an artist. He has been creating paintings and photographs for over 40 years. He lives in Eastern Kansas with his daughter, a large epileptic dog, three cats, and a barnyard of chickens and ducks.