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The writing has been slow going. There’s a lot of thinking that goes into putting a story together. And, I’m trying to get a better handle on “story”. The Work-In-Progress is going on two fronts: Saving Valentines is still in progress and Tally and Linc seem to asking for more (as are a lot of my readers). I think I have a workable storyline for them. Updates still to come. I want to take a moment to thank all of my readers, those that have been along for this writing journey since the beginning, and the new ones that have found me with This Much Is True. I am grateful for all of you. As for inspiration with future projects? It seems to derive from this lovely singer, Lana Del Rey.
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I’m mentioned in a post about a long-time discussion on the topic of “free”. In this case…eBooks. The post is here. I am about 3/4 of the way down in the post with my thoughts on free.
I participated in KDP Select for all of 2012 but gave up that tactic at the beginning of the year. It’s not a strategy (free books); it’s a tactic. There’s a difference. My long-term strategy is to reach a lot of readers with my work and there was a time when giving away free eBooks was tactical part of that strategy. However, I did not garner 80,000 new readers. Some people read the book (Seeing Julia) after they discover it on their Kindle a year later. What?
As part of my controlling nature, I watch the sales numbers of my books on a daily basis, so I am able to discern trends (for the most part). For me, KDP Select (the offering of free books for 5 days during a 90 day period of exclusivity) stopped being effective late last year.
How do I know? Well, in March of 2012, I gave away 80,000+ copies of Seeing Julia; yet, in doing a free promotion at the end of the summer that same type of campaign shrunk to less than five percent in downloads (Kindle). I have over 100+ reviews on Seeing Julia but nowhere near the number of downloads for the book. Huge swing. Same marketing strategy. Others will go into the reasons why, but from my little novelist perch, I can tell you that Amazon, too, is de-emphasizing free books. They want book sales just as much as an author does.
The exclusivity thing was a bit of a problem for me because I wanted to reach readers beyond Kindle/Amazon. I decided to take my books out of the Amazon KDP Select program at the end of the year and I started listing them with Apple and Barnes & Noble, and Kobo (Yay! Canada). The sales have been good and advertising campaigns with BookBub and Ereader News Today always provides a lift when I need it; because the most important thing is to reach readers.
A picture of Pacific City, OR for your viewing pleasure. Tranquility.
Conclusion? It IS a constant…this marketing.Your mileage may vary. If you love KDP Select. Great. I want to reach readers everywhere. And…tablet sales are exploding. PC Sales are down. Kindle sales are flat. Do the math. People are moving toward tablets and phones. Focus on all of that and you can answer your own question ~ what should I be doing/focusing upon?
In light of all of this, I constantly remind myself that I’m in it for the long haul. It just takes one reader. Just one reader, who reads your book and tells a friend; and then they tell someone. Word-of-mouth is grand. That’s how it works. How do I know? I got this nice little note just yesterday:
Any new books in the works from you? I love your writing so much and hope you have something new for me (and your other fans) to look forward to! I’ve recommended your books to many of my girlfriends who are all in agreement with me. Your writing is something special and captures the heart of a woman.
Please keep writing!
What’s not to love about that?
So, thank you to my readers!!!
And, xoxo to my writerly friends…
Nice!!! Have you read this one? Now’s the time to pick it up for your ebook reader or Kindle. Search under When I See You or Katherine Owen at iTunes, Amazon, Kobo, or follow the tweet links (below) to Barnes and Noble. Enjoy!!
— Katherine Owen (@KatherineOwen01) March 29, 2013
“Injured Reserves” is a haunting story by DC Bourone that will stay with you for a long time. Bourone’s artistic ability to weave a literary masterpiece out of ordinary characters that become bigger than life in the process is extraordinary indeed.
As a reader, I’m taken in by DC Bourone’s ability to tell a story. As a writer, I’m enthralled by the level of talent inherent in DC Bourone’s writing. It’s not an easy story to either read or write. “Injured Reserves” is, at times, horrific, harsh, and emotionally raw. Driven? Most definitely. Even knowing the inevitable ending at the very first will not sway readers or this writer from wanting to finish it in one sitting. And, at its ending, I predict that you will just sit there lamenting it’s over, even as you feel this captivating pall come over you because it’s finished and there is no more to do or say. “Injured Reserves” is like discovering a shooting star. We behold its glorious light and wondrous existence just as it flares across the universe and disappears. At the end of “Injured Reserves” you’ll sigh deep and struggle to breathe, if only for Billy and his men.
DC Bourone’s writing is amazing. Here are a few of my favorite passages:
“Lose the rhythm. Lose the mission. Lose your life.”
“They called it “the package,” and often, “The Bitch,” and ten feet away Keith lay beside her ribbed steel sheath the size of a child’s coffin, spot welded bolts and wire clips with lead seals every three inches around the stamped rim. Oh, how she had been loved. Cherished. Multiply buried and at least once poured into, and then chipped out of concrete, judging by her scabbed and sandy skin. A leprous queen, waiting decades for the right price and her crown bright as the sun. One of the fabled Six Sisters, lost in a distant age when the flagging Russian Bear had relaxed his grip.”
“They had lost the rhythm on another rocky beach, in Croatia, where they had just been shot into blood puppets. And Billy knew they were losing it here as the voices of the medics, normally clipped and dry as pilots landing a plane, grew increasingly frantic. Strangled curses, shouts for O negative and Ringer’s solution and Hespan blood extender rang high over the howl of the engines, merged with a rising crescendo of chirping Braun monitors Billy recognized as the last song of dying hearts.”
“Billy wondered if purgatory could be this dream, where he relived perhaps his finest moment and most certainly his greatest despair, and tried to find the balance.”
What an amazing literary style! “Injured Reserves” reads as poetic and lyrical as a sheet of music shimmering off the page. This is a fantastic novella by a very talented writer–however mysterious–DC Bourone. All I can say is more, please!