Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Modest Request: July Summary

You may recall that at the beginning of July I posted about my minor apartment flood and how it inspired me to try to sell 1000 copies of Sheep's Clothing by July 2015. Well, here's a summary of how I did this month.

Here is what I did:
  • Signed up for five free book marketing sites
  • Contacted as many book bloggers as I could find who would be even marginally interested in a horror Western
  • Sent off seven review copies (plus one to my old college adviser, but that's neither here nor there
  • Talked to a lot of people at work
  • Contacted a few places near me to discuss the possibility of a book signing event
The results:
  • Sold 15 copies of Sheep's Clothing, 14 of which were face-to-face sales.
  • One book signing event scheduled for this month.
 It feels kind of anemic, but it was only my first month of this. I want to avoid pay-for-promotion sites as much as I possibly can, as several of them want hundreds of dollars to promote my book, and there are free promotion options for me out there.

My plans for August:
  • Attend my book signing, bringing 100 copies of Sheep's Clothing with me. Sell as many as I can.
  • Go through this list and post my book to as many of them as I possibly can.
  • Post book promos to all the relevant Facebook groups I'm already a part of.
Of course, I'm also moving forward with my other fiction (which is the real key to getting traction with something like this). I'm taking steps to self-publish my SFR novel Heart of Steel, I finished the rough draft of Hungry as a Wolf (the sequel to Sheep's Clothing) this past Friday, and I'm hammering out a fantasy/mystery story entitled One Spooky Case.

Whew! I've got a lot of hard work ahead of me--but it'll be worth it if I can make this goal!

Sales Links

Once again, to make things super-duper easy for you to find, here are links to all the places my book is available for sale:

Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1kkWLR6
Kindle eBook: http://amzn.to/1kDQj80
Barnes and Noble Paperback: http://bit.ly/1srHxel
Subterranean Books: http://bit.ly/1p8ghjO
CreateSpace eStore: http://bit.ly/1kkXguf

Also as a bonus, Sheep's Clothing is available at the St. Louis County Library (and by extension, to any inter-library loan systems they've partnered with).

Link: http://bit.ly/1qVrdEd

And of course, the progress bar:

16 / 1000