The Eve of Christmas
I’m sorry I didn’t update on writing and marketing at the end of November as I promised.
Finishing Hidden Trump took over my life. I wanted to publish in the last week of November. Then the first week of December. As it is, I am pleased to have it out just before Christmas. The ‘last minute’ edits took a lot more than the last minute.
Hidden Trump is longer than Sleight of Hand by about 16k words/60 pages. I think HT is more plot and action focused than SoH, despite having to do recaps from SoH. I tried to keep back story to an absolute minimum – just barely enough for someone to read HT without reading SoH first. I’d be interested, as always, in feedback on the balance between pace and detail.
Anyway, book 2 is there, so I’m already plotting book 3, which is where Amber spends more time with the Were and Adepts. I’m tentatively calling book 3 Long Odds. I’ve also promised to produce a free prequel short story, Hacha del Diablo, covering the Ops 4-10 mission on which Amber was bitten, and I’ve started Bian’s story. I’ve written about 8 chapters so far.
How’s the marketing going?
I made some predictions in an earlier blog –
I predicted 4,000 sales by the end of November, and I made that.
I predicted 10,000 sales by the end of January, and I’m not going to make that. Sales in late November and December fell from the peak in October – November. How close I get depends a lot on how big the January effect is (book sales in January go up a lot apparently). At the moment, I’d say closer to 8,000.
SoH is currently at 5,250 sales and is ranked (average best daily rating for December to date):
USA : 2,300 out of all eBooks and 48 out of all Contemporary Fantasy
UK : 2,040 out of all eBooks and 24 out of all Contemporary Fantasy
HT is at 200 sales. The rankings don’t mean a great deal until the book has been selling for a while, but it’s looking good – ranked 19 in Contemporary Fantasy in the UK today, for example.
Many thanks again to my readers. Thanks especially for the jump-start of sales on HT and the wonderful feedback. I like feedback (hint, hint, ‘contact’ form on the web site gets to my inbox and I read everything).
Wishing y’all a Merry Christmas and a fulfilling 2013.