End of 2015 round-up
And that was 2015 – gone!
Thank you all – thank you for buying and reading the books, of course, but thank you also for interacting on this blog and on the Facebook pages. It’s not been the easiest of years and you support and feedback has made a tremendous difference.
I took a break over Christmas. Of course, the whole family went and watched Star Wars. Then, as well as the food and presents and walks, I indulged in reading and watching movies at home with the kids. We watched the entire Harry Potter series. My daughter and I are also down to the last two episodes of the last season of Homeland. (As with our tbr piles, we have tbw lists)
Reading… I enjoyed Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series book 1 and 2. I will go for book 3 when it comes down in price. It’s labelled Young Adult, but it’s not like a lot of the others that have that dreaded YA stamp.
Progress on projects
I have the structural edits of the second draft of Angel Stakes from Lauren and I know what I’m going to do. I’ll update as I go, but I haven’t touched it for the last week.
I have written some notes for book 6! 🙂
Audio version of Wild Card
It’s all finished and it’s somewhere in the ACX/Audible system. I’ll expect it when I see it and post my full thoughts then. Julia has done an excellent job.
German version of Wild Card : Fortschritte bei der deutschen Version von Wild Card
Entfesselter Wandel is published and starting to sell slowly (see below).
Sales is the usual number. I’ve included a column for ‘Pages read’ – this is the measurement you get when a book is included in the Kindle Unlimited program. This column is purely from November and December. Amazon pay on a basis of fractions of a cent for each page read, so the actual effect on my income has been small.
> Sales Pages read
Raw Deal 20,545
Sleight of Hand (ebook) 22,346 24,779
Sleight of Hand (audio) 1,072
Sleight of Hand (German) 1,432 29,476
Hidden Trump 16,000
Hidden Trump (audio) 314
Hidden Trump (German) 772 31,729
Wild Card 7,594
Wild Card (German) 208
Cool Hand 3,961
The Biting Cold 609
As I’ve been remarking for the last year or so, my real concern is the drop off between Hidden Trump and Wild Card, and the further drop between Wild Card and Cool Hand. Both are around 50%, which is extremely disappointing, especially given the reviews and ratings, which show no problems of that size. I guess that I have to proceed on the basis that this is some marketing issue and I hope to try some fixes out during 2016.
I haven’t really worked out what my marketing strategy for 2016 is, but on a trial basis, I’m going to move Hidden Trump and Wild Card to Kindle Unlimited. At the same time, I will drop the price of Sleight of Hand to 99c, also for a limited time.
At some stage, I would like to do an organized promotion using BookBub, BookGorilla and other newsletters.
I haven’t really put much effort into the blog this year, but I do find things to put on the Facebook pages. In 2016, I’d like the blog to have as many posts as the Bite Back Facebook page, and link from the page back to the blog.
I hope you all had a great time over Christmas and I wish all of you a wonderful 2016.