Dancing As Fast As I Can

Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.

My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…

But…I  will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/03/06/part-5-cutv-news-radio-welcomes-author-and-publisher-roxanne-bland

But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who gets one. In fact, the only person I’ve given one to is my mother (of course!). Speaking of that video interview, a friend put it up on YouTube, and in one month, it’s gotten close to 9,000 views. I’d say that’s good. Anyway, I’ve been all over Facebook with the advertising. I’ve set it up so that it’s going out to the world. Funny though, most of the responses I’ve gotten are from Brazil. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this time I left them out because I want to see how many people from countries other than Brazil respond. Oh, I know Face Book gives you a breakdown, but to be honest, I’m not all that trusting of Face Book’s numbers. Why? They don’t add up.

The Moreva of Astoreth is doing pretty well in terms of ratings. It’s a solid 4 stars across the board, and I just receive another 5 star rating on Amazon. It’s funny–I’ve got almost sixty reviews on Goodreads, over forty on Barnes & Noble, but just sixteen on Amazon. I guess that’s because Amazon makes it so hard to get a book review up these days–they verify purchases. Which means I can’t give a book to someone and ask them to review it. Maybe if I can give them a coupon Amazon will let it in. Still, it means I’ve sold at least sixteen books–so far, anyway. Most, of course, on Kindle if not all of them. I really didn’t expect the print copies to sell that much. Not so much because of the price, but the e-book is only $2.99, as opposed to the print version being $15.00.

Speaking of prices, I think I need to re-think my pricing. I’m thinking I’ll make The Underground cheaper, say, $13.oo. I’ll still make money over the wholesale cost of the book, but it’ll take a while to make my money back on the pre- and post-production costs. It helps that I got smart and kept my costs down, especially with the editing. That’s not cheap. And my cover artist is practicing her 3D modeling skills on my books, so those costs are down, too. I have to say though, it seems to me her skills are pretty much up to par–I’ve received any number of compliments on the cover for The Moreva of Astoreth. And that was her first attempt at modeling. And I love the cover for The Underground Second Edition. A werewolf stepping out of a doorway marked “Deliveries”, into an alley filled with trash. I’m hoping the cover will be intriguing enough for someone to pick up the book. By the way, I’m including the cover with this post, so you can see what I mean. I’ll also mention that this time, I’ve spelled out in no uncertain terms that the story contains profanity, violence and graphic adult situations. I couldn’t believe how many reviews I got for the first edition complaining about it. I mean, what did they think “mature content” meant? Well, I fixed them this time.

So now what for The Underground Second Edition? For one thing, I’d like to hold a launch party at Balticon, which will take place in Baltimore over Memorial Day. All the hotel and conference rooms are taken, so I had to figure out something else. The sales person at Marriott suggested that I hold it in the lobby lounge. What a great idea! It’s not a private party. Anybody can attend. And I want to serve wine and cheese, which means they’ll be pretty much captive since it’s against hotel policy to walk around with open containers of alcohol. At least until they finish their wine, anyway. Best of all, the Marriott sales person told me use of the lounge would be free. Renting a conference room would have been the biggest cost. Now all I need is for the Marriott person to get back to me with a yea or nay. I’ve e-mailed and called, but no response. If I don’t hear by the end of next week, I’ll e-mail again, and this time ask for the courtesy of a reply. If Marriott says no, I can always hold the event in my sleeping room, but I really don’t want to do  that. That’s what I did the last time, and publicizing it meant everyone knew my room number. That kinda made me uncomfortable. Besides, I would really like to serve wine and cheese for refreshments. Nothing like free alcohol to attract folks. And it’s against hotel policy to serve wine to the public on your own, even if it’s in your room.

That’s about it. This is probably one of my longest posts ever, if not the longest. Guess I had a lot to say. At any rate, I’d love to hear what about what you’ve been doing lately. And let me know what you think about The Underground Second Edition cover!

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