Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Festival Time!

I love this time of year. The weather's broken, so the heat that leaves me breathless is gone. So is the humidity.

I get a whole lot more active this time of year. Like today, I had my bff come by so we could tackle my weedy flower beds. It would have taken a couple of days in August, but we knocked it out in a couple of hours.

Last two weekends hubby and I went to festivals. I've got another one this Saturday. I've been selling a whole lot more books face to face. It makes up for the sales that have dropped online.

I'm also selling my collection of crocheted items. That's bags, baskets, hats and shawls. I tend to bring something with me when I'm at the farmer's market, just to keep my hands busy. Now I've got quite a collection.

Got a line on a pair of alpacas. These are little white guys who could very well pay for their keep in fiber. Here's hoping.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why Come Back?

It was a matter of practicality. My new blog doesn't get the hits, even after 2 years, that this one does when I'm not using it.

Sad, sad, sad, but true.

So I'm back, looking around and trying to figure out what I need to do to start selling more ebooks, using this blog.

Now, the rest of the story.

Let's talk about 'The Emissary' - my novella of the Zombie Apocalypse on Horseback.
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Yep, that's all the news. A blank line...for a total of ZERO sales.

What did I do wrong?

I don't know. I suppose it's because chasing trends doesn't work worth a wooden nickle. I've had a tremendous amount of fun writing the series. There are three stories on my hard drive, two are complete, one is published and the final installment is an outline. I can't afford the copy editor right now. So they will stay put until I can raise the money.

What am I going to do next?

Not sure.

My best selling novel is 'Let's Do Lunch' which says a lot about the book. I always thought of it as my experiment. Maybe it's time to re-think that novel and the one I wrote with the same themes.

'Swallow the Moon' has been updated and given a FABULOUS new cover. Same cover artist, Athanasios

This cover has all the elements of the story, but it appeals to women, unlike the other cover, which I loved, but which didn't hit the right cords with readers.

I guess I could re-enroll in Kindle Select and do a give away. But that would take 'Swallow the Moon' off the market on other venues were there have been a few sales every month.

Not a good idea this close to the Reading Season.

My trip to Ashtabula kicked up my sales for 3 months. My continued presence at the Farmer's Market and the various festivals around Elizabethtown has kept both paperbacks available to the public.

Autumn Days, a Vine Grove festival, is coming up this Saturday. I'm looking forward to going and spending the day with another author, D. A. Lawson. (The link is to her Amazon page.)

That's all for this installment.

Funny, it's so much easier to write this blog, which I think of as my 'public musings' instead of my 'professional' blog.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm Back

Things have been busy at Jordan's Croft. So busy that I gave up this blog for quite awhile.

Since the heat broke we’ve been puttering around in the yard. I still don’t have a goose free yard but the girls are penned up in Chicken World. So there aren’t as many chickens jumping on the porch to steal cat food. (Or leave proof they were there.)

Nothing going on the writing front. I’ve got to go hermit again, I guess. But with the weather cooling down I’m able to sleep better at night because I can be more active during the day.

That’s it for today.