Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Five for October 19th

1. Thank you for all the enthusiasm about L'il Gal Al and the Zombies of Amarillo. It's great to finally have it out there and to supply y'all with some Halloween reading. I've gotten mixed reviews. It makes me anxious and I start to doubt myself. Then I want to put another story out to blow everyone's socks off. Oh the ups and downs of being a writer!

2. I haven't done a sales update recently. Fearless continues to be strong on Amazon. This past month, the UK sales doubled and beat out the US ones. Sales on Smashwords have slowed. I hope to get a boost next week with my Fearless tour from Shades of Rose Marketing. Here are my stats since the release. I'll put up L'il Gal Al's stats too.
    Fearless                                                                      L'il Gal Al
       Amazon - 3055                                                           2
       Smashwords - 731                                                      24
       B&N -  3                                                                    0

3. Something new I learned this week: Kobo does not show the stats on downloads for free books. I've been under the impression for a long time that I've sold nothing on Kobo. I might have had a lot of downloads or none, but I'll never know.

4. I lost my morning writing time this week because I substituted at my son's preschool while his teacher was away on vacation. I've always admired teachers greatly, but I've gained an even higher appreciation for them this week. Thankfully the class just lasts for 2.5 hours in the morning. I don't think I could've make it through a full day! My energy levels can't match that of seven toddlers.

5. My writer's group meets tomorrow, but I've no other plans for the weekend other than grocery shopping and recycling. I have a Halloween party on the 27th, but I still haven't found a costume yet. My husband's going as Superman from an alternate world. A world where Superman landed in Russia rather than the US. Hehehe! I told him I was going to give him the Superman curl. I wonder if he'll let me.

Have a great weekend!

23 comments:

  1. I need to review L'il Gal Al soon, and I will as soon as everything stops being crazy lol!

    I think the book will do well, and mixed reviews are pretty much part of the whole writing thing :( Don't doubt yourself, because you are amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much! You're so wonderfully encouraging. :)

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  2. Your sales will pick up, for sure:) it's still early days for L'il Gal Al... don't go doubting yourself... the story is great:)

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    1. Thank you! You're a great CP and friend. :)

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  3. I also intend to review L'il Gal Al , and will be doing so when I return from holiday.

    I agree with Kyra, don't doubt yourself. You're a great writer, and mixed reviews are the nature of the beast.

    Great sales stats, though it's a shame that Kobo doesn't give you stats on free stories.

    That's so great that you were able to help out at your son's school. Though I don't know how you run around after seven toddlers, I have trouble with one! :D

    Weekends where you have nothing much planned are great. Enjoy your time off!

    Your hubby's idea of Russian Superman sounds intriguing.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I don't have to volunteer again for the preschool for another month. This week was exhausting! Have fun on your holiday!

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  4. That's a lot of downloads! Sorry I couldn't do a bigger mention for your new book today but the post was already overflowing.

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    1. No worries, Alex. I'm thankful for any shout-out at all. :)

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  5. I hear you on the ups and downs. *hugs*

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. Maybe you could go as L'il Gal Al for the Halloween party? Just a thought. I'll be reading it this weekend.

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    1. I'm not scrawny, though! *LOL* Enjoy the novelette! :)

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  8. Hehe! I've already talked to you about mixed reviews. They happen to the best of us.

    I'm sure you'll figure out a Halloween costume. You still have a week. :)

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    1. I'll think of something silly. I'll see what's cheap at the store tomorrow. :)

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  9. good for you--working at your son's school--very cool---i would love to be in your writing group!!

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    1. Thanks! Those kids have me adoring them and giving me gray hairs at the same time! :)

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  10. You are brave to do the substitute teacher thing! I think I would've run the other way!

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    1. I just keep telling myself my next day to participate in the class isn't for another month! Then I can get through. *LOL*

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  11. Christine, I'll give your new book a mention next week. We all get mixed reviews. Don't doubt yourself. I think you're an awesome writer. :D Have a good weekend.

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  12. That's too bad Kobo doesn't give you stats! I wonder why that is.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  13. I'm glad I don't have to go to any Halloween parties. I'm way past wanting to dress up.

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