Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Makes a Writer Smile

Photos like these!  Check it out, friends in DC took this one at their local Barnes & Noble:

How happy did that make me?

Then a friend in the Bay area sent THIS is, from her local B&N:

Which made me say:

Then today, friends in the UK sent me this shot, showing what they've been up to lately:

I grinned so wide and hard that the rest of me disappeared.

That's how you make a writer smile.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What Writers Don't Know About Their Book Sales or - Just About Everything

So, you're a writer and you're busy writing your third book. Your second book just came out, and it's doing okay, you think.

And you think that but really you have just NO FLIPPING IDEA how it's doing.

People ask me how book sales are going, and the truth is I don't know.

And that's because there is no one source for book sales, and some sources won't share their info. I can look at what Amazon tells me on my Author Page, but those numbers don't include: 1. Sales from independent book stores who don't use bookscan. 2. Kindle sales. (No, really. Amazon won't tell me how many electronic copies they've sold of my books on Kindle. You would think that would be the easiest thing thing for them to track and to share with an author. But no.) 3. Nook sales. (Barnes and Noble doesn't even have an Author page or its equivalent, so forget it!) 4. Kobo sales. 5. Sony E-Reader Sales. 6. Random other sales that apparently happen that nobody knows about.

You would think in this age of electronic whatchamajiggies and tracking thingamabobs that it would all be known.

No, it is not flippin' known!

So when I get a cool @reply on Twitter from a friend telling me that OTHERKIN has hit #94 on the Amazon Teen Fantasy (Kindle) charts, I rush out and squee and tweet about it. And I watch obsessively throughout the day, refreshing the OTHERKIN page to see if it's moved. And it did move! All the way up to #81 on that chart! Then it was on two charts - Kindle Teen Fantasy and Kindle Children's Books at spots 84 and 99!

Now today, it's not on either chart, but is (as I type this) ranked #4,694. OTHERMOON isn't far behind.

But what does that mean?

Say it with me:

I do know it's a good thing to be on a chart somewhere. Being in the top 100 (or top 10, as OTHERKIN was on the Sony Reader store Children's list last year for awhile) is better than not being in it.

Now this may vary, depending on your publisher. Another writer told me that her publisher sent her weekly emails with sales numbers.

I hope she's right. But I can't quite believe it. It's like believing in fairies or the Easter Bunny. You want it to be true, but if your life depended on believing it... like, if a vampire was coming at you and you held up a picture of the Easter Bunny to fend it off, would the vampire flinch back? Or would it laugh and tear the picture from your hand, saying, "Your lack of faith will be your doom!"

What if the Easter Bunny was a vampire? Oh wait. They did that story. And it was awesome.

So I celebrated and tweeted being on the Amazon charts yesterday. But I have no idea what that really means for my sales. It's good - don't get me wrong. But I can't quantify "good" for you. I wish I could.

Eventually I will get royalty statements. I'm looking forward to those.

Sort of.

I think some part of me is glad not to know, not to quantify my writing too much. It's a creative process. Getting numbery about it isn't conducive to my creativity.

Meanwhile, a three day weekend is coming up, which means ... more writing away at book 3. Wish me luck. Wishing you a happy:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A Very Private OTHERKIN Love Letter

I don't normally share love letters. They're the most personal thing there is. But...

Over at Vampire Book Club, for their Character Love Letters event this February (hello, Valentines' Day!) you can read a very private email Caleb sent to Dez between the events of OTHERKIN and OTHERMOON.

The books are from Dez's point of view, so here's a rare chance to get a glimpse inside Caleb's (rather racy and intimate!) thoughts.

Aren't boys fun?

They also have a giveaway, so if you didn't win OTHERMOON in my giveaway, here's another chance!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Congratulations to the Giveaway Winners!

And thanks to all of you for entering my launch giveaway. Wish I could send books to all of you!

(Wish my handwriting was actually this legible! :)