So, August just appeared on the calendar and see I’ve kept no one updated on events occurring over the last few weeks. So a summer update for those who are interested.
In release news things are plugging along. Not a lot of real interest in Built for Murder so far with only 5 sales to document. Am running several ad campaigns (Amazon, Goodreads) for it as well and while its thumbnail has appeared hundreds of times, it probably needs a kick in the pants rewrite as the view-to-click results are abysmal. OTOH, it generated the largest quarterly payment for any of my releases since I started publishing. Not disappointed yet, but will attempt to do some ad tweaking hoping to improve sales.
Storms on an Opal Sea has gone down without a trace as most short stories do. Nothing to brag about there and I remain hopeful some reader will come along, read one story, then purchase everything at one time just to fulfill one of my writing fantasies. Yeah, like that might happen. Am running an ad campaign for it as well that has so far been ignored by the viewers. Oh well, they’re missing out on a cracking good story.
Writing is moving along in fits and starts. Chapters for Alexiandrölarn are being reviewed almost weekly and the suggestions and comments have been helpful in making the story better. While I had the basic story written before I started the reviews, aspects have changed and require some rewriting of the last few chapters. Thankfully, that is coming along well, with lots of material already prepared that needs some skillful reinterpretation to make the scenes fit with the revised plot.
And finally, the Erich Rambles mystery 2’s previously completed Festival of Murder chapters have appeared on the review site seeking feedback. So I’m wasting as little time as possible to get another release out within a few months. If I’m lucky, both of the above projects will see the light of publication.
All this practice and critical reviews have helped me become even better at writing decent first drafts, which is always a good thing to happen. The less time I spend in rewriting the more material I can turn into the stories I want to share with everyone.
Hope your summer is going well. Have fun!