I signed up for the I'm Hearing Voices! Character Blogfest.
You too can join. Various posts are required. Here are the guidelines:
February 6th - Monday: Characters on the couch: Have one of your characters answer the following questions (to make this work to your benefit, choose a character who is the hardest for you to write :) Max 250 words (Not including the questions—only the answers).
1. What is your biggest vulnerability? Do others know this or is it a secret?
2. What do people believe about you that is false?
3. What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?
4. What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality? Why?
5. What do you want most? What will you do to get it?
February 8th - Wednesday - Dialogue Introduction: Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.
February 10th - Friday - Emotion Flash Fiction: Emotion is the engine of a story. Pick an emotion and in a flash fiction piece of 250 words MAKE us feel it! We want to connect with your character. This will be a challenge in 250 words
Two query critiques
and two full manuscript critiques.
See the above blog link for more details.
As some of you may have noticed, I enrolled both my books in the Kindle Select program. This gives you the option to set your book to completely free up for 5 days over the 90 day period. So here is what I did and what happened.
TransShifter: Free 3 days: 400 downloads.
Vallar: Free 2 days: 900 downloads.
Since being free I've been getting 2 or 3 sales per day (2 of them in the UK for the first time). TransShifter has sold double the amount of Vallar, but it was the first one set to free and it's only .99 cents while Vallar is currently 2.99. So we will see. This is only over the last 2 weeks. Not too exciting, but I'm happy with it. I feel it was a good way to get some exposure for the books and it may lead to gaining readers.
Yesterday, someone tweeted to me this about Vallar…
It took me about 7h to finish Vallar. I was gonna read a bit before sleeping but I couldn't put it down and now the sun is up.
Keeping someone up all night, made me very happy.
Now for my theories about science fiction. It's not really selling that well. Not near as well as other genres. Mysteries, contemporary, post-apocalyptic and thrillers from my observations are the hotter genres, especially on Kindle. I’m not so sure about YA paranormal on Kindle. I’ve seen some selling well, but others just sitting there. Perhaps the market is too flooded with them.
And get ready for the market to be flooded with Steampunk because I occasionally come across the SF writer considering Steampunk since they can't find an agent interest in SF. I too am guilty as I have had one story that could be Steampunk circling in my mind for some time.
I've also realized that SF is very hard to break into if you think about it. Of course, I should know this, but it’s just become even more clear in the last few days. I’m just an Indie up the giants. Then you have people (including Indies) who already have a series of books selling in SF.
So it's just plain competitive and I feel happy with these small successes. Sure some people have a hit and it takes off instantly and easily. But for others like me, it's more of a marathon and you just have to keep working at it. That's what I'm going to do.
Going free tip: tag your book with the words "Kindle freebie" if you set a book to free. There are some blogs that pick it up, list it and tweet about it. They must have some sort of bot that does it automatically. Don't worry. It won't post unless it's free.
Have a great weekend everyone.
PS: My cookie award post is coming up next Monday. It's about the biggest crater on Mars, the Hellas Basin, and why it's special for being more than just big.