Sunday, March 12, 2017

Writing Faster, Survey, and Instafreebie.

Writing Update: 

I often wish that I could write faster. My most productive time is in the morning after about an hour of being up. Since I have a day job, the only chance I get to use that brain power is on weekends and vacations. Anyway, I’m close to finishing the first draft of Lightning Shifter (Freedom Shifters Book 3) If only that meant it was close to be done. Then I will read it multiple times, add, delete and edit…until the final proof read and more edits. I know what the cover is going to be, but I haven’t had a chance to put it together.

Survey Results:

Thanks to my newsletter and other social media outlets, I’ve gotten a good deal of feedback from my book idea survey. Here are the results so far.

Artificial Imperfection: 21%
Feathers of Time: 49%
Hurricane: 30%

It’s not too late to take the survey HERE.

In all honestly, while I like all the ideas. It’s probably good that Feathers of Time is winning because it could attract readers of Native Shifter.


Since giving away a short story collection on Instafreebie, I’ve gone from 35 subscribers to 800 plus, and more are coming every day. I was really surprised there would be so many. Are all these people even going to open their email? No, and many just want that free book, but that’s okay. When I bought my first Kindle, the next idea that popped into my mind was where do I find the free ebooks? I mean you pay for internet, you pay for the e-reader, so then you worry about ringing up a bill from books. I get that from the reader’s point of view.

From the author’s point of view, if I go over 2K subscribers, I will have to go on the paid Mailchimp plan, and Instafreebie is already $20…so I got bills and a lot of time invested. I can’t give everything away. *grin* Yet, every sale is like a small miracle because someone took a chance on an unknown author, and I greatly appreciate it.  

At some point, the paid Mailchimp plan might make sense, but I only have four novels, so it's probably not do-able yet. So, now I'm off to get that writing done. Thanks for reading. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Churning out a ton of books a year sounds great, but that can mean quality suffers. You're just taking your time and doing it right.
Elizabeth S. Craig talked about Instafreebie and Mailchimp the other day. You should go read her article if you haven't already. Your jump in subscribers was really impressive.

Cindy said...

Alex: Thanks! I went and read Elizabeth's article and find that for the most part I have the same experience. I've signed up for some free instafreebie promos among authors networking together, but even when a promo isn't running I get sign ups. I don't know how readers find the book, but they do.

Pat Dilloway said...

I should go look into the Instafreebie but I haven't had time lately. From my experience in newsletters at most 40-50% will actually open the thing and even less click on something, which is usually the free book I include, not my paid book. But I guess it's like junk mail: it doesn't cost a lot so if you get a few hits then it's worthwhile.

Cindy said...

Pat: If you do try it, the first month is free. Be sure to get in on some promos to make that free month worth it. Also, you can stop downloads of the free book and/or switch back to the Free plan (which is useless because you don't get email sign ups with it) but one can always go back to the plus plan.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

800 subscribers! Wow! That's incredible. Enjoy all the success, Cindy. You've definitely earned it. It's good to see that Pat is following your advice too. I know he sells a lot of books.

Spacer Guy said...

Thank you for giving me the inside scoop on instafreebie, not many too many bloggers have success advice to give away like you've just demonstrated.

Nicola said...

Great post, Cindy. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Wishing you every success, and good luck with your WIP.