Monday, May 11, 2020

2019 and 2020 Quarterly Numbers and a Giveaway!

We got some amazing numbers back from Clayborn Press for the Flames of Perdition series (Del books) for 4th Quarter 2019 and 1st Quarter 2020. This includes the promotion that we ran at the end of last year, which saw an incredible jump in downloads:

4th Quarter 2019
1st Quarter 2020

Obviously, I made nothing from the free promo, but that was never the short-term point. Hitting a bunch of top ten lists was very nice, and certainly gave the books more visibility and some additional traction for sales. Altogether, since I joined Clayborn Press a year ago, I’ve sold or given away 1257 copies. This is much, much, much better than I could have ever hoped. Signing up with John (publisher) was as much to have the books still available as it was to release the last book in the series: COMPANY OF THE DAMNED.

That I’ve also seen some minor success is sauce for the goose!

In other news, we have a GIVEAWAY from my other publisher, Ellysian Press, where you can enter to win six books of your choice. THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE is certainly among your choices, but there are some excellent, award winning titles!

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Friday, May 8, 2020

2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards - IPPY

Totally related image, I assure you!

Trying times, to be certain. We now hang our masks up with our keys so that both are ready to go when we’re heading outside. Most everyone is conscious, and some are even crazy-aware, of social distancing. Last night, on a walk with the family, I watched a lady a good hundred yards from us, stop and wait until we’d passed by before she continued her own walk.

Of course, we often see people walking—on the other side of the street—with no face masks. So far, everyone close to us has remained safe and well.  Here’s hoping you and yours have too.

On the other side of things, I promised a bit of exciting news, and so here it is direct from the Independent Publisher Book Awards:

Congratulations on being a medalist in the 2020 IPPY Awards!

Yes, you are an IPPY medalist and you are a very big deal! We truly appreciate your participation, your patience with our delayed judging schedule, and especially your talent and commitment to independent publishing.

The Clockwork Detective won a bronze medal in the Science Fiction category! Not just a virtual bronze medal, but there’s an actual, physical medal that I’m required by law to wear around my neck everywhere I go. Well, maybe not by law, but I’m strongly considering including it in any formal attire!

The only downside—and it’s minor to be certain—is that the awards ceremony at the annual Book Expo in New York, has been cancelled. There will be a virtual ceremony, and of course the medals are all being shipped out to the winners, so there’s that. At any other time, this would have been an excellent excuse to take a small vacation to New York.

I suppose I can just watch some Woody Allen instead.

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