First: Thank you very much, readers and especially reviewers of The Secret! Two of you have posted very nice things–you know who you are, and to some extent I do too, and I appreciate it.
Second: The book continues to do better than I expected–especially in the UK. In fact it went to the #23 spot for contemporary fantasy, which is really quite nice. Since I expected nothing at all from the thing, its performance in the US has also been a nice surprise. Plus, I’d never sold anything at all in France or Australia before. Neat!
Third: Nearly all “sales” have been via Kindle Unlimited. I know this because I see very few sales in Amazon’s reports…but I’ve seen many thousands of “pages read,” which means either KU people or Amazon Prime people “borrowing” the book for a month. Unfortunately, sort of, Amazon seems to base the book’s Sales Rank on borrows vs. pages read, and doesn’t give me any direct data about borrows, so I have to draw inferences. (Incidentally, I’d LOVE to get data about how many people see the book’s page–or just the cover & title–and how many go on to take some action related to purchasing or reading the thing. That’d let me try out different descriptive text, covers, whatever…and that would help Amazon too. But they’re stingy with data.)
Fourth: When I’m looking at Kindle Unlimited titles, higher prices make me more likely to borrow that book–it feels more like a bargain. So I’m raising the price to $3.99 effective whenever the ‘Zon gets around to accepting and pushing out my changes. Last time that meant they screwed up my book’s description even though the one I provide via “Author Central” is supposed to prevail–see, the one I give when setting up the book doesn’t allow the formatting–but maybe that won’t happen this time. Or maybe it will. But anyway, a “sale” at $3.99 helps a lot more with the book’s rank, which affects how often Amazon shows it to people, and that may or may not apply to “borrows”…but either way I don’t see much downside.
So if you don’t have it yet, and want it for $.99? Hurry! (Or just ask me for a free copy. I don’t mind.)
Fifth: I’m going to be starting a daily writing regimen. Just half an hour a day, first thing in the morning. That’s for new material only–editing will happen later if at all. If I can keep it up, that’s a novel every 2-3 months…but I don’t know how it’ll go. Still, I’m hopeful.
Sixth: Have fun out there!