Mar
26
2014
0

Applied statistics

In order to boost readership (royalties don’t mean anything if you don’t sell anything), i decided to try a free promotion for my books this week. The idea is to celebrate a new book by making them free for a few days so that people actually read them.

The results are interesting, because I can get quasi-realtime numbers from Amazon. In the USA anything with “vampire” in the title will sell well, followed by romance/historical, and then science fiction. Or at least that’s what happens with my books. In the UK, historical fiction outsells both science fiction and “vampire”.  In Canada historical fiction and “vampire” do about the same – though the numbers are too small for a more meaningful conclusion.

I’m actually quite pleased with the results, when I give the books away they do well and get to the front page in their categories. So I’m not an awful author, just an unknown one. Unknown is fixable, but if you’ve written as much as I have and are still awful, then you’re in trouble.

Anyway I usually publish drafts either at Authonomy or Create space. I’d love to hear about them.

 

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts |
Mar
20
2014
0

Mis-aligned adds.

Just finished publishing another fiction book (remember my IP rights for writing fluff are protected at GSU,  my rights for writing software aren’t). It has a fair bit of action involving sailing ships and naval battle, among other things.  The add software must have  been reading it, because suddenly I started to receive adds for sailing school!

That’s half-clever, but really sad in the end.

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts,engineering,security |
Feb
09
2014
0

Lessons for self-publishing.

I’ve learned a few things about self-publishing the hard way – so I’ll pass them on and hopefully save someone else a headache

  1. Use a search engine to check your title.  My book “new southern vampire” has nothing to do with the “southern vampire” series (only found out about it recently – which is not an excuse for a similar title). They are quite different, but it looks like a cheap attempt at a knock off. Wonder if it’s hard to change titles?
  2. Check to see what are similar books for choosing the book classification.
  3. Page numbers.  This may seem silly but page numbers aren’t generated by the create space book printing engine.  Either you put them there or there aren’t any.  While you’re at it, adjust their template to make the book look more professional. At a minimum play with the paragraph splitting controls to avoid big blank spaces. You should also probably use the text alignment settings to fill paragraphs so that there isn’t a ragged edge.
  4. Proof read. Proof read, Proof read.

Anyway hope this is helpful.

 

Jan
22
2014
0

Book on Programming

In a more serious vein, I’m slowly writing a book on how to program. I’ve noticed that too many of the students struggle with the process rather than the details. This is sort of a digressive way to say they can write a loop, but don’t know how do decide when to do it.

Programming for the Lazy

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts,engineering,pedagogy |
Jan
12
2014
0

draft for your perusal

another manuscript of a fiction book. Since GSU lets us keep the royalties from fiction (though not real products), I’ll post it here.

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts |

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