Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Moving Right Along--or What's Next?

Like all of you, I've mainly been sheltering in place, though I do venture out to the grocery store once in a while dutifully wearing a face mask.

My .99 cent sale for Murder in the Worst Degree is over, and the result were 91 people purchased the book on Kindle. Certainly nowhere the number of books if it had been free, but this was the  publisher's choice. Plus, it had been free once before when it was with the first publisher. But who knows, maybe it will encourage some of these readers to try some other books in the series.

While staying at home, I've managed to finish my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. I going over it, looking at suggestions and corrections from my critique group (we're doing it via email these days), and then I'll send it off to my editor.

When all that's done, I'll start planning the promotion which will  not at this time include any in-person events until this darn disease is under control. Maybe I'll do a blog tour.

I'm also getting thought about the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, and the big question is, should I include what we are all going through now or not? Fellow authors, what are you going to do about this big chunk of history (when it is history) in your next mysteries?

I'd also like to hear what you're doing during this stay-at-home time.

See you in May. And I'll share the cover of the new book.



Morgan Mandel said...

I'm not including the pandemic in my current book. Being fiction, I'll allow the readers to read about a world not rife with so many problems. As for sales, 91 sales sounds great, unless you spent a lot on promotion. That's what eats up the profits.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

No, I didn't spend a lot on promotions. I'm still not sure whether or not I'll include the pandemic. Probably should wait until it all settled down--if it does.

authorlindathorne said...

Selling ninety one books in any form shows your promotion (and past promotions) have done well. You are really out there. I'm working from home (my day job) and busier than I've ever been because everything is so turned around. As far as including this new environment in books and movies, I'm sure we'll see that a lot of that. My series (if it ever becomes more than one), is stuck back in 2004 and 2005, so it won't be anything I'll put into a book.

I'm trying to get back to writing and posting, etc. I'm getting closer, but this sure was a bump. I feel lucky compared to so many who are suffering from this (financial and healthwise). Take care.

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