Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Book Sales Slow Down



I have sold one book so far this month. A kindle version of Persuasive Lips, the sexy prequel to my Good Girls of Washington series. No books at any other retailers.

I used to sell an average of a book a day. Then a book a week. But one book in a month is just beyond disappointing.

I've done everything possible with my price points. When the 99 cents sales ground to a halt, I inched up the prices a dollar at a time. No sales. Then I matched the $5.95 price my publisher, Eternal Press charges for Thousand Dollar Pharaoh. No sales. So now everything is back at $2.99, the minimum price at which Amazon will give you a 70% royalty in the US.

At some point over the last two years, all of my Indie published books have been free. I gave away thousands. And received horrible reviews in return. The few good reviews I have are for books people paid for. The horrible reviews will not go away. No matter how many times I unpublish, they are saved for when I make the books available again. I suppose I could make up new titles, pour money into new covers and change names, locations, etc. and republish the books. That might get rid of the bad reviews. But it would be cheating the readers who would be tricked into buying books they've already read. For free. Plus I haven't made enough in royalties to cover my original start-up costs, so where would the dough come from?

Amazon has a new promo. $10 to read all the books you want in a month. The books that are in their KDP program. You know, the one where it is exclusive to Amazon and can't be available electronically anywhere else? The one where you can offer it free for one week per month? The one where I offered it for free and got all the bad reviews? This time, someone must read past the first 10% in order for you to get credit and be put into their pool of authors who get money.

Guess what? That actually doesn't sound bad to this author who has only sold one $2.99 book this month at Kindle and nowhere else. So I republished my old erotic romances written in a pseudo into their program. So far, no takers. But nothing lost. I'm also going to toss PERSUASIVE LIPS and DEVIL IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA into the abyss as soon as Barnes and Noble removes them from sale. Apple and Kobo and All Romance eBooks already have.

Do I expect a bump in sales? Nope, especially since nobody ever bought my short story, DEVIL as a kindle. But nothing ventured, nothing lost.

It's just something else productive to do, making me feel like I'm at least trying to entertain readers.

Lemon Pound Cake


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp 
baking soda
1/2 tsp 
baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup 
granulated sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil


Icing:

1 cup plus 1 Tbsp 
powdered sugar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt in a large bowl.

Use an electric mixer to blend together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract & lemon juice in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients into 
dry ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Add oil and mix well. Pour ingredients into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Make the lemon icing by combining ingredients in a small bowl with electric mixer on low speed.

Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack with wax paper under the rack. When cake is completely cool, drizzle icing all over the top. Icing will harden in a few moments. Serve at room temperature. 

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