As I wrote in the previous post, I decided to search outside my current Friends and Family for beta readers for my new novel. As we all know, F&Fs will tell an author that they really like the book because that’s what Friends and Family do. And they might even buy a copy of the book once it is published, because that’s what they do. But an honest opinion–F&F aren’t good for that.
First I went to Goodreads for beta readers. They have two groups of Beta readers and following their instructions I listed my novel about women of a certain age finding love and danger and eating very well in Los Angeles. I mentioned the collie, too. The result: Nada. Nothing. No one in the beta group volunteered to read my novel. I found out, however, that there are people in a separate section of the GR beta group who will beta read and report back–for a fee. One of them sounds good, so I may send my MS off to her. Soon. I will report about how this goes.
After Goodreads I moved on and sent a copy of the novel, which I’m now calling ‘L.A. Ladies’ to a friend who is a playwright. Her first response: “Not noir?” I swear the brilliant Raymond Chandler cast a noir spell over Los Angeles. Well, that was then and this is now. My novel has not an ounce of noir in it. It is a romance with a mystery, a big friendly collie dog and a kayak trip down the L.A. River. Well, it will be interesting to read further reactions from my playwright friend who lives in Tucson and wants noir. I’ve asked her to get back to me by mid-December.
Now about Facebook. I decided that I should drum up some Likes for my FB Annie Carroll Author page before I solicited beta readers from the group. I agreed to a budget of $4 a day and put a limit of $1 for each Like. Well those folks at FB apparently can’t do math. My Likes started off at .90 per Like and steadily rose to $1.35 per Like. In the end I spent about $28 over 7 days and now have 32 Likes–not all of which came from the FB promotion. And about an hour ago I launched a second promotion for ‘Likes’. This time my budget is $3 a day and FB promises 2-4 Likes a day.
Meanwhile my non-fiction guide to Working After Retirement continues to sell a year after it was published. It is concise, practical and only $3.99 now.
Bookstat just released the sales figures by adult fiction genres for 2013. The surprise is that Mysteries came in lower than Literary fiction–at least according to this information. (I’m not sure what the genre called “general” is!)
1 – Thrillers ($1.088 billion)
2 -Romance ($1.079 Billion)
3 – General ($810 million)
4- Literary ($548 million)
5- Mystery & detective ($442 million)
6 -Fantasy ($377 million)
Another valuable source of information about sales by genre can be found at authorearnings.com This site reports quarterly and provides various kinds of data for authors. Their rankings by genre differ slightly from this.
My newest book is a non-fiction guide entitled Working After Retirement. It has all 5 star reviews on Kindle and B&N!
For over ten years I have watched friends and acquaintances enter into retirement in varying states of preparedness. Almost all had made specific retirement plans that included Social Security and other financial resources.
Some, however, had an ‘Ooops Moment’ after they were retired. They discovered that they really did not have enough money to live comfortably in retirement or enough money to last as long as they planned to live. So they did the sensible thing: they went to work to earn more money.
I decided to write about the work they have done–and are still doing–to earn supplemental income after retirement. This is not some kind of fantasy guide; every job included is already generating an income for a real retiree.
“Working After Retirement’ will be published on September 4th on Kindle. It will be available on Nook and iTunes shortly after that.
‘New Vampire Online’ is free on Kindle on June 6 and June 7th. It’s a humorous tale of Los Angeles vampires.Posted: June 6, 2014
Okay. You know the routine.
‘New Vampire Online’ is now on Kindle: http://amazon.com/dp/B00HVLODMW
And you can get the first in the series, ‘New Vampire in Town’: http://amazon.com/dp/B00D3T0GRW
Enjoy! (And please leave a review!)