Dad & Ailz visit and DIY

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Today my Dad and Ailz came over with a raft of pictures to hang on our blank walls, including a number of Ailz’ cross-stitch works and a tableau that could include both Abe Lincoln and Robert E. Lee (confederate general), bought in Kentucky.  Maybe I’ll take pictures in good light tomorrow. We showed them the house, which is starting to look pretty nice, then went out for lunch at a lovely pub called ‘The Orange Tree’.    Dad, Ailz, me, SY    Chicken soup to start.    Pork belly for main- lush.   An array of paints for dessert. But really, we bought these later.       We talked about granny and cousins and my sister’s baby blessingway, and of course …

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

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Sales and borrows are taking a jump today, up to 8 sales and 4000 page reads and the days almost over, which is great.  Perhaps this is the impact of free really kicking in? It has been a week since the promo ended- that would be slow response- though I have heard it can take days for the post-free bounce to kick in. In other writing news, I’ve broadly plotted out zombie book 3. These things always seem more exciting to me as I dig in. It may end on a terrible cliff-hanger. I’m thinking about that… Life Last night, after agonizing over wardrobes for hours (so expensive!) we spent over £300 on general house goods. A house requires a …

Last / Lost day 4 after promo

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I moved house!  Didn’t have internet yesterday so couldn’t update. Sales of books went down from the high of 10 to just 2 yesterday, and now 4 today. Pages read has come down from 10,000 to 4,000 to 2,000. Tralala. I did all I could do. Reviews on The Last are up to 40. That is awesome. After over a year out and some 100 emails to book bloggers, Ignifers Rise still has only 27. The Last has been out 4 months. I’m going to start editing Mr. Ruins harshly. I’m simplifying and speeding things up. It’ll be the same story, but faster and more accessible. New covers too. I’ll get Zombie Ocean 3 out first though. Life Moving house! …

Last / Lost day 2 after promo

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Sales of all books today are down to 5, but page reads are still high at 4500. Between them that’s about $35.  6 days at that level of sales and I’ll pay off the promo cost. 9 days and it will pay for the cover too. Any further can go towards the next cover and promo!  Life New house! It bucketed down rain all day. We arrived to get the key at 3pm. Going into the house was just overwhelming. Our house! Turning off the burglar alarm was wild and frantic. Discovering that some of the electrics, one toilet and the shower are faulty was a downer. On the upside, we have an apple tree! Didn’t even know it. Delicious …

Last / Lost day 1 after promo

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Shifting 7000 free copies of The Last and The Lost is already having some small boost effect, with 10 sales so far today. Kindle Unlimited page reads (borrows) are up fourfold on normal- 5000 pages read. That’s probably 10 people reading a book fully through.  Things ought to pick up a little more- that is if the promo has raised my visibility on the popularity list. In the past the bump comes a few days after coming off free. I feel good. I guess a big part of that is the good reviews coming in. I’m glad people are enjoying my stuff. I’ve written the best books I know how, marketed them as well as I know how, and I’m …