New review of "Lovers and Beloveds," and a shipping update (updated yet again)
Keryl Raist has a really good review of "Lovers and Beloveds" today. She also posted it at Goodreads, Amazon and Smashwords. So far, the book is at least 4.5 stars pretty much everywhere it's sold or reviewed, the exception seeming to be Barnes & Noble where I don't think there are any reviews up. All the official reviewer-type people I've sent the book to have come very close to raving. I still dread that one savage review. It's out there somewhere (it is for all writers); it just hasn't found me yet.
I'm down to the last 20 books or so to ship! That's including recent orders! If you're international, your book will be going out this week. I had to save up a bit to afford the postage. *weeps*
Once I'm caught up, books should go out the same week in which they're ordered barring me being out of books, and I'm going to try to keep a small stock on hand. It's taken me by surprise how many people want autographed copies rather than going through, say, CreateSpace or Amazon. But then it's surprised me how many people want copies at all.
Because you guys invested in me, I want to be somewhat transparent in my dealings. So far since the book launch in September, I've sold about 75 copies of the paperback; that includes direct, CreateSpace and Amazon sales. I've done more than twice that in ebooks, including direct, Amazon Kindle, B&N and Smashwords.
That may not sound like a lot, and in fact if you stack me up against indies like JA Konrath or Zoe Winters, it's piddling. But I've sold about 70 more copies of the paperback and 150 more copies of the ebook than 99% of most other indies. And if you measure most traditionally published authors against the titans like Stephen King, they'll look piddling, too. (Actually, most traditionally published books sell less than a thousand copies each. Little known fact.)
I remain optimistic. It's still early days, and the word out in book land is both building and extremely positive.
Update: All domestic orders are out! Tomorrow and the next day I hope to have all the internationals out--nine orders. yay!