Saturday, November 26, 2011

Status Check-in

Well, it will be coming up on 3 months in a few more days since the release of Sterling. Thought I would document a little progress report, as one intent of this blog is to share my experience as an indie writer from pre-publishing to...well, wherever this takes me.

While the ranking has been in the top 20 (all the way up to #3) in Fantasy/Contemporary, I am still pleased that "Sterling" remains on the top 100 at Amazon. I am very curious to see what happens after the 3 month mark when the book falls off of the "New releases 90 days" list.
I think a lot of people find their books from the new releases, so what a shame if that has a significant impact.

US RANK:
#21 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
#29 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary

UK RANK:
#17 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
#26 in Books > Fiction > Romance > Paranormal
#33 in Books > Fantasy > Contemporary

GERMANY RANK:
Nr. 51 in Englische Bücher > Fantasy & Science Fiction > Fantasy > Zeitgenössisch
Nr. 68 in Kindle-Shop > eBooks > Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englisch > Fantasy & Science Fiction > Fantasy

FRANCE RANK:
n°44 dans Boutique Kindle > Ebooks Kindle > Ebooks en langues étrangères > Ebooks en anglais > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary


Germany and France are not my biggest sellers, and I'm not quite sure how to read their ranking system...is that a degree symbol for France?

Amazon only rates their products based on those who write a review, there is no star ranking system otherwise. It's a shame, because not everyone feels comfortable writing a review - I sure wish more would. I receive a number of emails, messages, and reviews on Goodreads that I would love it if readers took a moment to share their thoughts on Amazon.

Here is what the rank looks like on Goodreads:












That's tremendous to see how many people are enjoying the book. For those who didn't, I'm still glad they gave the book a chance.  I have read a few reviews, I think a couple mentioned the time jumps in the beginning. That was a necessary element in order to have enough time lapse that the relationships between characters would have naturally grown to a believable point. I couldn't continue the book throughout with "And the next day, and the next day". Additionally, they are immortal, so a few months to them isn't such a big deal as it is to us humans. ;-)

When "Sterling" was first written, it was 130,000 words. I had to do a significant amount of editing, and there was a lot of relationship building in the beginning. Unfortunately, authors have to make necessary cuts to chop it down to size. No one wants to read "War and Peace" in Urban Fantasy.

I would love to answer any questions that readers may have about certain elements in book 1. Ask!

I'm very excited as my progress in the last draft for book 2 is nearing 95% completion. There will be another edit and polish after I've given it off to the betas, and I hope they all have favorable things to say. I'm very excited about getting it out there.

I've had people ask me when is the release? I posted on my earlier blog, December. That was my goal, not a definitive date. But these are the holidays, and I've also incorporated a few extra steps. Thank you for being patient, and as I have a clearer picture of the timeline, I will definitely post an update with an expected release date!

In the meantime, did we all enjoy our Thanksgiving pie? I sure did...

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