Monday, February 27, 2012

Sales Update

I quit posting my sales stats because, supposedly, Amazon doesn't let us do that (according to their TOS). However, I can tell you this much. My sales at B&N are up 500% over where they were in November, and my Amazon income is up 600% over November. January was my best month, numbers wise, but February is the best so far paycheck wise. Sales were down the last two weeks of February. I don't know if that's due to all the Amazon Select books available free, or people are busy doing clue. I hope things pick back up in March. I'd like to see my Satisfaction books back at the top of the lists. I was selling 15,000 a month of those in Dec and January, but they've dropped off to around 3000 a month. Right now I'm concentrating my promotion efforts on Blame it on Texas and Lone Star Justice while they're still in Select, because I've opted not to renew their inclusion in Select after March 9. I don't like Amazon's inflexible "thou shalt not while in Select" policies.

Watch for the Romantic Times ad for Superstition coming out in the June edition. It will be handed out at the RT convention and available in bookstores.


News, Reviews, and Opinions

In new news, I'm working on the sequel to Blame it on Texas. No tentative publication date yet because the writing is going slowly. There's been a lot going on at home, Spring is in the air, drawing my attention to the outdoors, I've started a serious diet and exercise program, and promotion takes up way too much of my time. Seriously. I'm thinking about hiring a publicist to take care of that stuff.

I have a half-dozen ideas tugging at my brain, saying "write me! write me!" And I want to. But have to finish this one first, then write the sequel to Superstition. I think I'm going to title it Legend. Then I want to write another series of shorts and I have the idea for it, just not titles or time yet.

I'm really ready to hit the road to take wildflower pictures. Texas should be awash in bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, azaleas, crimson clover, sage and so many other flowers soon. We'll probably try taking the dog with us this time, since he's on twice-a-day medications. That could be interesting. He obeys fine as long as he's inside. Outside, he thinks he's the master of his universe.

I've had several new reviews lately, most of which fill me with happiness. I did have one where the reviewer thought I should have done more research since she, a New Yorker, obviously knew more about Texas than I (a native Texan, born and bred) did. Was good for a chuckle or two.

As for opinions, I have many. Most aren't fit for publication since I'm not always politically correct, but the strongest one I have right now has to do with pirates and plagiarists. Look, I worked twelve years to write these books. They are MINE! If you want to sell a book, write your own. If you want to give some away free, WRITE YOUR OWN! I have to pay bills, taxes, insurance, medical bills, buy groceries, and buy a new car solely with the proceeds from my writing. I have no interest in supporting your household as well.

Literary thieves should be subject to prosecution and prison time like any other thief. That's my opinion.

Until next time, I wish you Spring!


Friday, February 03, 2012

New Twitter name

The other author who went by Tori Scott has changed her name, so @ToriScott became available. I'm no longer @ToriScott2. I do follow most people back--unless their profile shows x-rated video as their passion or their tweets are profanity-filled. Come follow!