Author’s Log: Super-Recalibratin’-Expialidocious (#amwriting, #ROW80)

Discovering you need two more chapters in the midst of edits is really quite atrocious.

Just sayin’. X-P

In the end, it’s really no big deal. Reliance 1 will be out a week or so later than scheduled, but it will be a better book for it. I’m almost done!

In order for me to catch up on my production schedule (Thank you, Hamilton, for ruining my life in the best possible way), I’m going to need to crank out approximately 1,429 words per day, every day, for the next 9 weeks. So not too bad. My lunch hours will be occupied for awhile, anyway.

With that in mind, today I begin drafting Keepers 5. I’m having a wee bit of trouble trying to come up with cover art, but I have plenty of time to figure that out. The trick is to not become distracted by all the pretty pictures. o.O

I can, however, get a landing page with cover copy out. In addition, I’m working on getting the entire Blood & Steam series widely distributed with updated CTAs (Calls To Action), since I’ve pretty much utilized Kindle Select as much as possible. Waking Muse will also be getting the updated treatment.

Ad stacking on BRIGHID’S LOST worked well. Here’s how it went:

5 days FREE on Kindle Select

Day 1: 78 downloads
Day 2: 383 downloads
Day 3: 2,678 downloads
Day 4: 659 downloads
Day 5: 211 downloads

I schedule Ask David on Day 1, BK Knights on Day 2, and Free Booksy (the biggest spike) on Day 3. The idea was to make the Amazon algorithms see a steadily increasing spike, so I scheduled the ads in order of list size/efficacy. I left the last two days ad free because what inevitable happens is the first day’s ad downloads bleed over into the next day. So I built up a big, three day head and then let the tail drain out across the remaining days.

The end result is the BRIGHID’S LOST ended up at 125 in overall free Kindle books, #1 in Sci-Fi/Fantasy short reads, and #2 in Sci-Fi Romance. AND my first review as 5 Stars! YAY! 😀

I underpinned the whole thing with a Facebook Ad. I made the silly mistake of boosting my free day announcement post instead of just adding the announcement to the landing page, but traffic is traffic, right? Now I know.

Currently I have a Facebook Ad running for my Speculative Ink newsletter for the month of May, so we’ll see how that works out.

For the launch of Reliance 1 I’m going to try ad stacking again, only for paid sales.

But, of course, I have to FINISH the danged book first. Onward!


1. Complete and Release Reliance 1: So…close…

2. Complete and Release Keepers 5: Engaging Draft Mode!

3. Complete and Release Sweet Home 2: Pre-Production begins! I’ve got a Go-Draft date scheduled for May 22.



4 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Super-Recalibratin’-Expialidocious (#amwriting, #ROW80)

  1. Erin Zarro says:

    Congrats on making multiple lists! Whoohoo! That is so awesome.:)

    Sounds like you have a good plan. I may try ad stacking — I have heard good things about it, and clearly it worked for you!

  2. Amelia E. Browne says:

    Good luck with finishing off Reliance. I know all to well that feeling when you think you’re almost done and you realise you do need to add a chapter or two. I’m sure the hard work will pay off though, and you’ll have an even more awesome product at the end of it all 🙂

  3. tmycann says:

    It’s always better to find out *before* you release a book that something needs to be recalibrated, so I say your discovery is a win, too. 🙂
    Good luck with meeting the rest of your goals. 🙂

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