“You Know Authors: Bunch of Bitchy Little Girls”
Area 51 Nightstalkers was published yesterday, and it’s already doing quite well. Of course, being an author, publication is always fraught with peril. What if the truck carrying the books gets hit by a train also carrying the books and they slam into the warehouse holding the books? Except the vast majority of my sales are electronic, so then one thinks about solar flares wiping out the electronic grid, or a high altitude nuclear blast with EMP. Both of which are covered in The Green Beret Survival Guide to the Apocalypse, Zombies & More, which will be published with the next week. Promise. Except it’s about survival, not saving your eBook.
I digress, as I often do. The book is in the top 20 in science fiction on Amazon, which is good because that puts it on the first page for anyone searching in that genre. It’s also a “mover and shaker” going from no ranking, to top 2,000, to top 1,000, to, hmm, not that I’m checking, but let’s face it, we all check: 281 paid right now.
So I’d sent a whiny email to my editor at Amazon the night before last. To give credit, his response was level-headed: we’re in it for the long haul, etc. etc. Which is true. eBooks are such a different business model than print, where you have to make the splash out of the gate. Actually I got an email from 47North explaining all the things that were being done, etc. etc. Which is, honestly, more than I got in 20 years of traditional publishing. I mean the response.
So I said please bear with me: I like the line from the opening credits of Burn Notice where Sam Axe says to Michael: “You knows spies, bunch of bitchy little girls.”
And please don’t get upset about the gender reference. After all, his girlfriend is “Trigger happy”. And ex.
Authors are like that sometime. We whine and bitch because every publication is a gamble. And I don’t gamble. Never, ever. When I make a bet it’s because I control the outcome. My first company commander in the First Cav Division made a bet with me that I couldn’t do the 12 mile EIB ruck march (uniform, boots, ruck with I forget how many pounds, weapons, tweety-bird, etc) in under two hours (the standard is three for qualification). I did it in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 23 seconds.
I won an Irish six pack: a four pack of Harp beer. Wait, I’m supposed to be blogging about the Nightstalker team according to the rigorous schedule Jen Talty set up for me, but what the hey. Want to know more about the team, check out this slideshare (better yet, but the book, eh?)
Also, here are a bunch of blog posts specifically tailored for the book.
CONTEST: I’ll be doing a drawing daily here and on Facebook for the next 6 days. All you have to do is answer a question each day. Today’s giveaway is…An ARC of Area 51 Nightstalkers!
An audio download of Area 51, the first book in the series from Audible (corrected by slave driver Jen).
I think. If I’m wrong about the prize, Jen will come in and correct it. But it’s something cool. Maybe an audio download of Area 51, the first book in the series, from Audible. Actually, I think that’s it for today. We’ve already picked the winner from yesterday, but I lost the email Jen sent me with the info.
The WINNER of yesterday’s contest is….drum roll please…Fred Bloom. He posted on Facebook. Fred, I’m putting that up on Facebook now. You can contact me at jentalty @ coolgus dot com and I will make sure Bob ships that book right off…
TODAY’S QUESTION: Based on the character descriptions in the slideshare, which of the team would you most like to meet and why? See, I’m driving you to at least look at the slideshare.
Nothing but good time ahead!