Today I uploaded Making A Killing, the second in the Romney and Marsh Files, to both Smashwords and Amazon. And I’m glad to see that back of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love this book. I think it’s better than the first. But this last week I’ve read it twice, tinkered, adjusted, edited, fiddled and altered; I’ve got cross, tired and frustrated. I’ve even started dreaming about it. But I’m happy with it. I think it’s as good as I can make it so it was time to let it go.
My goal was to get it on the www for Christmas. I have this notion that millions of people are going to get e-book readers for Christmas and the first thing that they’re going to do on Boxing day is go to Smashwords outlets and Amazon and look for books to download for free. I would.
I have said for a while now that at this stage in my writing career all I’m looking for from my books is some feedback from people who’ve downloaded them. I’ve had a total of over two hundred downloads so far and one review. Yes. One review. And that was from a friend. That is disappointing. Of course, just because people are downloading it doesn’t mean that they are reading. Patience.
So, what to do now? Well, my hard-copy of Joint Enterprise is staring at me. I’ve got to go through it all again with this new title, the third Romney and Marsh. And after that I have two longer books in my other series to sort out and get on the web before I can start writing again. That’s the task that I’ve set myself. And when they’re all on the www I have to get into self-promotion in a serious way. Oh, and in between times I’ve got to sort out my entries for the Debut Dagger CWA annual competition. Busy, busy, busy.
Making A Killing – The Second Romney and Marsh File