Tango Girls has been out for a few days now, and today I finally had my first honest-to-goodness sale. I have to admit I was a little nervous waiting. That was in the Smashwords store, which is my preferred venue even though it is relatively obscure as a retail outlet. I haven’t sold any on Amazon’s Kindle Store, even though that was the source of almost half my sales for Folly Beach Love Story.
Looking at this optimistically, it should be noted that the book has yet to be approved by Smashwords (they have had some larger concerns this past week, what with PayPal threatening to cut them off). What this means is that the book is not promoted on Smashwords. More importantly, it is not yet made available to the other big retailers, most notably Apple and Barnes and Noble (the latter had as many sales for me as did Amazon). In the internet age, you have to give people what they want in the format they want from the store they want, so I need to wait until it hits those retailers before I really push hard in marketing. But, I remind you that it is half off if you buy it directly from Smashwords.
Now, there are other projects afoot. In addition to the Haiku Project (which I finally got around to posting updates for today) I am working on a very short collection of poems about the bombing of Dresden in WWII. I have that song that I’ve pledged to write by the end of this month, and I have my regular writing prompt group to curate.
If that’s not enough, next weekend I am going to Gypsy Meltdown for three days of Contra dancing. If you’re going, leave me a comment. Perhaps we can find each other in line.