Archive for April, 2011

Book Sales… I gots them…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So all three of the Wulf books are up on both Amazon and B&N (the links above are to the Amazon pages), and so far my dear and loyal friends have purchased 11 copies. This is, as I note on Facebook, 11 more novels than I’ve ever sold before. If that pace continues, I’ll have almost 4000 sales in a year. Yeah, I know… Fat chance. I’m still endeavoring to do some kind of promotion. I found very few sites that review erotica, and a couple of them haven’t posted in over a year. I sent queries to the only two that seemed appropriate, but one hasn’t actually started publishing reviews yet and the other looks like it only reviews romanctic erotica — you know, the kind with a Chippendale dancer’s naked chest on the cover? I’m really kind of disappointed that with the current explosion of ebooks and indie publishing there isn’t more variety in the book blogs. My research has revealed to me just how huge and extensive the romance market is and how much easier it is to get reviews if you have a woman in a corset or the aforementioned male stripper on the cover. And don’t go telling me about how sexist and exploitive paperback covers are — those damned urban fantasies that inevitably show some woman’s ass in tight leather pants, often with tattooed ass antlers sticking out above the low-riding waistband? Those are primarily bought and read by women. If it’s so bloody offensive, you’d think that all those female readers would rise up and demand a change. But as it is, if it’s got a full moon, a hot chick’s backside or a bodybuilder’s unclothed pectorals on it, it’s considered perfectly good for modern third-wave feminist American women.

Oh, never mind. I’m just glad I’ve gotten this far. Now I need to figure out how to get people to come to this site and how to get them to buy and post reviews of my books…

And oh, yeah, just for the sake of completeness, here are the links to the books at the B&N store again:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Stormking/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305503

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Tales-of-the-Crimson-Sea/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305077

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Demon-Crown-and-Other-Stories/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305084

 

Books on Line

So after a rather frustrating and informative weekend, my three very adult fantasy novels are finally on-line and ready for purchase. Barnes and Noble has them at the following addies:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Stormking/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305503

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Tales-of-the-Crimson-Sea/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305077

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Demon-Crown-and-Other-Stories/Anthony-Pryor/e/2940012305084

Amazon’s a bit slower and only has one of the three books available. I’ll post the site as soon as it’s there and, time permitting, create a sidebar for this page with links to each individual work. I wrote these 10-15 years ago, and I’m actually kind of surprised how smutty they are. Oh, well… Hopefully someone will like them. I’m presently searching for epub blogs that review erotica, since they could best be described as sword and sorcery novels with lots of sex, or sex novels with lots of swords and sorcery — either way I don’t think mainstream fantasy reviewers will go for them, but I’ m sure I’ll find out soon.

When I have more time I’ll give some time to writing about the distinction between porn and erotica and its place in novels. My three more conventional novels await action, and I’m thinking of putting them up as ebooks as well. I will, however, have to buy ISBNs and commission covers for them, so that’s a bit down the line.

We’re off to Norwescon this weekend. I’m hoping to have postcards or bookmarks or something suitable to hand out, even if it’s really basic home-made stuff. One has to start somewhere. If I get good reviews on blogs that might draw people in, but I’m going to try to promote these myself as well. More reports as they occur.

Success of a sort

Okay, so all three of my epic erotic fantasy tales of Wulf the Freelance are ready, or almost ready, for purchase on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. They’re still processing and may take a day or so to show up, and I’ll post links when they do. I’m also going to add a menu to the right where you can click on the titles to buy them. A new and improved Wulf Archives is coming soon which will also have links and probably free copies of the .txt files for people who can’t afford $.99 or $2.99 for new e-book copies :)

I hope that I can provide some speculation and discussion about the state of the publishing industry here once people start to actually show up and comment. I’m getting all sorts of rumblings that traditional publishing is in serious trouble and that the new author really doesn’t have much of a chance as the large ¬†houses are retrenching. A second (or third) hand story I heard is that at least one major publisher says that they’re not even considering work from unpublished authors right now and only want material from established writers with track records. A quicker way for the traditional publishers to shoot themselves in the foot I cannot envision, and it makes the idea of self-publishing even more appealing.

The chorus of folks telling us that traditional is the only way to go seems weaker with each passing day, counteracted by such entries as this one, from indie publishing sensation Joe Konrath –¬†http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/04/are-you-dense.html — in which he attempts (with I think some success) to demolish the usual arguments against self-publishing. Well, we’ll see — I now have three full-length pieces on-line and ready to promote, so I’m curious what the coming months will hold. More discussions of this are forthcoming, along with thoughts on the value of ISBNs, publishing on demand and the like.

In other news I woke up with high blood sugar and feel like hell, but I’ve forced myself to persevere. I yelled at the dog and kicked her out into the yard, which makes me feel guilty, and I missed a labor rally at which my daughter was up on stage with various luminaries, fighting for the rights of working stiffs whose unions are under siege from corporate interests and their goons in the Republican party. Keep fighting the good fight, daughter. We’ve all gotta stick together.