Today’s News: Amazon sales and more

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I didn’t want to write three separate blogs for today’s happenings, so I went ahead and combined them all into one for today’s update.  First, I’ve purchased the domain reviewswap.com (which is not up yet in any form), and I will begin working on some custom software to allow independent authors the ability to read each others’ books, post reviews to the website, and agree to post the reviews to Amazon, as well.  This won’t just be an automatic 5-star review gathering service – authors will be required to post honest reviews of the work and not just hype it up by using a type of “karma” or “vote” system.  The community will keep people honest by quickly weeding out those who are not there for the right reasons.

Second, I’ve been monitoring Amazon’s sales of The Dying Times, and they continue to impress.  The paperback is still dragging a bit, but the Kindle edition is rocketing up the lists.  It reached as high as #4,000 on Kindle this week, with a low of #8,000.  These numbers go up and down, but the line is rather flat with a slight incline up.  That means that the current efforts are paying off in the marketing and promotion department, but it needs another boost to go up.  Hopefully, the planned January advertising will make it soar to new heights.

Third, I must report that I went to the dentist today because a filling fell out.  Unfortunately, I am one of those people who can’t get numb in any reasonable amount of time after being hit with it.  I told them not to use a numbing agent of any kind because 1) it takes hours for me to get numb, then it stays numb for hours after that (A.K.A. my whole day is shot), and 2) the dentist doesn’t have hours for me to sit around taking up space in the office.  So, I got a filling replaced without any sedative or numbing agent.  The result:  I am here to tell you that someone drilling into your tooth without it being numb is probably the second worst thing to actually being eaten alive by a zombie or cannibal.  But, if I had it to do over again, I would still not get numbed up first.  I just don’t have time to be numb all day long and talk with half of my face.

Anyhow, I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I will be working on promoting The Dying Times, editing the second book, The War of the Dead, writing on the third book, Prisoner and Survivor, and working on the software mentioned above.  Whew, a busy weekend awaits!

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