The first quarter of Tulpa’s first year in business is over. I am not raking in the dough, burning up the charts, making a killing, or even a strong showing. What I have done is get ten chapbooks, four novels, and one collection back into print, digitally speaking. I am now working on getting the novels and collection back into actual print.
I told myself at the beginning to manage my expectations, and for the most part I have. I’d like to see more pages read on my Kindle Unlimited titles (the digital chapbooks), or more sales for the other titles, but I’m still learning the business. I still need to learn how to write better book descriptions and perfect my keywords and categories. I might even have to replace a cover or two, even though I happen to love the ones I have. I need to fine-tune my meta-data, and probably a dozen other things I don’t even know yet. Advice from other literary do-it-yourselfers is welcome.
My plan for this next quarter is to turn Tulpa’s four digital novels and one digital collection into paperbacks, fine-tune the meta-data, and learn how successful indie authors sell a lot of books. One of these days I have to be able to justify my Tulpa Books expenses to my better half.
So, a few things I’m changing here at Brian-Knight.com …
The Free Stuff page is going away April 13th. The five free digital chapbooks are going to Amazon. The main purpose of the Free Stuff page was to attract readers to my Knightmares newsletter, and to reward them with free stuff. I pimped the hell out of the Free Stuff page, but it wasn’t much of a draw, and the download numbers did not inspire me to leave it up.
Knightmares subscribers will continue to get free fiction in the form of flash fiction or very short shorts included in the newsletter emails. I will also continue to offer free digital copies to interested readers in exchange for honest reviews.
I have two new novels going on sale May 1st at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, etc. Both are reissues of old novels, one my personal favorite.
You can preorder them now through my Digital page.
Before I go I want to thank Lisa Lee Tone and H Casper for everything they’ve done for me over the past several months. I could not have done this without them.
I look forward to the Second Quarter. I hope you’ll be a part of it.