Monday, April 22, 2013

Blood Moon and e publishing, again

The full moon is calling, the fever is high...

Yes, finally, the sequel to my bestselling Amazon thriller Huntress Moon is ready to hit your e readers this week.


Blood Moon

--  Book II of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers --

Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.

The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI  for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.

But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks - and wants - may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.


Cover by Brandi Doane

My live date is April 25, which is a full moon, the Wind Moon.  And anyone who has read Huntress Moon will understand why I would want to do that!


Blood Moon is officially on sale now, but I'm giving away 50 copies right now for potential reviews (Amazon reviews are what I need the most, but am glad for any, anywhere!).  You DO NOT have to review the book - I just ask that you be open to posting a short review if you are inspired to do so.

e mail me at  AXSokoloff AT aol DOT com for a copy in whatever format. 

And of course, the launch of the book means I'm going to be doing some posts about e publishing.


Last July, after I'd finished Huntress Moon, I made the decision not to pursue a traditional publishing deal for it.  Instead I published it directly to Amazon and chronicled my promotional giveaway experience here on this blog, for everyone who had been asking me to talk about e publishing.  (Links to those posts at the bottom of this blog.)

And I'm setting out again to chronicle my release of Blood Moon here, so there's some definitive version and so I can keep track myself of everything I've done, for next time.

The e publishing scene continues to be just as turbulent as the traditional publishing scene. I was at Left Coast Crime last month, and at the L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday, and it continues to surprise me that so many authors I know, both traditionally published and aspiring,  are still wary of e publishing, despite the success of authors like Blake Crouch, Brett Battles, Rob Gregory Browne, CJ Lyons, Elle Lothlorien, Zoe Sharp, Ann Voss Peterson, JD Rhoades, Scott Nicholson, Diane Chamberlain, Sarah Shaber and of course Joe Konrath, whose Newbie's Guide to Publishing is a must-read, as are his thrillers.





Personally I could not be more happy with my own decision to e publish Huntress Moon The book hit the top of all Amazon's Mystery, Thriller and Police Procedural lists, made me twice any traditional advance I'd ever gotten in just two months of publication, and continues to sell steadily. It was on Suspense Magazine's list of Best Books of 2012.

I am also thrilled to announce that the book was just nominated for the International Thriller Writers' Thriller Award, in the brand-new category of Best E Book Original Novel.



Cover by BHB  (i.e. the fabulous Robert Gregory Browne!)



Money, recognition, thousands of new readers... yeah, I'd say I made the right move.

Of course, the landscape has changed again, as it does pretty much week by week. I don't know if the things I did to promote Huntress will work as well with Blood Moon.  Stay tuned to find out!  But a launch is just a launch... while hitting big is the goal, I also know I have so many new readers from Huntress Moon I'm sure that Blood Moon will find the audience it needs to find.  (And meanwhile, I'm on to Book 3...)

Now that I have several of my traditionally published backlist titles up as e books and the sales numbers continue to coming in, it's clear to me that e publishing continues to be the right choice for me.

How do I know this?  Well, one of the amazing things about e publishing, for those of us who are used to the cryptic and essentially useless sales reports that we get quarterly - maybe - from our traditional publishers - is that now we can see exactly how many copies of each book we're selling and exactly how much money we're making per month.  This is a vastly easier way to ensure that you're making a real living, and it takes huge amounts of anxiety out of the process.  Plus you get paid every month, instead of when your publisher gets around to it, which is a vastly easier way to keep up with the bills, if you see what I'm saying.

E publishing has made making a practical living a much more realistic proposition for authors who are not (yet) bestsellers in traditional publishing. I don't know how long that will realistically last, whether it will get better or worse, but by now, for now, it's unignorable.


But based on the numbers I've compiled with my other books,  I will sell thousands, and very quickly.

I have also become addicted to the speed of release that's possible with e publishing.

If I went through traditional channels, Blood Moon wouldn't even hit the shelves until - best case scenario - a year and a half from now.  How can I possibly think of giving up the tens of thousands of readers I will be able to reach with this book starting NOW?

I want the book out, and I want to be on to Book 3.  I'm already on to Book 3.  I want to be able to release it by the end of this year. Thanks to e publishing, that's all completely possible.

I'll keep you posted on everything. But in the meantime, if you can't wait to read Blood Moon,  e mail me at  AXSokoloff AT aol DOT com.

Have a great week!

Alex

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Related marketing posts:

The Madness of Marketing
Letting it Ride (Kindle Select promotion)
Bestseller lists and Tag lists
Liking, Sharing and Tagging 
My e publishing decision 
To Nook or Not to Nook? 
Giving it Away (Kindle Select promotion)

3 comments:

Ellen said...

Oh yes yes yes to Blood Moon this week and yes please to Book 3 out by the end of the year! We are lucky little readers!

Congratulations!

And a big thanks for the very useful wisdom on e-publishing.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Thanks, Ellen, for EVERYTHING!

Yes, Book 3. Working on it...

Susan said...

Congratulations, Alexandra, and thanks for this post. I'll be following very closely :) Your journey is amazing. I wish I could review BLOOD MOON for you, but I can't read thrillers - can't sleep when I do. Off to buy KEEPER OF THE SHADOWS. Will definitely post a review when I'm done :)