I got my sales in for this past month and well, it sort of knocked the legs out from under me. I had a super month before that, but October was, well, pathetic for lack of a better word.
It hasn't been for lack of trying- I've certainly put myself out there on the blog circuit, purchased some advertising, had a few friends who have massive readerships on their blogs/journals talk it up. And the reviews have been very good- what few there have been.
I guess that's sort of the hook. The first month or so and I pulled in maybe five or six good to excellent reviews- then nothing. I can speculate on why, but that's all it is on my part- speculation. Sadly, if you aren't being reviewed, readers are less likely to find you. I
try not to worry too much about this, but yesterday it sort of clotheslined me. And it got me caught up in a lot of self doubt and tied up in knots. I'm sure if I'm not making money, my publisher isn't going to be jumping up and down in anticipation for anything else I offer. I'm nothing if not realisitc. With VN2 in the home stretch and two more novels from my Lost and Found series in the wings, I can't help but get depressed over this. Try as I might, I can't help it.
I'm going to continue to work on getting Lost and Found out there. I'll buy some ad space at Romance Junkies. And I've started to email GLBT bookstores all over the country to see if anyone would be willing to take bookmarks/book cover cards to stuff in customer bags or put in view on their counters. Other than that, I'm not sure what else to do.