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01 July 2012 @ 10:36 am
Lovers in Arms - first week summary  
Lovers in Arms has been out for pretty exactly a week now.

Two things were especially remarkable - For one, I never realized that with a 'real' published book, feedback would be so slow and so little - that is, none so far. Of course, that normal. But I wasn't aware how much I had gotten used to LJ's 48 hour rhythm, that no-one rarely comments on anything older than two days. I am still dying to see if the book will get any comments / reviews from strangers, and if they like it or not. But it'll take time. Eventually, I'll understand that.

Second, the initial sales seem to be quite good. I don't have any figures, but 'Lovers in Arms' had its silver star on ARE within the first 48 hours, in this case denoting a top 5 bestselling novel over the last three days in the category. Of course, this can simply mean it was a low sales week on ARE and the one copy we sold was enough to get into the top 5. But by now, 'Lovers in Arms' is in the top 15 bestsellers for the last 30 days, and that, I think, is a bit more reliable. At least, my publisher seemed positively surprised, and she knows significantly more about the business than I. So that's a good sign.

Now the thing that's left to do is wait and see. Wait for the eventual review on Goodreads, hoping that there was a good multiplier / signal booster among the initial buyers. Wait for the book to go up for sale on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Sony, as well.
But at least, I am getting calmer now, writing the stories that had to go on the back burner while I was occupied with the publishing process and the novelty of it all.
Thanks for all of you who stuck with me through this adventure so far!

Edit on 2012-07-03: It's a top ten bestseller now on ARE in its category. Can you believe it?

ForbiddenFiction Publishingforbiddenfics on July 2nd, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes, it's a lot slower process. The word has to get out about the book, then folks have to hear enough to buy it, then take the time to review it. First pro reviews back will help.

It's also why we are spending so much effort on the site build right now. We want the serialization module in place so that we have that energy that posting weekly chapters can bring.
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on July 2nd, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Intellectually, I am well aware of the time it takes to get any kind of feedback on a novel.

Still, that didn't help much emotionally - this IS my first novel, after all, and I was nervously checking my accounts a few times a day to see if anything had changed. :D I am better now, thank you for your patience with your yearling authors.

I am really looking forward to the serialization of the stories, curious to see how this will affect traffic on the site and feedback on the stories.

Edited at 2012-07-02 06:47 am (UTC)
BerthaBlueberthablue on July 2nd, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Yay! I am strangely fascinated with watching your publishing process. No lie. Keep on adventuring!
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on July 2nd, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
Well, considering that you are working on your novel, I don't see anything strange in your fascination. If my spotlights even helps a little to alleviate that 'lost at sea' feeling when you're about to let a story of yours into the wild (as opposed to the relatively tamed environment of LJ), it would be great.

I was writing this mostly to get those thoughts out of my head (writing seems to do that for me) and to have something I could revisit and remind myself how I have been feeling through all of this. All the nicer to know that someone is actually reading this. Thanks, dear!