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My recent book, Leaves of Fall, had a good release. I had a bunch of tweets, all the bloggers who signed up to help posted, I got great reviews, and my giveaway had a lot of entires. The support was awesome. The only real bummer was sales of the actual book really sucked. Pre-orders sucked pretty well, too. It left me feeling conflicted. On one hand, I was happy with the release, but on the other, more sales would have been nice and I felt hurt that more family and friends wouldn't shell out 99cents for my book.
People are willing to rain down support when there's no money involved, but as soon as that price tag pops up, crickets chirp. And I get it. This post isn't really me complaining, "Why won't people buy my books???? Woe is me!" I know because I am the same. I've seen something I want, looked at the price and said, "NOPE!"
We all wish we had enough cash to spend it whatever or on whoever we want. But we don't. And understanding this and knowing I do it as well really helped with dealing with lack luster sales. It's nothing personal, not a slight against me or my writing. It's just life. Like bad reviews, crappy sales happen. Realizing and accepting that, honestly, makes me feel better.
What are your thoughts on this? Am I on to something? Got a different opinion?
Every Friday is Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain and L.G. Keltner.
The rules are blog about something good in your life. It can be something little or something big, but the goal is to find the positive in life and celebrate it. Then hop around the linky list on Lexa's blog and see what others are celebrating.
This week I am celebrating finalizing some book covers. Wednesday, I put up a post here and on Twitter and FB asking people which cover would get them to pick up the book because I couldn't decide between two covers for Deep Curse. At times it was close, but eventually, a winner emerged. I also found a cover I liked for my zombie story I posted on Patreon as well as figuring out a title that fit it. I had been calling it How to Train A Zombie and Save the World. Which was what the story was about, but it implied comedy and the story was not that.
I'm also celebrating having a title for the one demon story I've been working on: Incantation. I'm also considering axing the demon element and having the main character be a different creature. I need to muse on it some more and see if the idea I have will work with the plot I have.
What are you celebrating this week? Did you vote in my cover wars? Did the cover you like win?
The other day, instead of writing, I goofed off over on Self Pub Book Covers. It's where I got the first cover for Mistakes of the Past. You can find pre-made covers at a variety of prices. I found two that really perked my interest for my mermaid story, Deep Curse. Only now, I can't decide which one I like. I asked hubby, my besties, and my Patreon. I got four responses. Two for one cover and two for the other. Which is no help at all!
Now, I'm turning to you. Out of the two covers, based on solely the cover and title, which one would you pick up?
Ignore the guide lines. I haven't bought either cover yet (obviously) and just took a screen shot.
PS: If this poll ends up split, I might scream. LOL!
Edited to add: Good news, the poll wasn't split since I also asked on FB and Twitter. The left one won. I'm going to close down comments now.
Before I start, can I do some shameless shilling of my Patreon? Only a buck a month will get you access to exclusive flash fiction and sneak peeks (like today's post) at possible covers for upcoming stories. *puppy dog eyes*
Back in February, I got an email from someone from Express VPN asking if I'd like to try out their Chrome extension and write a review. I've been hearing people talk about VPNs a lot and how they can be useful so I figured why not? Now, it's four months later and I'm finally getting around to writing how it went for me.
Short story: Kinda-sorta.
Long story: I followed the links they sent and got it installed on my computer. Which was weird given they wanted me to try the Chrome extension. I figured the link they gave me would be to the Chrome extension, but that's not what downloaded. In fact, I never found the Chrome extension. Me being me, I just rolled with it.
It was easy to install and use. On basic browsing, I didn't notice any slowdown. The problem came when I went to do my surveys. In my March #IWSG post, I talked about things I do to make some extra cash since I don't have a job due to my back refusing to tell me what the hell is wrong with it. Surveys wouldn't work. They wouldn't load. I'd just get kicked back to the survey site's main page.
At first, I was baffled, but then I figured out it was the VPN. I turned it off and tried a survey and no problem. Turned it back on and I couldn't do the surveys. I'm fine with turning things on and off. I do it for Survey Savvy's app on my phone, but the money is flowing in a different way. I get paid to deal with that hassle. Express VPN I would be the one paying to deal with having to turn it on and off if I wanted to do surveys. If I'm going to shell out money for a VPN, then I shouldn't have to turn it off to do anything. Why the survey sites don't run on the VPN I haven't a clue. There was too much going on at the time for me and I didn't think about bringing the issue up. Maybe it's something that can be fixed.
In the end, I shut off the VPN and never turned it back on. I kept forgetting about it. Then the free trial ended and they started bugging me to subscribe and pay. At that point, I think I unsubscribed from their emails. I can't recall, but I haven't gotten any since.
If you do basic browsing and stuff on the internet and want a VPN, I say go for it. Between browsing Twitter and Google, watching Youtube, I didn't see any slow down. The issue only was the surveys not working and since that is one way I make some extra cash for myself that made Express VPN pointless to use because I shouldn't have to turn it on and off. You can check out Express VPN. I believe they have a free month's trial, so you can test it and see if it works better for you than it did me.
Disclosure: They offered me one year free for writing this review, but I don't think that's going to happen even if I wanted to use it since this review is, like, four months late. I felt I had to write something at least, though because I said I would.
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