My poor book

The publishing world can be a mystery at times. Let’s say you write something that you’re rather proud of. You submit it to a publishing company, and they like it enough to purchase and print it. It makes its way out into the world, and garners good reviews.

But the sales suck. So you purchase the same promotion that you did with your other books, the ones that sold well. You talk it up on social media, you do the round of blog tours, you do everything you can to get people to buy your new baby.

And still, the sales suck. And you just don’t know why. So you plump for the graphics, .MOV files and soundtrack necessary to make a nice, eye-catching book trailer, and put that up pretty much everywhere in the universe.

And still, the sales suck. Since you’re a pro and know when to cut your losses and move on to the next project, you’re left with checking the book’s stats on NovelRank every so often, seeing the sales number remain at 0 for months on end and wondering what you did wrong.

This, by the way, is what happened with my Romance on the Go™ story Grading the Curve. I had rather high hopes for this story, seeing as it was my first M/F contemporary erotic romance and the subject matter was near and dear to my heart. So you can understand why I was more than a bit perturbed when it sank like a lead-lined stone. I don’t know if it’s because people are used to me writing M/M paranormal romance and didn’t want to read a contemporary M/F story by me, or something about the cover didn’t work, or what. I don’t think the story’s bad at all — it’s a little dense, yeah (I really should have expanded it to 15-20K), but the pro reviewers all seemed to enjoy it and it’s gotten good notices on Goodreads. In fact, Grading the Curve’s GR rating is a hell of a lot better than Trickster’s, and Lord knows that book is doing extremely well.

To quote Geoffrey Rush in Shakespeare in Love, “I don’t know — it’s a mystery.” But I still feel bad for my poor bald-headed stepchild of a book. If you ever want to see how I handle a hetero erotic romance, I do ask that you give it a try.

About Nicola Cameron

Nicola Cameron has had some interesting adventures in her life -- ask her sometime about dressing up as Tietania, Queen of the Bondage Fairies. When not writing, she wrangles cats, makes dolls of dubious and questionable identity, and thanks almighty Cthulhu that she doesn’t have to work for a major telecommunications company any more (because there’s BDSM, and then there’s just plain torture...).

Posted on February 19, 2014, in Evernight Publishing, Grading the Curve, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I have no idea how to handle the problem, but perhaps it’s the market you face. With your m/m books, you already have your followers who happily grab your books. Now you have m/f. Your m/m readers don’t take it because it’s not to their taste, and m/f readers don’t really know you yet as an m/f writer. So maybe there’s only one solution. Write more m/f books and people will know you more in that genre. I don’t know this for sure but if it works in the end, it’ll be worth trying. 🙂

  2. I think sometimes you just get a book that bombs for no apparent reason.I have one that sunk like a stone. Funnily enough it’s one of my favourites. *shrugs*

  3. I have one like that too…did everything you did, more than I’d done for any of my books and nada. I can’t even blame mine on a new audience. Best excuse I’ve been able to come up with it was too weird–a mishmash of historical western and urban fantasy–and the cover was an ugly color. The PR people couldn’t even temp bloggers to sign up for the tour and I barely had anyone enter for the free book–those were early clues 1 and 2. I’ve just moved on too. Still wrinkled my confidence though.

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