September 17th, 2014

Macbeth the Usurper

Sidewalks

Back to 1984, the thing that became my best friend of all during college was the humble sidewalk. Made of concrete, which is a highly specialized form of hardened dirt and rocks, concrete kept my feet out of the mud and myself away from cars in the street. Concrete walkways took me everywhere, in every weather, except when they didn't, and then the technologically inferior dirt paths took over.

Like all technology, concrete sidewalks didn't always exist. Flip back to colonial days, and you see dirt streets, or maybe cobblestone, gravel, or seashell. What went on the streets was all a function of what materials were available. Somewhere between there and here, someone got the bright idea of a sidewalk, especially once there were cars running people down, and cities thought them a good idea so put them in. They proved rather successful as the boot scraper, which scraped the mud off your boots, became a thing of yesteryear.

Today, concrete sidewalks perform as excellently as ever. Many have their top layer of cement worn off, leaving a slab of bumpy stones to give your feet traction. Literally billions of trips per day walk across this technology. So the next time you want to see a modern marvle, ignore you iPhone. Look down below your feet. It's the sidewalk that takes you everywhere.
Macbeth the Usurper

Quarterly Update

I haven't posted sales for a while.

I picked up two sales of Macbeth the Usurper in the last few weeks. That would be students reading it. Yay for some small amount of product strategy working for that title. Other than that, the last few months have been mostly flatlined, with a few sales here and there due to advertising. I would estimate my profits at $10. No sales from any venue other than Amazon. I have given away 7 books on Kobo.

Meanwhile, I continue having no reviews or stars. I ran a Goodreads promotion. I picked up no new stars on Goodreads and no new stars anywhere else.

Every title remains unrated by my readers. That indicates a serious problem as my readers are not finishing, or they don't hate the book well enough to rate it badly. Call it the quicksands of mediocrity. I'll never make it into the SFWA at this rate. How am I supposed to rail against book award being rigged and total unfairness if I can't get my books into the running?

[Joke] It's all because I'm a white dude and the system is so totally politically correct now. I mean, look at John Scalzi, right? On the other hand, let's not look in that direction at all. Here, have a cookie. [/joke]

I hope that sales pick up with my next book, due out shortly. No ETA until I get my MS back from my wife/editor. Experience says I should have everything in line by mid-October.