From “Sleep Hygiene” by Dr. Tony Eldridge
I almost wrote “let-me-down freeloaders.”
Is it too much to ask or nudge people I’ve known to have downloaded my e-book “Ready or Not” to at least rate it?
I am new at this, obviously, so perhaps I ask a naive question. I am fairly certain that most haven’t even gotten around to reading it yet, let alone finishing it. (And how can that be urged? I think it is impossible without loss of tact.) We writers wish anyone with our work is breaking his or her neck to read and savor our material–hardly a truth.
Here and there at work I’ve mentioned this to those who acknowledged taking advantage of the free download (lightly but sincerely). Yet naught happens.
Do I post to my Facebook page and reiterate what must be obvious? Perhaps I am too polite.
Or perhaps a more ominous question needs to be addressed: is the book actually not very good?
On the e-publishing of Ready or Not.
Sales: The illustration summarizes them. Downloads: 9 sales, 105 downloads (free promotion).
Reviews: Three wonderful ones here.
Lesson: Don’t depend on give-aways promoted to relatives, friends, and co-workers to garner much in the way of on-line interest. For that matter, don’t expect the same to be in any hurry to actually read the book! I have confirmation of only three people who have done so. (Thanks, reviewers!)
Action: Begin to market the book to agents who accept digital portions. Thanks to leads provided by author Wendy L. Callahan, I have a plentiful list of above-board agents available at AAR, or The Association of Authors’ Representatives. The process is begun.
Where Have All the Morals Gone?
I wrote to Dusty Crabtree, this author, that in some ways I attacked her same themes in “Ready or Not,” albeit for adults. My point is to “look-back-and-wince” at the changing morality already beginning in 1985 Iowa; worse, since all this occurs in the “Heartland” of decades now past, how much worse must our youth be facing today?
I added that “I sometimes wonder if I didn’t make a colossal mistake in structuring my piece as I did, for YA books are at such a rage.”