For those of you wanting the next update on Goldfish Dreams [B&N | Amazon], I checked the numbers, and it’s selling 1-2 copies per week. I.e., still not king. So I figured I’d try something else. Review copies of an e-book cost me nothing but the time it takes to send an e-mail, right? If you’re a reviewer and would be interested in a review copy of Goldfish Dreams, (epub or mobi format), please let me know. I figure I’ll start by giving away a dozen or so copies and we’ll see what happens.
In the meantime, the e-book experiment continues! I’ve downloaded a copy of Sigil and have been playing around with creating my own epub files, both by working with the software and by reverse engineering the work Steven Saus did for me converting Goldfish Dreams.
I’ve created and uploaded the sample chapter of The Snow Queen’s Shadow as an epub file here. To those of you with e-book readers who want to check it out, please let me know if you run into any trouble with the file or formatting. I tested it in iBooks on my phone, and it turned out fairly well, but I’d love to hear how it does on other platforms.
Because you see, once I get all of the bugs worked out, I can take the next step in my e-book journey. I was thinking that it might be nice to do a little e-pubbed collection of my goblin-related stories. It would be five short stories, probably priced at either $2.99 or $3.99, called Goblin Tales.
One criticism of my experiment with Goldfish Dreams has been that it’s a mainstream novel, and I haven’t built an audience in that area, so naturally sales aren’t as good. Short fiction collections don’t tend to sell as well as novels, but Jig and company are in many ways the foundation of my career, so I suspect I’ve got more of an audience for goblin stories.
What do you think? Goblin Tales: Best Idea Ever, Utter Waste of Time, or Other?