A Sales/Downloads Report for "A Walk in the Park"

As my experiment with self-publishing continues here's my first report of how things are going. Well: during my freebie give-away days on Mother's day and Mother's Monday my story actually got downloaded 131 times - definitely quite a bit more than just friends and family. So that's nice. However the sales side looks a bit more dire. In short, so far the thing doesn't sell. Which was to be expected. I am not spending a huge amount of time or money on promoting my short story. I love it and do believe that with time it will find its readers. I also really love the cover! It captures the mood of the story so nicely and completely, that I fell head over heels in love with it when I first saw it.

I will continue to do some promotion for the story, make use of all of my 5 free days I have via KDP Select and see if more people will download and hopefully read it. For me, this small endeavor has already paid off. Not financially - oh well - but from an experience standpoint. I had never published anything before other than my music CDs, and the process there is somewhat different.

Here are some of the mistakes I made:

1. I didn't realize it takes Amazon about 12 hours to process a newly uploaded book.

2. I didn't check what category my book worked in best, especially considering that the categories on Amazon are not the same for print and kindle books.

3. My links at the end of my e-book were not clickable.

4. The first round of uploads I accidentally entered my editor's name as the author, so that wasn't going to work.

And before that it took me about a day to figure out the conversion of my Scrivener file into a .mobi file exactly how I wanted it to look. My tip for anybody who has never done this: Get the kindle app on your computer, and look at the book there, on your actual kindle AND your smart phone. Different things show up in different devices.

Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes and avoid some while you come up with your own set :)

If you did download "A Walk in the Park" and read it, please swing by Amazon to leave a review. It's much appreciated and extremely helpful.

What were some of your pitfalls the first time around? Please feel free to share below!

"A Walk in the Park" Now Available on Amazon!!!

Yes, it has happened! After a couple of false starts my very first e-book is now available on Amazon.com! Needless to say I am immensely happy about it.

There is so much to learn in this whole e-book self publishing arena, and I am thrilled for every obstacle that I overcome, every new lesson I learn. Oh, the formatting, the cover, the uploading, the blurb!

To celebrate this very first e-book release I am giving A Walk in the Park away for free on Mother's Day and Mother's Monday. Instead of flowers, give the gift of freaky stories! You know it makes sense, don't you?

Make sure to swing by here to pick up your free copy tomorrow.

Below I am posting the first paragraph of each of the 2 short stories contained in this book. Enjoy, spread the love, and, if you like, leave a review on Amazon.

Regarding news for my full-length Urban Fantasy novel Billie Lupescu: Wormhole I am glad to say that I have entered the editing stage. At the moment it clocks in just shy of 300 pages. I am shooting for a release on that one latest by the end of the summer, so stay tuned for updates.

A Walk in the Park

The creature came out of nowhere. I was taking a late night stroll through Central Park. Once again sleep eluded me, and my restless spirit would not abide a full night indoors. The moon had just set. The only light in the park came from a handful of feeble street lamps and the stars high up in the sky. It was a warm night, without a breeze to ease the humidity that was already blanketing the city, the oppressive herald of a full-fledged summer.

Without warning the dead leaves on the side of the pathway erupted in a mini tornado. 

I stopped. I stared. 
Saw nothing but the usual side-of-the-road bouquet of trash, dirt, and sticks. My imagination was getting the better of me— again. I chalked what I had seen up to my massive lack of sleep in recent days and pressed on. 
“Please do not be afraid of me."

Bonus Story:
One Memory

The only memory I have left is that of my wife convulsing on the kitchen floor, the blood from her slit throat staining the linoleum, the serrated knife clattering from my bloodied hands. The rest of my history is a tingling echo, like an amputated limb that shudders you awake at night with its phantom pain. Apart from that I am a clean slate. I exist in the moment only, with no future on the horizon, and the worst thing I have ever done, planted into my brain to keep me company.

© 2013 Elisabeth Lohninger. All Rights Reserved.

Cover Art for "A Walk in the Park" - a short story

As my mad scientist experiment with self publishing and writing continues, I have decided to release two short stories bundled together on Kindle Direct Publishing. Decision made, I set out to transfer my stories via Scrivener into the adequate mobi format (native to Kindle) and get a cover made.

I'm thrilled to announce that the cover art is done, thanks to the fabulous Laurie Hardjowirogo. The story will be released early next week (I apologize for my vagueness but this is all new to me, and I'm basically going with the flow on this one). I will, of course, announce, once the short story is live on Amazon.

Below is the description for the two stories, as it will appear on the Amazon page:

A Walk in the Park is a collection of two fantasy/magic realism/science fiction stories. The title story is set in New York City. Adriana, a sleep deprived woman with a serious case of writer’s block is roaming Central Park at night when she has a surreal encounter with a magnificent creature from another universe.

The bonus story, One Memory, is set on a tropical island that serves as a virtual prison. X, incarcerated for the murder of his wife, is sick of living with a blank mind and only the other inmates for company. As he tries to escape the island, his resolve is tested to the extreme.

These two inspiring and unsettling tales have a combined length of 5200 words, or about 21 book pages. 

Cover Credits: ©iStockphoto.com/Koryaba
Cover design by Laurie Hardjowirogo