Monday, November 11, 2013

Amazon Rankings, Ebook Release and Best. Con. Ever.

First of all, the ebook for Things Slip Through debuted this Saturday. I know nothing about sales ranks on Amazon or how reliable they are or how quickly they change, but I was delighted and amazed to see this from my publisher sometime yesterday morning:
Kevin Lucia's Things Slip Through reaches #28 on the Amazon top horror short stories list. Right next to Neil Gaiman. Congrats, Kevin! And #2 on the Hot New Releases list. :-)
Now, I have no idea what that means, really, or how many ecopies have sold. And actually, when I tried to search the rankings myself an hour afterward, I came up with nothing. So maybe it's one of those things that lasted that way until everyone woke up and started buying ebooks of more important people than I. Who knows?

Either way - it's really cool. And no, I won't start posting every single day about what Amazon ranking I am - not unless it's something really awesome. But still, it was heartening to see, just for a moment, that my book may have flashed before the eyes of lots of people.

Second, when I get home from AnthoCon and get my feet under me, I'll be putting together a viral social media contest that will give away free stuff. Here's the thing, though: my intent is NOT to spam folks in my social media feeds. The idea is to reach out through lots of OTHER folks' feeds, and even though we probably share friends, they probably have friends who DON'T know me. So the goal is to connect with them. You guys already know who I am. So I'm not going to shove stuff down your throat.

Third - I'm sitting down in the hotel lobby writing this blog because I couldn't sleep in any longer, thinking how AnthoCon 2013 may have been the most satisfying Con I've ever attended, both on a personal and professional level.

Myself with Gard Goldsmith and Tracy Carbone
The readings I organized went off well, with a few small road-bumps. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them and they seemed well-attended. I got to see a LOT of good friends and colleagues, too many to name here. It's so awesome to see folks spreading their wings, taking off and making  ground in the genre, and I also hope I encouraged one writer in particular to keep up the good fight (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!). It was especially awesome to see a collection of Borderlands Press Bootcamp Graduates, which is a blog for another time, honestly. 

I also met some new folks, expanded online friendships into real friendships, which I think makes Real Time Cons even MORE important today in this day of immersive social media (but that's ALSO another blog for another time).

Also - having my family with me raised my AnthoCon experience to perfection. It was so fulfilling to leave the Con Saturday and Sunday to go do family stuff, sight-see, eat out, etc. The coup de grace was hitting the After Con dinner last night with the kids, mixing my writing life with my family life, and it came off nicely. Honestly, if we could afford it, I'd attend every Con with my family, because there was something so cathartic and restful in blowing out of the Con for an hour or so with Abby and the kids yesterday. A big THANK YOU to Abby for entertaining the kids during the day while I did my thing.

Lastly - this, by far, turned out to be my most satisfying Con ever, professionally speaking. I experienced a totally unexpected run yesterday and came five books away from selling out entirely. And no, it's not about the money, it really isn't. 

But being on the tight budget we are, it is SO satisfying to have very likely come out on the plus side, or the very least to have broken even. It makes me feel that my writing is NOT just a hobby, it's something I've become proficient at, something that can help the family budget.

Also, several folks I didn't know or only just met bought copies of Things Slip Through. Or, folks picked up the book, asked if it was on Kindle,  then pulled out their Smart Phones and bought the ebook on the spot.

And that was so very heartening, it really was; folks picking up my book, reading the back cover and deciding it was worth a shot. That meant SO much to me. Especially the fellow who read the back cover, said, "Sounds like a Charles Grant novel" and then bought it. Considering my love for Charles Grant's work, that was worth TEN book sales, almost.

Also, the AnthoCon crew - Mark Wholley, Tim Deal, Johnny Morse and Danny Evarts - once again put on an amazing Con. AnthCon is rapidly becoming a very unique, different convention without sacrificing any of its professionalism while being a welcoming place for new faces. If you're in the Northeast, or if you like to travel, AnthCon is a must-attend on the Convention tour.

And now it's over. But instead of that usual "Con Let-Down" I feel super-charged, ready to dive  back into the writing headfirst tomorrow morning. And THAT's why Cons are more important than ever, ESPECIALLY in this new digital, social media age, but we'll blog more about that and "the community of genre fiction" later this week.