Monthly Archives: September 2009

  •    MCM’s 1st month postmortem of The Vector:

    The thing that gave me the biggest boost was io9.com’s article about The Vector.  That brought in thousands of people, and based on my stats, about 5,000 or so of them stuck around.  What’s more, the readership has been increasing at a good clip, so I now have just shy of 7,200 readers.  This is still lower than Fission Chips, but again, there’s no interactivity to this, and it’s a much denser bit of prose to get into.

    As for purchases, I have managed to convert a grand total of 931 people to my cause in the month the book has been serializing.  That ends up being $4,236.05 in profits in a little over 30 days.  I’ve also sold a few copies on the Kindle store, but I don’t have stats for that just yet, so I won’t count it in my totals.

    I’m currently up-to-date with The Vector, and let me tell you: I’m sorely tempted to pay that $5 for the whole story. MCM’s Serial+ model is is a model that works. #
  •    Writer Joe Konrath on his ‘great ebook experiment’:

    I love going to movies and seeing coming attractions. It gives me a taste of films that I might be interested in seeing. Sometimes a preview announces a film I didn’t know about. Sometimes it gives me a glimpse of something I already knew about, and gets me excited about seeing it.

    As a form of advertising, previews work. They aren’t intrusive, like commercials. You pay to see a movie, and previews are a sort of bonus feature. They offer content.

    People like content. They like information and entertainment. They seek it out.

    Books have their own kind of preview. At the end of each of my paperbacks, there is a sample chapter of one of my upcoming books. I think this is a no-brainer. The best advertising for your writing is: your writing.

    He’s willing to have people put their previews at the back of his books – for a fee, of course. #

On Novelr’s Downtime (And One Other Thing)

You might’ve noticed that Novelr was down for the tail-end of August. For a period of roughly two weeks, Stumbleupon sent 1000-2000 visitors a day to the site, and it wasn’t too long before the flood took up all of Novelr’s bandwidth. I’m really sorry about that, and I’ll look to see if there’s anything I can do to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

One other thing: a sprightly discussion has sprung up around my proposal for an online fiction format, and I’d like to say that there are quite a number of suggestions in the comments thread that I’ve never considered before. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, or if one such platform will ever come to light. But if you’ve got a suggestion, as a reader or a writer of online fiction – post it in the comments thread, and let the community hash it out. Our eyeballs will thank you for it.