Happy Hump Day!

Dax and Harlow are “wide” again!

Not wide “wide” but wide as in no longer exclusive to Amazon. They’re now available on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. I still have to upload the book to Google Play so here’s hoping I remember to do that today!

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You can purchase the book here.

I have to be honest, though. If it weren’t for sudden lagging sales, changes in social media algorithms affecting ad reach and ROI, the book would probably have stayed in Kindle Unlimited for as long as it was making money there. But it was also making me lazy when it came to writing the next book because unconsciously, I was relying on the sales from this one.

So now, the pressure is on to finish the third book in the series and then work on the next four new books that are waiting their turn. These four books are shorter than my usual 50k – 70k word novels. They’ll probably be around 30k because it seems that’s the going rate right now with people preferring to read shorter works and more books in a series, especially romance. But we’ll see. My outlines are all set for 50K words but I’ve also noticed that I’ve limited my character’s introspection quite a lot so I’ll shoot for 50k but won’t force it if it doesn’t happen. The important thing is the story.

Just tell the story.

One of the other things I accomplished today was a revamp of my other website. The official one. Liz Durano Books. On a desktop, the images are HUGE but on a mobile device, they’re just right. It’s one thing I’ve certainly noticed while maintaining my ads is that about 80% of the devices where the ads are served are mobile, not desktop. Makes one wonder if the same number of people are reading blogs on their mobile devices, too. I know I do although I write on my laptop attached to two humongous monitors.

What I like about it is that my books get their own “landing page” of sorts like this one. And this one. On a desktop or laptop, the images are huge but on a mobile device, they’re woefully small…

In other news, I was able to have the pirated audiobooks taken down yesterday and I guess it will just be one more thing for me to check on each week. Although in the end, what can you do, really? Pirates are everywhere!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Hump Day!

    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that way at the moment. Other platforms are like spurned lovers. They know I left them for the big guy and so my visibility is zero until I can prove I’m here to stay. I guess it will take a long-term plan, like at least three months to see anything that will match my sales on Amazon, if at all. It’s the elephant in the room and one that 8 out of 10 indie authors have to contend with, whether to go all in or not.

      It’s scary though knowing that it’s going to be a real monopoly unless the other vendors do something. It’s also difficult to find promo opportunities that cater to those retailers compared to Amazon.

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