Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Awards", 7 Things About Me, and Month 2 Sales Figures

I've got a lot to say tonight, but none were worthy of their own separate post. ;)

"AWARDS!"

I received two blogger awards (buttons) today from the lovely Jessica Therrien. Be sure to swing by her blog and show her some love. She's taking part in Rachel Harrie's Platform-Building Campaign. If you didn't already see my flash fiction piece, it was written for the Campaign.

The first of the two awards I received is the dreaded...I mean...the lovable Liebster Blog Award. This blog award goes to awesome writing bloggers with fewer 200 followers (it's NOT a sign of failure...really).


As a recipient, I now get to spread the loveable Liebster to a few of my commendable colleagues. Therefore, I bequeath the Liebster award to the following 5:

1. S.B. Jones

2. Marina Scott

3. Jacques Antoine

4. J.R. Tomlin

5. Brent Nichols

Be sure you swing by and show them some like/follow love.

Awardees, don't forget to:

1. Show your appreciation to the blogger who gave you the award (that's me) by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the camaraderie of the most supportive people on the internet—other writers.
5. And best of all—have blog­gity fun and spread the love.


The second is the "Versatile Blogger" award!


I am passing along this award to the following 10 cool writerly bloggers (in no particular order):

1. Tiffany Lovering

2. Sarah Wedgbrow

3. Jocelyn Rish

4. Kristan Hoffman

5. Alyssa Rose Ivy

6. David M. Brown

7. Jen Kirchner

8. Ty Johnston

9. Cheney Giordano

10. Katie Dodge

Awardees, don't forget to:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award (that's me again) and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself (see mine below).
3. Pass this Award along to 10 recently discovered or favorite blogs and let them know about it.

7 Things About Me

1. My pseudonym, Andy Rane, is a combination of my middle name (Andrew) and my last name (Mulraney).

2. I played the lead role in a musical, Trial by Jury, in college. I was originally the understudy, but had to step in when the lead quit with two weeks to go.

3. I studied creative writing in college with Pulitzer-prize winning poet, Stephen Dunn.

4. My wife and I were born on the same day, same year (should have been same hospital, but my mother's doctor was an hour away).

5. I'm a senior copy editor for a pharmacetical advertising agency.

6. I have an irrational fear (ie, phobia) of lightning.

7. I experienced night terrors (not to be confused with nightmares) as a child; from 6 months until the age of 14.

Month 2 Sales Results

Well, it was bound to happen. Month #2 for most new writers tends to be a bit slower, as you move away from all of the purchases from people you know and you start relying on...well..."real" buyers. Combine that with a relatively slow ebook month (from what I've heard) and my sales were pretty slim.

Amazon US - 8
Amazon UK - 1
Amazon Paperback - 3
Amazon DE - 0
B&N - 2
Smashwords - 0
Total - 14

So, yeah...14 is a bit of a drop off after 40 the first month. But, I've seen nothing but good reviews so far and it's not a sprint...just have to keep reminding myself of that. There are a few things I see happening over the next couple of months that should drive sales one way or the other. On October 1st, I'm taking part in a book festival. I'll be selling autographed paperback copies of my book and advertising my ebook at the Collingswood Book Festival in Collingswood, NJ (just over the river from Philadelphia, PA). If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out! The holiday season is also coming up and it's expected to be the biggest year yet for new ereader owners. I'm hoping to have my sequel to Multiples ready by the time all those new owners are tearing the wrapping paper open on Christmas day. If not that soon, then shortly thereafter. I've got a lot of work to do.

As always, be sure to stop back by the blog on Mondays and Thursdays for my feature, The Same Six Questions, where you get to meet independent authors of all types!