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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Alright, this post is probably gonna be long.

I've had zero success with online marketing. All sales I've achieved have been through direct in the street contact(where you can wow someone that they are talking to a real published author-and for those snobs in the lit world, the average person on the street can't tell the difference or even knows there is such a thing as self-publishing).

So, of course, I've done loads of research on marketing. I can't afford some PR firm(sometimes I can't afford lunch these days) so here is my analysis of the whole marketing thing.

Most marketing PR firms don't really know what they are doing!

This is probably a statement that will get me in trouble down the line but here is what I read over and over again. When marketing your book, the author has to do much of the PR. The author should not rely on his marketing team(whether self-hired or through a publishing houses team) to get the word out there.


I've been quoted by PR firms prices of $2,000 to $7,000 a month with a six month minimum and they can't guarantee anything? I have to do the work? Why would I pay someone almost fifty grand if they don't know how to get word of the book out there.

Now of course I would be happy to go on all the interviews and anything else the marketing team sets up but lets be frank. There is no way any amount of money can guarantee any sales will occur. Thats why there are multi-million dollar bombs at the box office and books that flub when released.

So, if there is no guarantee of making any book sell, then how can anyone give advice?

Let me rephrase that last question.

The method for fixing an auto transmission has certain steps for optimum efficiency. Do it right, and most of the time, the transmission will be fixed.

The method for marketing a book guarantee's nothing. If a book marketing firm cannot guarantee sales, then why would I pay them? I'm happy to pay the auto mechanic. He can guarantee the transmission will be fixed or my money back. The marketer just chalks it up to the fickleness of the buying public and keeps your money.

They're like weathermen. When they're wrong, they get to keep their jobs and just blame unseen forces(how many people trust weathermen?)

And the advice they do give sounds very suspect. Most of them are talking about social platforms. I have to become friends with everyone in the world to make a sale. Yeah, right! Social networking has limited to zero success. That will be my next post cause the whole Myspace, Twitter, Facebook crap really pisses me off.

Has anyone ever sold any large amounts of books off any of those platforms by being people's friends(and they aren't already a celebrity so Tila Tequila doesn't count, Paris Hilton doesn't count, Stephen King doesn't count, you get the idea)?

Bottom line is this. A publishing company makes a huge hit like Harry Potter. Okay, so every book they publish should be a hit, right? After all, they've proven they know how to publish and market successes.

Except they cannot guarantee their next book will be a hit. They just got lucky. Even if they do every single thing the same as on Harry Potter the next book series might be a failure.

Which means no one really knows what they are doing. No one can guarantee any success, no matter how much money is spent. Which means most marketing firms really don't know what they are doing. They're just getting lucky with content and have the money to weather the failures.

So, thats my point.

Anyway, till next post.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A $1000 LOAN

So, I convinced an old friend to loan me a $1000 bucks. She saw Dark Oz and how fast I was able to hustle the copies I had(granted not a lot, like fifty in one day) and thought it would be a good investment. She's not charging me any interest. It's really more of a favor.

Thanks, Sweets. I'm on my way now to Atlantic City!(just kidding.) (no, seriously, just kidding.)

Anyway, this means I can purchase another 250 books without waiting for and selling the current batch. It really hurts when I spend all day selling books on the street and subways and then have nothing for the rest of the week.

I hope these copies sell fast as well.

Till next time.

P.S., got a roof over my head with the extra cash flow so everyone who was concerned, I'm good for now. Still gotta hustle though. Thanks.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


So, after dropping off books at Midtown Comics for their shelves, I spread out some copies at my spot in the subway. The books moved really fast today. I was really surprised.

All told, I'm up to 90 books sold so far. I mean, that's nothing compared to a mainstream publisher, but I've sold over $900 dollars worth so far. I'd say that's pretty excellent.

For a self-published title at least.

I'm putting most of it towards my next book shipment. I want to get 100 books now and get those out onto the streets.

Waiting to hear back from the press I sent releases too. Will call them on Tuesday.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Sent out press releases for Dark Oz. Keeping my fingers crossed I get some notice. Need to send out a few more.

I posted a rock opera I wrote using the songs of Queen. I wrote it some time ago and always wanted to produce it on Broadway, but that is seeming more and more like some fantasy that will never come true. Decided to do more than share it with family and friends so I posted it on Youtube.

I hope the unique story I crafted keeps it from being removed for use of the copyrighted songs. Personally, it would be great if Brian May or all of Queen heard it and tried to get it produced on Broadway. But these things never happen to me.

Got 8 views in like five minutes after I posted it so who knows.

Friday, July 3, 2009


So, I've sold a few more books. Waiting for the next shipment.

Meantime, I figure I might as well get some press releases out. I was looking for a human interest story to make part of the release and I figure my being homeless and selling books to get back on my feet might be just the ticket.

I told a friend and they were like, well, it's truthful although they winced at the idea of letting the world know my predicament.

The die is cast though. Lets see if anything comes of it.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


So, I've got some great, exciting news. Nothing strong enough yet to blast it to the media, yet but close.

Two bookstores have agreed to my books on their shelves. Midtown Comics and Time Machine comics, both in Midtown Manhattan. Thirteen books in all will be initially available on shelves and I have to be ready to supply more if they sell quickly.

It looks like comic stores are most willing to give indies a chance. Regular bookstores have all turned me down. They only stock books from traditional big-house publishers. Research it on the net. They are all in this high and mighty mode that is basically archaic.

Their loss. Besides, they all want 50% of the sale from the book which means after printing and shipping, I would be lucky to get $1 per book. And I did all the work! Who needs them.

I am stoked I can see my books on shelves at the two stores listed above. Will check out some other comic shops for further placement.


Monday, June 29, 2009


So, the last few days I've been trying to work on Dark Oz marketing at the library. You only get two hours internet time a day, so I really can't do much.

I've slept on the floor and the chairs of the NYC subway. You would think the subway train chairs the more preferable location, but I woke up feeling like I was being physically tortured. You have no idea of the importance of stretching flat on a soft cushion. Sitting up on seats while you sleep just doesn't cut it.

I got better sleep prostrate on the ground.

You also have lots of extra time to think. Decided to contact some homeless orgs about donating profits from my book. Perhaps a partnership will sell more books and raise more money for them. I'm waiting for a response. We'll see.

Friday, June 26, 2009

book sold counter added

So, I added a books sold counter at the top of the page. It's not automatic. I have to update it myself, but that's pretty easy and takes only a few seconds.

Sold a second book online. Decided I should note how many books sell online versus offline. I'm having more success offline, so far(which makes sense since I've had a bit more time with the offline copies) but real sales will come from online. I can reach so many more people.

So, lets hope things go well.

I'll see you back here on Monday.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Wow, I sold my first book. I'm pretty sure it was purchased by Ritchard Dutcher. He emailed me he was buying it. Of course, Amazon handles orders automatically so I don't know who actually made the purchase.

But I am now on my way.

It's only one copy, but it's a start.

launch day

well, the book is officially launched.

And I'm officially homeless, lol.

Reviewers have gotten their copies, so lets hope for good reviews.

I plan on a press releae for next week.

Lets see how sales go.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Review copies

Well, the review copies are off. lets hope they like the book and the good reviews end up with some sales.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

the Million Copy selling book

So, I've been toying(fantasizing) about the possibility of selling a million copies. Something tells me its possible but I'm sure everyone will think I'm a lunatic.

I have to get typos fixed and uploaded before I seriously start notifying people. Right now the Amazon book is filled with typos. They should be fixed within a few days.

And then comes trying to sell.

Meanwhile, looks like I'm homeless, LOL. I've been staying with the mother of my kids for awhile to get through my poor period and she's had enough of me. So in two days, I'm being kicked out.

This idea better work or I'm gonna be living off the "A" train.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Well, it's showing up on Amazon as of today. Also, there is a direct order page on Createspace(I make 20% more on Createspace so I'll try to drive traffic there.)

They still have not posted the image of the front cover for the book on there so I hope prospective buyers aren't turned off. The images should show up in the next week or so, I hope.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dak Oz uploaded for download on Scribd

So, while I impatiently wait for the latest physical proof from the printers, I decided to make the book available for instant download(for a fee) from Scribd. I, personally prefer to have hard-copy of books but there are plenty of customers who may wish to read in front of a screen.

The book is $6.40 for download which is nearly half-off the physical purchase. I also make about a dollar more. But in a strange way, I would prefer the hard-copies sell more. Still, a sale is a sale.

The link to this first item is on the top of the page(below the book cover image) or you can just go to and search for the title.

Thanks, Aaron.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Not proof of something transcendental. The actual proof from the printer for the book. Noticed there were a few issues with the cover and decided I needed to make a few changes to the interior since the cover had to be redone.

Probably will get a new proof by the end of the week.

The novel should be available for sale in a week at most, yippee.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

blog changes

So, I decided to take off the first chapter preview from the blog here. It can be viewed at blog and will soon be uploaded to and probably a few other places.

It was taking a lot of room at the top of the blog and I didn't want people having to scroll down so far to read each new blog.

Will take the poster image off too. It also takes up a lot of the page top. This should be specifically a blog page.

I need a web designer but can't pay for any now, so this is it, I guess.

new release not very successful

Well, the press release was sent out about a week ago. Only two places picked it up. PRWEB, which I paid $140 to send it out to didn't help me much. Certainly not for the price I paid. I need to figure out how to get people talking about the book. No one knows its out there.

I have about 5 reviewers who are waiting for the book. Hopefully some good reviews will get me some notice. The book is being printed. I am waitin for the proof so I can verify everything looks good.

Book marketing - man, the hardest thing you can do.

I'll keep updating this record so anyone following can see if there is any success.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


So, the press release is uploaded announcing the novel which is forthcoming. I set the date for release as June 25 which should give me the time I need for everything. Hopefully, there will be good response to the release of this new Oz novel.

It's scheduled to be released on Friday at 8 am.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Well, you have to start somewhere. The novel "Dark Oz" is going to be released in the next six weeks. The exciting thing for me is I control every aspect of the release and the platforms. I've chosen to self-distribute. I have been trying to get the original comics turned into a feature film for five years now and this novelization is just one aspect of that program. But with so much of it out of my control, it was a no-brainer to self-publish. It's probably the first thing I have been totally in control of this whole project.

Anyway, I will update what is happening with sales and such. And I will post the first three chapters here as well, so everyone can get a read before deciding to purchase.

I will also add a few video's and comic images up here as well.

Thanks, Aaron.

Dark Oz movie poster - development stage