Things are rolling right along on this whole “becoming an author” thing. I’ve finally officially announced it on Facebook, which garnered much positive feedback and a number of sales. The tenth sale was just as exciting as the first, but I’m afraid it will be a long slog to the next order of magnitude. I also applied to the Goodreads Author program, which is pretty cool. I’ve been a member of GR for ages, and now every time I post on there I’ll have the little ‘author’ tag next to my name. I shall selflessly resist the urge to spam every board on the site.
One interesting thing about the Facebook announcement, though, was the breakdown of the link traffic. I used bit.ly’s link shortening services, which also let me track how many clicks each link garnered. I posted both the link to the book on Amazon (http://amzn.to/18rjt27) and to the book on Smashwords (http://bit.ly/18TnjNY), explaining that Smashwords ebooks were DRM free and available in many formats. And yet, six times as many people have used the Amazon link as the Smashwords link. I guess the ease and familiarity of the Amazon experience trumps any dislike some may have of a giant corporation.
…okay, maybe that’s only interesting to me. I’m sure Neil Gaiman could have made that anecdote into a cutting and astute observation.