Buy my books! …Yup, the direct approach.

April has been the cruelest month, when it comes to sales. I make no secret of it – but my books are good, and I make no secret of that, either. Fantasy, horror, science fiction – I try to do it all, and sales are not the least significant way that I get enough cash to keep doing it. Tell your friends! Heck, tell your enemies, if they like good books and have money. I’m not shy.


Bad news: many of my paperbacks are going up in price next year.

I don’t actually want that to happen, obviously. But, thanks to inflation, costs are up, and prices have to go up to compensate. FROZEN DREAMS is going to stay the same price in paperback, but prices on some of the others are going to get raised to be more in line with GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND‘s.

Yeah, I’m not happy about it, either. Honestly, I should raise the prices of all my novels to $14.99, but my head’s not there yet. But it may be, soon, so now is the time to buy my books at the cheaper rates…


Hrm. Expanded Distribution on Amazon for my books: yea, or nay?

It’s an interesting question. From what I can tell, my options are either to do things like put my books up on Barnes and Noble myself, or let Amazon do it for me. Advantages to the former: more money. Lots more money. Advantages to the latter: I don’t have to reformat all my existing books myself. This stuff is work.


Welp, it was a tough month, sales-wise.

Not gonna lie on that one. Sales went through the floor, in all categories. The good news is that I have four venues in the next few months, starting with the MD Renn Faire in a week. After that, it’s back-to-back cons a month later, and a new one in November. I think that the mix of old and new sites will be good for sales, and of course the new novel is coming out soon.

After that… well, I’ve had good luck with Kickstarters. The trick is to just keep getting on with things.


Got more done today, thank God.

Did a chapter, got wordcount on the novella, managed to keep myself from starting a new novella: I need to designate times in the day where writing happens. It’s as simple as that. …It’s not actually simple, but if it’s going to get done then I need to get it done.

Moe Lane

PS: The mailing list advertising thing… had a 33% ROI. That’s direct sales, though. If everybody who bought MORGAN BAROD in the last week turns around and buys, say, FROZEN DREAMS then we’re doing this again in a few months. In case you haven’t guessed: some of this stuff is complicated.


11 Chapters reviewed, GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND.

That’s about half the book, thank goodness. If I buckle down on it, I can get the revised text to the readers by Friday or Sunday. If you’ve volunteered for that and haven’t heard from me by now, I regret to say that it’s because I haven’t gotten off of my butt yet and emailed anybody back. Flogging myself back into action is one of the things I’m working on, this week.



So, I had a root canal this morning. Buy my books!

…I’m going to blame that title on the endorphins. To misquote somebody or other, there is nothing quite so thrilling as finishing up a procedure where they go deep into your tooth to get all the nerves — and realizing that there was no pain during the procedure. Truly, the state of the art has improved greatly since the days of my youth: back then, ‘root canal’ was a pretty good analogy for ‘torture.’ Or possibly just a euphemism.

Still: buy my books! Root canals are also way cheaper than they used to be, but they still ain’t cheap.

Moe Lane

PS: Posting may still be weird today. I have no idea how I’m going to be feeling when the local anesthesia wears off.