So my promotion ended yesterday. It ended with a slight uptick on the downloaded copies of my two short story trios but it still was unimpressive. Thank you to everyone who DID download the stories. Hope you find something you like. Even more, I hope you'll maybe try something else I've written. DIE 6 has some pretty good stories in it....I think...
So how did it compare to my first giveaway, where I promoted my titles SOLE OCCUPANT and DEAD OR ALIVE? Well, that time I gave away 144 copies of the two titles. The first of them did better. I don't think it's surprising. The cover for SOLE OCCUPANT was done by a professional, while the cover for DEAD OR ALIVE was done by...well, by me.
This time I gave away 71 copies in total. Forty nine copies of JACK'O'LANTERN and 32 copies of THE GATEWAY were given away (by zombies...no, not really...by me). Half the number of copies, though almost as many copies of JACK'O'LANTERN were given away as of DEAD OR ALIVE. Anyway, why so few this time? I have a few theories.
First, I did not have the opportunity to tag my giveaway with another giveaway. In that case it was QUANTUM ZOO, with the giveaway promoted by all twelve authors (to some degree) and D.J. Gelner shared my status update, where I plugged both my own stories' free status as well as that of QUANTUM ZOO. This time, no shares from any authors. (One offered but didn't follow through, far as I could tell.) I did have two friends share it with their own friends, and there is not much overlap between our groups of friends. Anyway, when D.J. shared it on FB, my post views approached 300. This time my post views were around 150 (maybe a bit more). Half the page views, half the downloads. Plus, people who were downloading QZ might have theoretically searched out works by the other authors in the collection and found a couple of mine on promotion, and grabbed them that way. I'll never know.
Second, these two covers are probably my worst covers. I did them myself, and they were the first and second covers I ever did. I'll probably try to redo them sometime when I have the time. But I don't want to spend any actual money on them. At $0.99 per download (which means $0.35 to me) it just does not make sense to spend the money on them.
It's a shame, really. I've had really good feedback on some of the stories. Annetta Ribken once said of JACK'O'LANTERN (seen in a less edited form on the Friendly Fiction forum on Journalscape) that she could totally see it in a YA Halloween themed collection. J. Michael Major listed AMERICA'S PASTIME (part of THE GATEWAY trio) as one of his favorites of the 14 DARK WINDOWS
collection. THE MOMENT also received good comments when I posted it on a blog a few years back. And SARAH'S PUPPY won a contest on The Book and Candle Pub several years ago. I think they're decent stories.
Here's Annetta's quote (about JACK'O'LANTERN):
I can so see this in a YA Halloween anthology.
Cute and interesting premise. nicely done!
Author Eric Mayer (of the John the Lord Chamberlain
mysteries) said this about THE MOMENT:
I enjoyed the story. From what I recall of eighth grade it seems true to life. Although I only wish I could've been bright enough to ever come up with a ruse like that. I'm surprised you could concoct this from six words not of your own choosing. Out of curiosity, do you recall what the words were?
I couldn't, by the way. I remembered "pirate" and "tommy gun" and "black cat" once I read it and looked for them.
And J. Michael Major's Amazon review of 14 DARK WINDOWS:
It's always fun to discover a new, talented author, and Scott Dyson is my latest find. The fourteen creepy tales here range from wistful and romantic ("The Moment" and "Ghost of Love") to the horrific ("Hot Spot" and "The House at the Bend in the Road"). My personal favorites are "The Only Solution" and "America's Pastime," but all are wonderfully written and there is something here for everyone -- just don't read these hair-raising stories when you are alone at night! I look forward to reading more by Dyson. Buy a copy today and tell your friends about this exciting new author!
So there you have it. The results of the giveaway.
I had been debating whether to put ODD MAN OUT on promotion next month. It's my best cover, and I like both stories. But I don't know if it's worth it. Maybe I'll just schedule it for a two day giveaway or something like that.
Better get something new written and published. And soon.
Take care! Thanks if you downloaded them. Heck, thanks if you're reading my blog!