If you’ve taken a look at this website recently you will have seen the beginning of what I hope will be a project of interest to readers of Arcana.
On the Places tab of this site you will find a set of subpages that discuss the various places in Minnesota where the events of the novel occur along with photographs of some of those locations and landmarks. Once it’s done I’m hoping to have something like a photo essay that corresponds to the various chapters of the book for readers to take a look at.
So far I only have the first few chapters done, but feel free to take a look and let me know what you think of it so far. I’ll be continuing to add chapters as I have time to track down photos and do the writeups, so keep checking back if I haven’t gotten to your favorite chapter yet.
I want to start off by thanking everyone for joining my fan page on Facebook. It means a lot to me to know that there are people out there who appreciate my writing and are interested in supporting it.
In the last week or so I’ve noticed that sales of the book have been dropping off, at least on Amazon and Barnes and Noble where the sales ranks are listed. I’m heartened by my #32 showing on the Tower Books top 100 horror titles list, but I really have no idea how many sales that actually constitutes. So here’s a mission for all of you fans that will help keep my sales up and future books coming, should you choose to accept it.
(1) If you haven’t done so already, buy a copy of Arcana. There are a lot of places you can order it online, so if, for example, you would rather buy a copy from an independent source than from a big chain you should be able to find a source out there than will fit your criteria. Also, if you live in the Twin Cities and want to avoid the shipping charges I know for a fact you can find it at Magus Books and Eye of Horus. You might still be able to find a copy at Uncle Hugo’s as well – they only had a couple of copies when I last checked but it does still show up when I search their website.
(2) If you liked Arcana, go out to Amazon and/or any other site that allows you to post reader feedback and write a review of it. The book currently has no reviews on Amazon or anywhere else and I would feel kind of silly writing one myself. I mean, of course I like the book – I wrote it! If none are forthcoming soon I may have to write something silly like “it’s the best book I’ve ever written!” just so that there’s something resembling a review associated with it, but a couple of real reviews from readers would look a lot better.
(3) If you have friends who like occult fiction and you liked Arcana, recommend it to them. If they’re on Facebook invite them to join the fan page. I will be sending out one more round of invites soon to my extended friends list, but after that the page will have to grow organically by word-of-mouth or whatever you call it when it happens online. I have no interest in becoming one of those annoying people who is constantly sending and re-sending fan requests to everyone on their friends list.
For those of you who accept this mission you have my thanks and deepest appreciation. You are helping to support local writing here in the Twin Cities and helping to support fiction titles from outside the mass-market mainstream.
And no worries, this message won’t be self-destructing any time soon.
Okay, it’s not exactly number 1, but it is the highest sales rank I’ve seen for Arcana so far, on the Tower Books bestselling horror list for February 2010.
I suppose number 32 isn’t necessarily that impressive, but take a look at some of the folks who are below me.
Eat it, Nathanial Hawthorne! I’ve always hated your intrusive narration!
This coming weekend Pendraig Publishing will be vending at Pantheacon 2010 in San Jose, California. If you happen to be attending the convention, it would be a perfect time to pick up a copy of my book. Of course, it would also be a good opportunity to check out Pendraig’s other fascinating titles as well.
Sadly, I won’t be able to make it out there this year due to my work schedule and recent medical issues so you won’t be able to get yourself a signed copy, but I hope to be able to make it to conventions and festivals such as Pantheacon next year. Until then, if you are going here’s wishing you a safe trip and a wonderful weekend. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
Update: As it turns out, you probably will have to order the book after all. I just found out that Pendraig won’t be vending because Pantheacon already has Llewellyn and Field Books there and didn’t want any other publishers vending. That’s one of the downers of a smaller publishing house – bigger companies tend to dominate vending space. Of course, the advantage of not publishing with Llewellyn is that I don’t have to tailor my writing to the younger demographic that their fiction books are aimed at.
“Balzador pointed his Nerf shotgun at the head of the small plastic horse. ‘Hand over the grimoire,’ he commanded, ‘or your little pony gets it!'”
Nope, that just doesn’t work…
In response to the previous entry it appears that I now have groupies, or at least a couple of volunteers. Who knew? Naturally, that means I need to have a fan page on Facebook to stay in touch with them. So here it is.
I’m still pretty new to the whole book promotion thing, so if anyone would like share suggestions on how to promote the page or make it better feel free to do so. So far I’m the only fan of myself – but isn’t that always the way? I’ll be suggesting it to my friends shortly, so hopefully that will change soon.
My Amazon author profile is now available. Most of the information is the same as what’s on this site – the biography is almost identical and the “Arcana Trivia” post that I put up for discussion includes the material from the “My Books” page formatted slightly differently because Amazon doesn’t allow HTML in discusion posts. Still, I know from experience that the more places your information is posted, the more people see it.
I’ve been taking a look at Barnes and Noble and some of the other booksellers, but they don’t have anything comparable that I’ve come across so far. If you know of anyplace else I can put up a profile and generate more interest in Arcana feel free to pass it along in the comments.
This is probably just a statistical fluke but I found it interesting nonetheless. I was looking at the Barnes and Noble listing for Arcana and noticed that three out of the five books shown on the “Customers who bought this also bought” list were from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries series:
- Dead Until Dark
- From Dead to Worse
- Dead and Gone
I’ve never read Harris’ books but I have enjoyed HBO’s True Blood television series that is based on them, even though I’m forced to admit that the cheese factor on the show is rather high.
Given Arcana’s sales rank the sample size of customers is almost certainly too small to draw any reliable conclusions from, but Charlaine Harris sells a lot of books and if her fans turn out to like my work as well that would be pretty darn cool.