I could do this because I had each 24-hour period to myself. That allowed me to write 104,447 words, putting me up to 634,531 for the year. I was also able to put up 42 blog posts.
In this post we’ll look back at the month and look forward to what’s coming in July.
I managed to get some good work done for others this month as well, though not much. I kinda scraped by this month, which was extra tough because my wife was out of town and all the food expenses fell to me.
But I got through it, and did a lot of work each day to maintain myself. Yeah, I like doing this stuff, so I’m not bored staying home each day and pounding away on the keys to make stuff that you may or may not buy, or read.
That’s extremely frustrating. One of the ways you can tell what’s working and what’s not is by looking at your analytics report. So for nearly two weeks, I didn’t have that, and it was driving me crazy. I mean, it was telling me a new article was getting just a couple views, even a week after putting it up.
What to Write on this Site?
I can look at Google Analytics and get a really good idea of where people are coming from and what they’re looking at. This is what I know:
- 25% of my traffic is because of famous Montana celebrities;
- 10% of my traffic is due to eBook covers;
- 20% of my visitors hit the homepage and don’t go anywhere else;
So right there, that’s about 55% of my audience, or the traffic to this site. They’re interested in how to get their book cover looking good and which famous people are in Montana. Some of them probably wander in from Google by mistake and quickly hit back. So that’s my site.
- 68% of my audience is in America;
- 18% of my audience is from Montana;
- 7.6% of my traffic comes from Missoula.
Cool stuff. And boy…guess most of the political writing I do is a complete waste of time, huh? I pretty much knew that months ago when I ended the 2014 Montana Election Blog. I kept at it, however, and have absolutely nothing to show for my results. From a business standpoint, it’s been both a waste of time and money.
Social Media Politics
It didn’t do too well right out of the gate on Friday when I released it, picking up a sale and return, one after the other. Ba-boom – how d’ya like them apples!
After that it picked up another sale. So it’s been bloodied in battle and come back for more, and done well as a result. In acknowledgement of its struggles, the book achieved a rank of #187,503 on Amazon, with a Top 100 genre rank of #36 in Campaigns & Elections. That put me right up there with the Gipper, quite an accomplishment if there ever was one.
I’ve gotten some bad reviews before. I won’t go into the various books, but I will pull a few highlights off of Amazon:
Yuck. Strictly a youth book, adults stay away.
Do not waste your time on this mixed up, cliche ridden mess. There is no plot,
It reads as if it were a writing assignment where the author is to use every bad cop cliche, every swear word, and describe in great detail various ways in which a person can die. There is no plot, no character development, and no story development at all.
Unfortunately, this book is nothing but complaints from start to finish.
I normally read a lot before bed but recently have just been going straight to bed because this book is so damn boring it's not even worth me staying awake for.
I found the writing to be clumsy, repetitive and clichéd. The story did not grab my interest.
In several chapters you drone on and on bitching about silly things…gets really tiring after awhile
was really long, boring, and full of inconsequential unimportant details that don't add anything to the story.
I don’t know why – you do this sometimes. Often you’ll get a good draft done and then let it sit. Sometimes it sits a long time. In this case I just needed to go through it, add some images, do some editing, and get a cover made. I did all that in a few days.
Why? I was looking at its folder one day and decided, “let’s get this done.” I mean…why not? Sure, I might not get any sales on it, but it’s another book on the shelf. Besides, it’s a fun book. I was really surprised when I went through it, just at how good it was, how laugh-out-loud fun at times.
I need to take the same approach to the other books on the word count meters. SEO 2016 will not be put out until December, I’ll tell you that right now, but the Self-Publishing book will probably be put out at the end of summer. And Flight 370 will be put out soon, as well as my Montana book. Yep, I’m moving again.
I think it’s time to finish Flight 370, and I mean that this time. After that, why not finish up Feds and Farmers and push that out the door?
When those two things are done, I think I can do another Sanders McGee Adventure as well as a new book for authors.
Those are much further down the road, as are Dulce Base 2 and Colter’s Hell. If I’m lucky I might get another Sanders McGee in there – we are getting into global warming, so their might be a market for those – and then possibly another fiction book before SEO 2016 and the new year.
So that’s looking ahead. Thanks for reading!
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