If you’ve read part one of this entry, you’ll recall that last week I was sick, and while in the couch position I was spending too much time on the multiple writing blogs out there. That led to the question above and the following experiment.
I picked out a book written by a regular visitor and commenter to the popular blog known as The Passive Voice. It was the type of book I would not normally seek out. Not that I think it’s beneath me or anything, just not a genre I would normally read. I wanted to see if it would entertain me enough that I would consider buying another book from that author. In other words, does participating in the comments section with fellow self-publishers ever lead to a sale. I realize the scope of my experiment is small, hell it’s microscopic, but why not try it? Nothing really to loose.
So for the first time since The Millennium Man I bought a book about zombies. It was the author’s first self-published book. I bought it on Amazon and it cost me $2.99. I waited till the Nyquil wore off enough that I wouldn’t pass out and waded in.
Side-note: I made the decision when I started this blog that I wouldn’t review books as it’s such a double-edged sword, so I won’t mention this book or authors name until I’ve sent this entry to him and have approval to do so. (after all; I’m experimenting on him)
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning had an overall military theme, and being ex-military myself, that served to grab my interest. There were the usual newbie mistakes of typo and formatting that we’ve all seen and been guilty of ourselves, and I had no trouble dismissing them for what they were. The story was what I was after and it was good. He painted his scenes well and I liked his dialogue. The plot grabbed me and held on long enough that I finished half the book in one sitting. The author also used the storyline to occasionally bring the funny. He does this often in his comments, so it was no surprise to see it in his writing. My wife just shook her head as I laughed out loud.
“A funny zombie book honey, really?”
“It’s going well with my Nyquil.”
I finished the book the next day and was happy with my experiment. The author was smart enough to include a preview of his next book at the end and I zipped through that as well.
But there was one problem.
His second book wasn’t a zombie book. It was something totally different, a completely unrelated genre.
So this threw a real wrench in the works as far as my experiment went. My decision to buy the authors next work would now have to be based on his writing alone, with no influence as to the type of book he wrote. If I decided that I now liked zombies and wanted another zombie novel, I would have to go elsewhere to get it. So what to do?
I’m debating. I put the second book in the queue for now; chances are I’ll give it a try later, after my zombie phase is fully flushed out of my system. If it had been another zombie book, sequel or not, I most likely would have bought it right then.
But I did thoroughly enjoy the first book. The author entertained me for the amount of my time that he asked for, and that is what any author strives to do. Well worth the price too. I’ll most likely watch for more books from him.
So that’s it, the experiment was a bust, but I don’t feel it was a waste of my time or money. I found a fellow author whose work I enjoyed and maybe answered my question, as least as far as my personal experience.
Do comments lead to sales?
I can honestly say Yes…once anyway.
The book in question was titled Orpheus and was written by Mr.Dan Dewitt.
Dan was nice enough to contact me and welcome me to the Zombie genre. He also offered me a free copy of his newest book, titled Orpheus Born, a prequel novella. I turned down the offer and bought it instead. Support your fellow indie authors people!
I also picked up a copy of his other book, Underneath, I’m sure it’s as entertaining as his first effort.
Dan has a blog. Give it look, like I said, Dan brings the funny.
And if you’re reading this Dan, thanks for being my test dummy.