As you have probably noticed, I have switched my blog commenting system from native Squarespace to Disqus. And you have also probably noticed that if you hang out on my site for a while, a popup will tell you not to kill me for a popup but instead to subscribe to my fabulous newsletter. This is all part of what I told you I’d do: focus on selling my books. You see, this May 15th it’s been 5 years since I started writing full-time, and though I soared at first (there was lots of interest in my first trilogy, even from agents), I then painfully crashed into the gulch of despair of not-making-money-as-an-author. For a while I waited for something miraculous to happen, as in, somehow magically Rosehead would get on all bestsellers lists and I wouldn’t have to do squat. Well, no miracle happened, and eventually I had to collect myself back together, bone by bone, and climb out (the perfect crisis of the Hero’s Journey, by the way). And now I’m on my way back up. I’m not up yet, but I’m getting there. Because my plan is to:
GET MY SHIT TOGETHER AND START MAKING A LIVING FROM SELLING BOOKS.
To do this I have dusted off my rusty start-up brains, and lo and behold, even though I’ve been only flexing my marketing and selling muscles for two weeks, my numbers are climbing! In the last 4 days, since I put up a popup, I got 14 new subscribers to my newsletter at 12% conversion rate, which is at the top bracket of the industry standard (2-12%). Well then. Let’s see what happens when I get my entire system running. And that is: