So I see there have been seven samples of Jefferson’s Road downloaded from Smashwords. This is a good thing, I think. And my views at youtube have been climbing a bit as well. It’s up to forty right now. I still don’t have any purchases yet, which is just as well, given that I found two errors last night that I had to correct. One had Peter calling the bullets “incendiary rounds” instead of “armor-piercing,” and the second was a simple typo, but one of the kind that totally changes the word, and therefore the meaning of the sentence.
I’ve uploaded the most recent versions to Amazon and Smashwords, but it’s a bit frustrating that I’m still finding things like these after having “fine-tooth combed” the manuscript so many times already. My only consolation is that the previews available on Smashwords won’t get you this far into the story line (I think I allow something like 33%), and since nobody’s purchased it yet, no one has discovered the errors in something they’ve actually paid for. But what it does do is give me an appreciation for the tremendous vetting job that gets done with traditional publishing (and even then you can still find mistakes).
Regardless, I have to move to the next stage of my “marketing” plan, which is to announce the book is available on Smashwords and will be available in Barnes and Noble, Borders, and for the I-phone within a few weeks. Also, I will be letting people know (soon) that I’ve created a fan page for the novel as well.
The goal is just to keep the book in front of people, keep reminding them that it’s out there, in the hopes that someone picks it up and actually reads it. In the meantime, I still don’t have any reviews of either the book or the video, so I may need to start actively soliciting those as well.
In about two week’s I’ll be sending out my mass email letting everyone know the book is available as an e-book, and then we’ll see what happens from there.
Meanwhile, I’m writing chapter eleven of Patriots and Tyrants.