Six Train’s Bangs and Busts


This week started off with a couple busts and several bangs.

The Busts

I had a blogger request my launch date to post a review and Q&A with me. I was so excited. I spent hours working on that Q&A. I sent it all off to her two weeks ago. And then it didn’t post. My follow up emails went unanswered.

No one seems to want to win Taylor Swift tickets. As a point of reference, I had 624 people enter a Goodreads giveaway for my signed paperback. I have 84 entries to the the Taylor Swift ticket giveaway.

The Bangs

Highlight of the week: A reader found me on Facebook, friended me, and then sent me a great email telling me how much he enjoyed my book but that I kept him up to 1:30 AM to finish it.

My Facebook Book Launch Party was a rollicking good time. So much so that the FB police shut down posting for a good 25 minutes in the middle of the party. Things quieted down before we we allowed to get back to posting.

A big round of applause to Rich Weatherly for putting together anย awesome Q&A with me on genre blending, alternating POV, and tips to aspiring writers!

A big thank you to Dixon Rice for let me take over his blog to guest post about the discovery of drafting.

A plate of baked brie to thank JM for giving me a fabulousย review for The Six Train to Wisconsin on Amazon!

A bowl of fried cheese curd to thank K. Lyn Wurth for posting a terrific review of The Six Train to Wisconsin on Amazon!

Raising a glass of chardonnay to toast and thank Audrey Kalman for her insightful review of The Six Train to Wisconsin on Goodreads!

After my first Goodreads giveaway ended, I saw a spike in book sales this weekend. It was cool to see my Amazon rankings jump up again for a few days.

My sales numbers aren’t complete for the month of May yet, but so far I have sold 147 books.

Upcoming Weekend Events:

I will be in the hot seat responding to brilliant questions on JM McDowell’s blog on Saturday 6/1 (we’re also giving away a free ebook to a commenter) and K. Lyn Wurth’s blog on Sunday 6/2 ย if anyone wants to stop by, chat, or pose a question. ๐Ÿ™‚

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26 Responses to Six Train’s Bangs and Busts

  1. I would have loved to enter for Taylor Swift tickets, she needs to get over here now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, unfortunately our biz is all about the ups and downs but you had WAY more ups so yay!

    • Thanks Vicotoria! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah. It’s funny when I sat to write the post the busts were bothering me. But when I saw how many more bangs happened–it helped put it in perspective. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Gwen says:

    Sorry to hear about those busts. That failed interview is especially disappointing. The bangs are great, though! I wasn’t able to attend the FB launch party “live,” but I linked the comments to my phone and was able to read them in spurts throughout evening and the next morning. Sounds like it was a great success. I did enter your Goodreads giveaway, but I was not one of the 84 Taylor Swift folks. Sorry, I’m not a fan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks Gwen. ๐Ÿ™‚ The flaky blogger really bothered me. Especially on my release day. I get that things come up, but she could have let me know she couldn’t do it. Or even apologized after the fact.

      But the bangs kicked the busts butt. Aw, thanks for popping over to the party. I’m was thrilled that so many people showed up and chatted. I was afraid we’d have lots of quiet, but instead questions and comments were flying around. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks! No worries. I thought the tickets would draw more people to the book and help spread the word. I was surprised people didn’t enter and resell the tickets on Stubhub.

  3. winsomebella says:

    An impressive list of bangs :-)!

    • Thanks Winesomebella! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s easy to overlook some of the good stuff when the bad stuff happens. These weekly roundups help me see that things are going well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. klynwurth says:

    I can only surmise that you are now more popular than Taylor Swift. Not bad. Thank you for the cheese curds. Having lived in Wisconsin for two years, I know what a hot commodity these are. Tasty, too. Glad you’re enjoying the bangs…thanks for the update!

    • LOL. That’s a great way of turning lemons into lemon tarts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aw, glad you enjoyed them! I can’t wait to have them again this summer. They make fried mozzarella seem positively boring. Yeah, the bangs are awesome. And way more than the busts. It’s easy to get caught up in what went wrong instead of what went right. I want to keep documenting the journey into publication. It’s really cool to do something for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    I hope the ratio of bangs to busts stays as good as it is!

    Our Saturday post is already scheduled, so unless WordPress decides to crash and burn that morning, the interview will be there for readers. ๐Ÿ™‚ And there’s a contest for a free e-version of The Six Train to Wisconsin, so I encourage everyone to stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win.

    Everything I’ve read about early sales for the first book says there are peaks and valleys, and progress can seem to be glacial. But just as a snowball picks up momentum while it rolls down a hill, so will a good book. And having read it, I know this is a good book. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I give it two thumbs up!

    • LOL. Me to JM!

      Awesome. Great. I plan to stop by throughout the day and week to reply to comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I hope people do stop by to enter to win the free ebook. I will update the post to mention that too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s quite a ride. The hardest part is not knowing what caused a sale. Was it word of mouth? Advertising? Press converge? Goodreads giveaway? Social media presence? LOL. It drives me batty trying to figure out what caused it so I can try to replicate it. But I figure I’ll just keep doing everything I’m doing and eventually what is working will get me where I want to be. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      *Blushing* Thank you so much JM! I am so thrilled that you liked it because I think you are a great writer too. When people you admire like your work, it’s really really cool.


  6. Funny thing about marketing – you just never know what’s going to click.
    The Launch Party sounds like a real riot. Congrats and keep rolling!

    • Funnier thing–I’m never sure what clicked. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Everyone tells me a spike in sales means what you did worked. But I’m doing a dozen or more things simultaneously. SO I have no idea what is working. Except with the Taylor Swift thing. I know that didn’t work. LOL. The Launch party was crazy fun. Had a blast! WIll do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I totally missed the FB launch party. What was I doing? 624 on goodreads though, thst’s amazing. I’d be lucky if 62 entered. In fact I’d be pleased lol.

    • Aw too bad, it was a fun time. Went by way too fast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks! I was shocked at how well the Goodreads giveaway went. LOL. You’d be surprised how many people want a free book on Goodreads. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bet you’d get at least 600. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. EllaDee says:

    Can you recycle the busted Q&A post? It would be shame to waste all that work. Which reminds me, we’re still on, and I’ll email you my draft words ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I was hoping she’d get back to me and say she’d post it another day. Guess that’s what I’ll do. Hers had like 15 questions too. It took so much time. I’d hate to waste it. Excellent! I look forward to that email. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Arlene says:

    Lots of bangs, how exciting! I’m looking forward to your Q&A on JM’s blog. Two great writers in one spot – this should be fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Arlene! It’s funny as I sat down to drag the post, my mind was stuck on the busts. Until I listed all the bangs. Then it felt silly to not be happy with everything that happened this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am delighted to be on JM’s blog this weekend. Let’s see what trouble she and I can stir up!

  10. 4amWriter says:

    I, too, have you all planned and ready to go for our blogging date. Like JM, barring a WP disaster, you can count on me!

    I’m sorry that you’ve had a few busts, but the bangs are super and totally outweigh the busts. You’re doing just fine, Kourtney. I agree with your replies to commenters that it would be nice to know what provoked the sales. From a marketing standpoint, you could use that info to your advantage.

    • Great! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. My blog buddies have come through in every way with my release. From guest posts to reviews to cheering me on–you are the best people to have in a girl’s corner. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree. I’d like to replicate it. But without knowing, I just keep doing multiple things and hoping something comes of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. This is so exciting to follow! All the best as you climb the ladder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Pete Denton says:

    Great list of bangs. It does make sense to recycle to other post if you continue to receive no response. Shame to waste your hard work. Healthy book sales so far as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Pete. It was a Q&A so it might be a challenge to recycle my responses. If I get similar questions, I’ll definitely try though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks. I’m thrilled to break 100 sales. Hope it continues. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ranking is a rollercoaster as usual. But from what I’m hearing from other authors this is a normal ride for a debut indie author. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. That’s really good, Kourtney. You’ve been working extremely hard. I read your book, actually, and liked it. I left a review on Amazon I think. Ps, how would you feel about doing a guest blog on The Self Publisher (I haven’t checked with my fellow blog authors yet but I’m pretty sure they’d be thrilled).

    • Thanks! Doing my best sometimes pushing too hard. Trying to rebalance. Oh that’s awesome to hear. That sounds like fun, could we do it in July? June guest posts are all booked up. Please check with your fellow blog owners and let me know if it’s something that works for them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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