August – In the Midst of the Summer Slump

August - In the Midst of the Summer SlumpAh, August. Heat-wave, sick, and add on top of it the traditional book-publishing summer slump.

I went into August figuring that any sales would be a wonderful surprise. Don’t expect anything. Just be happy with anything you get.

And I was very surprised.

July is technically a part of the publishing summer slump, but for me it was helped by the month-long Smashwords ebook promotion. August didn’t have any such boost. Yet, I made sales the first part of August and then into the second week, then into the first part of the third week. Wow, I thought! Let’s hope this continues!

I shouldn’t have thought that.  😛

The last two weeks sales dried up to the level I thought the summer slump would cause. Then in the last week I released my first science fiction romance novel (Coffee Cup Dreams). Oh, that was a nice boost in sales.

So, what are the numbers? Here we go!

April: 18 Sales – Added 1 novella and 1 novelette
May: 24 Sales – Added 1 short story
June: 25 Sales – Added 1 short story
July: 56 sales – Added 1 novel, 1 novella, and 1 novelette

Amazon: 17
Amazon UK: 2
Smashwords: 16
Barnes & Noble: 6
ARe (Omnilit): 4

Grand Total: 45

Once again Amazon and Smashwords are almost equal. I don’t know what I’m doing to be selling so many at Smashwords, but I’m definitely happy about it.

I’m also pleased about the 4 sales at ARe, all of them consisting of the new SF romance. If anyone is curious about the types of downloads, they are 2 PDF, 1 mobi, 1 epub. We’ll see if that ratio continues in the future.

I also made sure to keep busy in August. A summer slump? That means it’s time to shut down the sales screens at the various retailers. Time to concentrate on new writing and releases in preparation for the fall and holiday season!

And I did that. Here is a list of the August new releases:

Glint of an Artifact (Children of Jad #3) – Novelette
Glint of an Tower (Children of Jad #4) – Novelette
Children of Jad Omnibus – Omnibus Collection
Coffee Cup Dreams – Novel

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My virtual bookshelf reached 15 ebooks by the end of August, a number I’m still proud and amazed at. 15? In seven months of publishing? Wow. Just… wow.

Now we head into September which is traditionally the end of the summer slump. Somewhere around the middle to end of September people will have time to read again. Here’s to a good September!


August - In the Midst of the Summer SlumpI have a new release! Introducing the SF romance: Coffee Cup Dreams

She wasn’t supposed to wake up when dead…

During what should have been a simple operation, Tish Douglas died. And yet, she also awoke… in what the doctors called a ‘psi event.’

Despite having no memory of the incident, it means she’s required to go on a life-time course of debilitating drugs designed to reign in her supposedly new psi gifts. She’s left with the option of existing on Earth in a drug-haze, or leave the planet.

When an opportunity for a good paying job on a space station known as Redpoint One is offered, she jumps at the chance. Even though she doesn’t have any experience as a ‘maintenance engineer.’ Even though the station sits in the middle of nowhere, a still-operating construct of a long-gone alien species.

Between pirate attacks, intelligent repair robots, and maintenance emergencies, Tish must find a place for herself.

All complicated by a growing attraction to the one person on the station she can’t have: boss Arthur Getty.

A stand-alone 48400 word, 193 page (approximate), science fiction romance novel by J.A.Marlow.

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