An odd encounter
I'm not a stranger to questionable sales calls. I've detailed the majority of the contacts that have come my way through unsolicited emails and phone calls in an earlier blog post that was later turned into a static page on my website because they just keep happening. But one of the latest encounters has left me a bit speechless and I feel this encounter requires additional attention.
On 1/12/22 I get an email from someone going by the name of Glenn Sanders who claims to be a representative from Christian Works Media. The email is very basic with no attachments. The email's subject is "Invitation from Los Angeles Times Festival of Books".
Publishing through a "vanity" publisher
To Be Controversial or Not To Be Controversial
Finding an Agent
Book Review: Money Ain’t Loyal
Money Ain’t Loyal is something of a crime drama written by Nigerian author Daniel Junior. The book was published in 2021 and is available in paperback and digital ebook.
The plot revolves around a Russian convict looking to get revenge on a former colleague in the drug trade that he felt certain had betrayed him and was the reason he was sent to jail. At the same time, the story intertwines the efforts of a Russian immigrant named Natasha who is searching for her father following her mother’s death. The rub of it all is that Natasha has only an old picture but no name or other significant details to help her identify the biological father she never met.
2021: A Reflection
My Q3 Bummer
With Q3 of 2021 I had hoped to see a nice spike in sales. I had run a few ads on social media to market my books. I had joined a few groups on social media to help market my books. I had solicited reviews for my books by giving away free copies to those who wanted to read and review them. I even was the subject of an article in a local publication that was delivered to readers in early August.
It seemed that all the factors were there for me to have a successful Q3.
Sadly, I waited until all of the Q3 sales had been tallied and I logged in to see what my sales were only to find that each book only sold 1 copy. Even more depressing was that I was the one that bought each copy! I needed the Kindle versions of the book to do some promotional stuff after I realized that the final pdf copies provided by the publisher were "locked" and I couldn't use them. For it still being my intellectual property, the publisher files seemed to restrict my access to my content so I found a workaround which required me buying my own books.