Thursday, June 25, 2015

Writing Red Ice: Days Forty-One through Fifty

I wish I could say that I've been working hard at the novel, but there were several days in the last ten I didn't add a single word to the novel. Part of it was an opportunity to pitch for an anthology, while another part was to work on rewriting another story for hopeful publication down the road.

But I still managed to get nearly 4,000 words added to Red Ice, so I'm still making progress. The novel all the way to Chapter 18 has been done and I've just started Chapter 19. The immediate goal is to be over 50% before Monday of next week. Chapter 16 will need to be rewritten, but that's for after I finish the story. I came across this little gem of a image over on Facebook which should be a mantra to all writers:

And, as an experiment, I am adding the Amazon rankings for African Firestorm. The stats are taken directly from the webpage and are as close to being fresh as I can make them. The stats for Amazon:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#369 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
#758 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > War & Military
#821 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Military

Looks bad, doesn't it? But that is the first time African Firestorm has been on the wrong side of the #100,000 level since May 4th, when it was ranked #138,516 --- seven-plus weeks (53 days!). The high point was when it reached #11, 231 on May 6th. Between then and now, it has bounced between mostly between #20,000 to #50,000 range, with a few days here and there sprinkled where it was higher or lower than that. And that is out of a MILLION Kindle Books!

As for Amazon UK, the rankings are below:

Amazon UK Bestsellers Rank: #109,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

I'll go into detail about Amazon UK in another post.

If you haven't gotten Outcast Ops: African Firestorm yet, and are a member of Amazon Prime, you can borrow it though Kindle Direct! Use this link! African Firestorm on Amazon! And check out the other novels in the series!

Red Ice Progress:
Done: Prologue, Chapter 1-18, 5% of Chapter 19
Words Written the last ten days: 3,895
Total Word Count: 31,040 (47.75% of 65,000 words)
Average Words Written per day: 620/day



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