I haven't put in a plug for my book, "The Stranger from the Valley," for awhile, so today will be the day I throw up a few notes regarding it. Sales have been going about as I expected, slow, pretty damn slow, but it's the same old story - marketing. If you don't publicize it yourself, no one else will on a self-published novel. I use only this blog to do most of the advertising, and word of mouth for the rest of it. So that's why sales are slow.
In this first attempt at a book-length story, I know that it doesn't meet the requirements of each individual Western fan as they search for the story that meets their psychological desires on that particular day, but the comments I have received from family and friends have been positive with several asking when is the next one coming out. The fact that some people liked it buoyed my spirits, even though I haven't asked, or paid anyone to tout it. I can't tell you exactly how many have been sold. I have received one royalty check, not very big, but enough to put in my savings account and use later.
I think as more people become aware of it and actually buy it, it will sell itself. I know this is no way to become a world-wide recognized writer, which I don't care about one way or another, but just wait until the next one hits the streets. I write to satisfy my own needs and desires.
Why don't you buy a copy and send me your opinion, good or bad, about liking it or not. You can even comment on how badly it is written and what it lacks and any other stuff. Maybe I'll take it to heart and try to improve things or maybe not.
Ah, yes, The Stranger from the Valley, I enjoyed writing and reading it.
By the way, The Upamona Gold Claim Wrangle will be forthcoming within a couple of months!