A huge thank you to anyone and everyone who downloaded my novella Mischief at Mulberry Manor while it was free over the last three days. It's been a very interesting experiment and I guess I won't know the true results for a while yet. However, I do know it was downloaded well over 1000 times, mainly in the USA, followed by the UK and a few in several other countries around the world! It also stayed in the number #1 and #2 spot in the Amazon free charts for historical fiction (under Scottish and Victorian).
Hopefully, it will continue to remain higher up the charts in general, now that it's been brought to attention in this way. I was also delighted to see an increase in sales of my new novel, Midwinter Masquerade on Amazon UK, in particular. It's good to try different ways of getting an e-book in front of readers and it's all trial and error as with most ventures in life.
On the subject of books and readers, here's a link to an interesting article in the online Huffington Post about book marketing predictions for 2014 - some essential thoughts for anyone publishing a book next year. Although I'm with three different e-publishers, we still have to take huge responsibility for marketing and promotion, and if we go down the self-publishing route (as with Mischief at Mulberry Manor), it's even more important to start off equipped with some positive ideas for promotion. An author could have the best story in the world but, without readers, there are no sales!
Now to think of my next writing projects, including finishing a couple already started. No doubt I'll mention them once I know what they all are. I'd love to write down some kind of writing/marketing plan for the new year, but I'm not sure I'm organised enough yet. Do share any writing plans you have for 2014, if you've made any.