Sunday, November 23, 2014

State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.

I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of Smashwords just came out with his annual predictions for the industry and it does not shine a very bright light. l He believes the market has become oversaturated. The enormous sales growth of ebooks that indie authors have enjoyed the last few years may come to a screeching halt. What does this mean for me and all the other indie writers?

It is true that my sales have slowed over the last year. When I published my first book nearly four years ago, it was an open market on the internet. Book promotion sites were few and inexpensive to advertise on and I would get tremendous sales from a few small ads. In recent years however, the internet has exploded with reader friendly sites that charge authors huge promotion fees to reach a subpar, book buying audience. Many of these new sites claim the newbie author will see a big jump in sales for an atrocious fee. I have tried a few of these sites out of curiosity and let me tell you, there is almost no return on investment when you have to sell five hundred books to recoup your fee.

So what do we authors do? Giving up the craft is not an option. Either is spending our life savings on advertising. I suggest we just keep at it. If you’re the type of author who cannot stop writing whether you are selling or not, then I say don’t. Keep publishing your books and sending them out into the cyber-world. Who cares if the market is flooded? Who cares if inexperienced authors with terrible books are buying up all the advertising spots? Do the writing because you love the writing. This will give you all the satisfaction you need.

Less than one percent of all published authors make a living solely on books sales. Those who don’t, write for the personal enjoyment. If you’re lucky enough to sell a few books, or many thousands (as I have), rejoice in the fact that total strangers are willingly entering the worlds you created from mere thought. And if you end up selling millions well, you deserve it!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon. 

In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.

Completely snowed in? Hello Buffalo! My four-book Omnibus of thrillers is a Kindle Countdown deal right now! That’s four books for just $1.99!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hmmm… who is this Ostross she speaks of?

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
November 14, 2014
This review is from: The End Time (Kindle Edition)

This is the 2nd Neil Ostross book I have read. Although it was very different from the other one I read and not in my usual genre, I thought it was great. This one is more of a fantasy and it was very fast paced. It involves a contained civilization and the technology they have including a machine that can predict a person’s "end time". I was very drawn in by the main characters and their struggle to try and change the results that they receive.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perhaps, I need to start marketing this?

Nice new review, but I may have to fire my editor.

5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Sci-Fi Thriller
November 12, 2014

Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The End Time (Kindle Edition)

Aside from a few annoying typos, and some pacing issues, I found this book thoroughly entertaining. Ostroff has masterfully built a convincing world of depth, with plenty of imaginative touches within this sci-fi thriller, and it's easy to envision this book adapted into an epic motion picture.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Emotion, emotion!

          Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.

          Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day however, because people have purchased copies of my 12 published books, which for me, is the reason I write.

          Sure, I’m happy for a big fat royalty check, but I think for many artists and musicians having an audience for your work is as soul-satisfying as hitting it big. If I never write another word, I’ll always be happy in the knowledge that all the time I’ve spent alone writing has been worth it.

          I wish I could appropriately express how it feels to not only entertain readers with stories that I love writing, but for readers to think highly enough of my work to shell out their hard earned cash to retain a copy for themselves. Thanks to all my readers for making this possible.