Assuming I can shake this illness that is making my brain a mushy pile of mush, December will be the six-issue mark for Curveball. So far my Grand Experiment is going... well, ok. It's been damned useful in that it's taught me what I need to do in order to publish an actual product on a monthly basis. I'm still sanding down the rough edges, but producing and selling an ebook every month has been good production and management exercise. Eventually I'll have it all down to a science.
But Curveball hasn't been gathering much in the way of eyeballs. I do get positive comments, and I know people are reading it because they edit for me (November was brutal. Damn you NaNoWriMo). But the audience is basically a sliver compared to the audience reading The Points Between, and that audience is a sliver of Pay Me, Bug! (which I expected. PMB! is far more accessible.)
But anyway. I haven't been putting much thought into promotion because IT'S COMPLICATED. But it occurs to me that I've been overlooking something pretty obvious, and I'm going to give that a try in the next few days:
I distribute everything under a Creative Commons license, non-DRM'd, which means it's perfectly fine for people to copy and distribute my work as long as they aren't charging for it. So why not play that up? So I plan to release Issue One: Death of a Hero for free on my site, in epub, mobi and PDF format... and I'm going to encourage people who sample that if they like what they read, to please start posting it in other places to make it available to people they think will like it.
(And I'm going to leave the epubs etc for sale on Amazon and the rest so that my entire backlist is available in online stores. But I figure people won't be buying it any more...)
Oh, Alexander, if you're reading this send me your email so I can comp you issue two.
I'll let you know if/how this works.
Second thought was I'm going to start posting Curveball on a six-issue delay on Wattpad. Essentially Issue One will go up in January, Issue Two on February, etc. We'll see if that does anything other than oblige me to update yet another site...