In a comment mesadallas asked how Sing is doing, and since probably anyone reading this blog is curious, I thought I’d just answer in a new post.
Short answer is it’s doing very well. For comparison, both Sing and Eyes were first on Amazon in the middle of a month, and both sold almost the same number of copies in that first partial month (just 2 more for Sing). However, that partial month consisted of 20 days for Eyes and only 8 days for Sing.
For the first ten days or so it seemed as if every mention of Sing anywhere resulted in more sales for Eyes, but that is finally changing. Yesterday Sing outsold Eyes (by only one copy) for the first time. I only check sales figures once a day in the evening, but from their respective sales ratings today, I expect Sing to do better again today and by more than one copy. I still have to get the genre listings for Sing straightened out, but when I checked in Historical Romance – Hot New Releases a while ago, Sing is there at #26. I think getting in that listing helps a lot and helped Eyes a lot once it got going, and since that only lasts for 90 days, getting there as quickly as possible is a good thing.
The conventional wisdom among indies is that a second book sells better itself and helps previous books, and it looks as if that may be true for me this time. With Rottweiler Rescue and then Eyes, I didn’t see it, but they are such completely different genres that was no surprise. In fact what did surprise me with those two books was how many people read both in spite of how different they are.
The area where Sing is not doing as well is reviews. There are only two on Goodreads, a 4 star and a 3, which gives it a mediocre overall rating. Amazon is better with three very nice 5 stars and one 3 star, which at least gives it a 4+ average, but as I remember Eyes has never had anything but a 5 star overall rating on Amazon. Now that it’s selling more, more reviews are bound to show up, and there’s nothing for it but to hope most of these readers like it. It seems all of the readers read both books, and everyone compares. I’m going to have to go read reviews for second books by others to see if that’s just standard. There’s a thread on All About Romance that says something like. Sing is excellent, but Eyes was phenomenal. It’s hard to make “excellent” sound second rate, but that’s giving it a good go. I think I may develop a case of Mama Grizzly over my second romance child.