The future is pink

First, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2018. An especial thanks to all those who entered my Goodreads giveaway and congratulations to the two lucky winners. Your books will be in the post tomorrow so expect them by the end of the week.

This time I decided to try a ‘local’ giveaway, opting to make it GB only. This was partly an experiment to see how many people would enter (115 did so, thanks) and partly to minimise cost and waste. On my last giveaway, I chose GB, USA and AUS and a fairly random selection of nations. After ordering my book from Createspace in the US and having copies shipped to my door, I promptly flew two books all the way back to the US to the lucky winners. Expensive, wasteful and cumbersome. I wish Createspace could print books on demand locally, at least on the same continent. Actually, I’m sure they can, but not sure why they won’t.


Padma and the Elephant Sutra continues to languish in the ‘not read by many’ pile. It is a book about a pink elephant, multidimensional aliens, fragments of imperial history, and obscure ancient myths and legends. So, not really a populist read. A shame really as it’s great (no bias detected) – I still enjoy reading it! Perhaps one day, someone will digest it on one of those long, boring voyages to distant galaxies, and declare it a valuable read, a window into the mind of early 21st century humans. Or, not.


OK, I get that it is a crowded market. Worse, it’s a suffocatingly jam-packed market, also rammed with attendant predatory behaviours. As it is, I have even struggled to give my book away for free! Only 22 downloads in the two months, across platforms, since I began my experiment with unfettered access to Padma. I also don’t seem to be able to generate any reviews. Good or bad. During the second half of 2017, I have given away in total some 100 e-books and about 20 print books. Not one further review, good or bad!

Never mind hey. I still love my book, I am pleased with my achievement, and I would do it all again if I had the time and money. Sure, I could write in my spare time, but frankly, all hands are now firmly fixed on the, ‘make some money and build viable job prospects,’ pump. For 2018, Padma will return to the marketplace at the dizzying price of £1.99. I am still willing to give it time to find an audience. Perhaps another thousand years, if I live that long. Best wishes to all, whichever direction you set your sails.


Images courtesy of creative commons

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