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A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Re: Literary Fiction
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2011, 04:21:30 PM »
I started a new thread about the free downloads on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. The Power of Persuasion is now free on amazon.com and has been downloaded 50 times already. I'll keep you updated on the number of downloads. I've no idea how this will pan out.

Will check it out. 50 times is great - congrats/ I've had 100k downloads of one of my stories on feedbooks - how do we turn these into paid downloads I wonder?

I sold 100 copies of one literary short story in my first month. So there is a market there.

Cheryl Shireman is selling 200+ copies a DAY of her literary novel, and that's only on sale four months.


Wow what's her secret?

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"one of the most captivating stories I've read for years."
"poetic, tragic, contemporary, riveting, with striking and beautifully delineated characters - a really amazing read."
"tell all your friends about this unforgettable story"
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« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2011, 04:26:39 PM »
Wow what's her secret?

I interviewed her on Wednesday on my blog: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/cheryl-shiremans-life-is-more-than-a-dream-interview/

She gives some great tips in the comments.

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« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2011, 06:32:45 PM »
Your story has a certain cachet, Xavier, and I enjoy your writing style. I'll be following your progress. Good luck!
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« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2011, 12:44:32 AM »
Will check it out. 50 times is great - congrats/ I've had 100k downloads of one of my stories on feedbooks - how do we turn these into paid downloads I wonder
The downloads have reached 2,800 in just twenty-four hours. I've also gained a one star review that looks promising. It says that the book has a shocking ending not in a good way, so that should generate a great deal more interest!

I've no idea how this will pan out. The downloads are continuing -- in the time it took to write this post, the downloads increased from 2,810-2814. It's all very exciting!

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« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2011, 02:41:05 PM »
Wow, Shelagh, congratulations!
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« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2011, 03:24:25 PM »
Thanks LP! Downloads are slowing down, but I'm still amazed! Total downloads to date: 3,330.
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« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2011, 08:12:41 PM »
I have a theory that blogs have stolen wind from the sails of literary fiction. I'm talking well-written slice-of-life type blogs. You can get in them what you would've previously gotten from literary stories. Probably the best way to sell literary fiction nowadays is to throw in sex, guns, vampires, and zombies.   ;)



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« Reply #57 on: June 05, 2011, 12:08:56 AM »
Heh. I, for one, thought C.S. Hand's suggestion (top of P. 2 of this thread) had some merit.  ;D
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« Reply #58 on: June 06, 2011, 03:10:11 AM »
Your story has a certain cachet, Xavier, and I enjoy your writing style. I'll be following your progress. Good luck!

Many thanks, Ipking!


Thanks LP! Downloads are slowing down, but I'm still amazed! Total downloads to date: 3,330.

That's brilliant Shelagh. I'm going to get you book!


 "an explosive, brilliant and breath taking novel"
A wonderful coming-of-age story.
A heartbreaking, beautiful, romantic story, if you ever find the same love that these main characters have keep it!
"one of the most captivating stories I've read for years."
"poetic, tragic, contemporary, riveting, with striking and beautifully delineated characters - a really amazing read."
"tell all your friends about this unforgettable story"
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Re: Literary Fiction
« Reply #59 on: June 06, 2011, 05:56:28 AM »
For what it is worth I'm wondering if literary fiction lovers might not be more inclined to buy the paperback version. I've definitely seen an increase in sales in recent months but while my short stories, memoir, and knitting sales increase on Kindle, my two novels are still selling more in paper.

I know I still tend to buy more paper copies of the books I know I'm going to love.

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« Reply #60 on: June 06, 2011, 06:03:39 AM »
Hi Xavier,

You can try the short stories for free -- downloads have picked up and are now over 400 -- Four Short Stories is #45 Free in Kindle Store  and #1 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Short Stories

That's twice I've been at #1 -- The Power of Persuasion was #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction but is now #2.

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« Reply #61 on: June 06, 2011, 06:31:01 AM »
Hi, I think my novel, Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam, has a literary bent to it also.  And, it sells far fewer copies than my genre fiction.  But no matter.  My future work will be more in the literary vein, not the Vampire vein.   

Hi Paul,

Is that a good move? If vampire books sell and you can write for that market, why not stick with it?

Well, maybe not a good move money-wise, but a good one soul-wise.  We have to write about what moves us and for me that would be things more personal and current.

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« Reply #62 on: June 06, 2011, 06:41:21 AM »
I think there is a market there that hasn't been tapped into yet.

I don't see a lot of indies doing historical fiction or literary fiction, especially the latter.

I released a literary short (my first title) and it sold 100 copies in three weeks, and it was only 4000 words. I think the standard for covers is very high, and I also think that the readers of literary fiction are sniffier than your average reader about reading self-published work, so you have to present it carefully.

But I think there is money there, for sure.

I think literary fiction appeals to a select few, it always has and by the looks of it, Kindle readers are not in that select few.  Very, very disappointing but you can only write what your inclination is, to do otherwise would be self betrayal and you would be lousy at it because your heart wouldn't be in it.

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« Reply #63 on: June 06, 2011, 06:45:07 AM »
I think literary fiction appeals to a select few, it always has and by the looks of it, Kindle readers are not in that select few.  Very, very disappointing but you can only write what your inclination is, to do otherwise would be self betrayal and you would be lousy at it because your heart wouldn't be in it.

I think this is really true. Those of us who can't write without delving deeply into the character of our characters are sort of stuck. However, I do find that we develop loyal followers. I just got a review this morning on one of my novels in which the reader said, "I didn't feel like I had dropped a couple of IQ points with often sticky, sweet, cutsey literature that women are forced to endure in reading books about women's issues."

That made my day!

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« Reply #64 on: June 06, 2011, 11:08:21 AM »
I've been obsessed with Kickstarter lately. (Ask dgaughran...) I can't help wondering if there might be some way for indie (I almost typed "self-pubbed" but I understand in some circles that's a faux pas.) authors of literary fiction to use it to their advantage. Though that might be another topic.

I've just had the idea for my next novel accepted onto Kickstarter. I danced around the room. Then I read the small print at the end of the email to learn that it is only open to US citizens. Damn! Grrr. Still its nice that liked what I proposed. Apparently they are working to break down those borders. If it takes me as long to finish this new book as it took to finish the last one then I might still be able to utilize it! 

Hi Xavier,

You can try the short stories for free -- downloads have picked up and are now over 400 -- Four Short Stories is #45 Free in Kindle Store  and #1 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Short Stories

That's twice I've been at #1 -- The Power of Persuasion was #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction but is now #2.

Shelagh, you've been at number 1? That's fantastic! Congratulations. That makes you literary luminary!

 "an explosive, brilliant and breath taking novel"
A wonderful coming-of-age story.
A heartbreaking, beautiful, romantic story, if you ever find the same love that these main characters have keep it!
"one of the most captivating stories I've read for years."
"poetic, tragic, contemporary, riveting, with striking and beautifully delineated characters - a really amazing read."
"tell all your friends about this unforgettable story"
"a work of genius""

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« Reply #65 on: June 06, 2011, 11:09:55 AM »
I've just had the idea for my next novel accepted onto Kickstarter. I danced around the room. Then I read the small print at the end of the email to learn that it is only open to US citizens. d*mn! Grrr. Still its nice that liked what I proposed. Apparently they are working to break down those borders. If it takes me as long to finish this new book as it took to finish the last one then I might still be able to utilize it! 

Well, sheesh, that really sucks.

I loved your latest instalment for #SampleSunday, btw.
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« Reply #66 on: June 06, 2011, 11:14:46 AM »

I loved your latest instalment for #SampleSunday, btw.

That's very kind of you to say! Thank you.

 "an explosive, brilliant and breath taking novel"
A wonderful coming-of-age story.
A heartbreaking, beautiful, romantic story, if you ever find the same love that these main characters have keep it!
"one of the most captivating stories I've read for years."
"poetic, tragic, contemporary, riveting, with striking and beautifully delineated characters - a really amazing read."
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« Reply #67 on: June 06, 2011, 11:36:06 AM »
I think this is really true. Those of us who can't write without delving deeply into the character of our characters are sort of stuck. However, I do find that we develop loyal followers. I just got a review this morning on one of my novels in which the reader said, "I didn't feel like I had dropped a couple of IQ points with often sticky, sweet, cutsey literature that women are forced to endure in reading books about women's issues."

That made my day!
Good for you, that's exactly what's about.  A book should teach as well as entertain and that's what I always tried to do.

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« Reply #68 on: June 24, 2011, 09:21:19 AM »
A book should delve and ask questions. Doesn't have to come up with answers but maybe suggest new ways of seeing.

 "an explosive, brilliant and breath taking novel"
A wonderful coming-of-age story.
A heartbreaking, beautiful, romantic story, if you ever find the same love that these main characters have keep it!
"one of the most captivating stories I've read for years."
"poetic, tragic, contemporary, riveting, with striking and beautifully delineated characters - a really amazing read."
"tell all your friends about this unforgettable story"
"a work of genius""