Happy New Year … briefly.

Happy New Year …

This is just a quick one to wish you Happy New Year.

I can’t say much this week. Christmas II is about to start, in Scotland, so I will be heading up there tomorrow and I’m busy packing and sorting stuff out before we go. There is an absolute craptonne I want to talk about regarding Christmas I at Mum’s. How it went (well, I think) and about being a carer; the sense of responsibility, the good bits, the bad bits and why God seems to think it’s his moral duty to ensure that I have to wipe somebody somewhere’s arse at regular intervals from now until I die. More on that story … next week.

In the meantime, one of those terribly strange conundrums has cropped up. Suddenly, yesterday, 439 people in the USA and 1 Canadian downloaded Small Beginnings, for free off Amazon, along with another 127 so far, today – I can’t tell where they’re from yet but I’m guessing USA again.

That’s pretty impressive. I doubt I’d get much more interest in the States than that if I’d scored the mother of all promotions that is a bookbub. It really is like the American bit of a Book Bub Featured Deal without the other countries on top. It’s bizarre. But also good. OK so the USA is the country with the lowest read through rate, but I’m still delighted. After all, I should be good for 10 sales on the next book if I get the usual 2% read through rate, only a fraction of those folks will read the book, you see. I’m guessing they were all the USA as well, possibly with another Canadian in there.

Also, so far, the Christmas Easter Egg (Nog) – The Last Word, has received 253 downloads so I’m pleased about that, too. It was only 8% of the mailing list people so I’ve resent it to them for next week with a ‘just in case you forgot this’ kind of message because it’s a busy time and some of them may have done.

While I was doing that, it crossed my mind that I haven’t checked my mailing list for non-openers recently. Having done so I discover there are over 800 and I have not checked or sent a do-you-want-to-stay email for over a year. Oops. So I’ve sent the, ‘Wanna unsubscribe?’ email letting them know I’m going to delete them and giving them a button to click if they want to stay.

The joy of that technique is that the people on that list are gathered with an equation that, essentially, says, ‘show me everyone who hasn’t opened or clicked an email in the last year, who isn’t on x, y or z list’. Then of course, anyone who clicks will automatically disappear because they’ll have opened something in the last six months. Mwahahahrgh! Cunning eh?

Right, it’s late now and I have to go to bed but before I do, I may as well remind you about the K’Barthan Not Christmas story as well. Yes, The Last Word is still available to read. AND I’ve corrected the bits where I pasted the same paragraph in twice – a chunk at the beginning and a paragraph near the end. 🙂

Here’s a bit more information:

The Last Word, A Christmas K’Barthan Extra

Shows the cover of The Last Word

The Last Word

Yes! It’s dark, it’s mid winter and in K’Barth that means only one thing. It’s Arnold The Prophet’s Birthday! The biggest holiday in the Nimmist year. As usual, the Grongles have banned any celebrations and worse, this year, to add insult to injury, they’re going to have a book burning on the Sacred Day but that’s not going to stop Gladys and Ada. Oh no. Here’s the blurb:

When Mrs Ormaloo brings the terrible news to the Turnadot Street Businesswomen’s Association that the Grongles are going to burn some more banned books on the night of Arnold, The Prophet’s Birthday Gladys and Ada decide to take steps. They even enrol some of the punters from their pub to help out.

The books are in a warehouse being kept under guard. Gladys, Ada, Their Trev and the rest of the group embark on a plan of devilish cunning to rescue as many banned books from the flames as they can.

Corporal Crundy is determined not to mess up his first assignment since his promotion. It should be easy. All he has to do is guard some books. Yeh. It should be a piece of cake but somehow that’s not the way it turns out.

Just to recap, this story is about the same length as Night Swimming and available in PDF, Mobi and Epub from Bookfunnel. Later I will add a second half to it and release it as a short story with a proper cover and t’ing rather than this slightly dodgy one what I done! Phnark.

To download your copy, click here

All that remains is to wish you and yours a fabulous New Year. I’m not going to say anything like, ‘Hey 2022 can’t get any worse can it?’ because in my view, that’s just tempting bloody fate. Instead, I’ll just say, here’s hoping we’ve bottomed out and things begin to look up.

 

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6 responses to “Happy New Year … briefly.

  1. Hi MT Hope the trip goes well. It looks as though the three days of solid snow around here that was going to drop on us has been much reduced (to the one day Thursday 6th) and probably won’t be as heavy or as cold as threatened, and as we are relatively high up it is usually less dramatic lower down.

    In the unlikely event of you being blocked we are at midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    That ’non clicking people’ list sounds useful, I do a car-club magazine quarterly http://midgebuilders.homestead.com/Latest-magazine.html and it would be nice to know, but I think my software lacks that kind of sophistication. My audience is getting older, and of course don’t indicate when they are going to fall off their perch.

    Here’s to a year of reduced arse wiping and increased nano wri. regards to the McOthers Jim

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    • Bless you, thanks, we got there in the end although I think we missed getting stuck on the A1 for five hours by about 30 minutes. 🙂 Close one!

      On Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 14:22 M T McGuire Authorholic, wrote:

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  2. HAPPY NEW YEAR AND CHEERS TO ALL!
    Let’s hope the only ball dropped in the world this year is the one in Times Square in New York City!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball

  3. Diana

    For a moment there I thought I’d missed another book announcement for “The Christmas Easter Egg.”

    Was relieved when I discovered that I had not missed it.

    I suspect that some of those download numbers are related to Christmas gifts. What a wonderful thing to add to a Christmas “stocking” — a link to a great book. May many of those downloaders read and love the story so that they become paying customers as well!

    Enjoy your time in Scotland!

    • Thanks. I hope you enjoy it, too and happy New Year! Here’s hoping about the new readers. I’m going to send a reminder out to the mailing list about the Easter Egg. Here’s hoping people pass it on and enjoy it

      On Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 21:50 M T McGuire Authorholic, wrote:

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