Waiting on “Look Inside”…for a week???

So 24 hours after publication, there’s no “Look Inside” for A Great Prince. And Amazon’s response?

The “Look Inside” feature usually takes a week to appear after your Kindle book goes up for sale on Amazon.

“A Great Prince: A Royal Bad Boy Romance” was published on 11/03/2015, so you should see the “Look Inside” feature on your Amazon detail page by 11/10/2015.

You’re kidding, right? There’s a “30 day cliff” on Amazon – that’s how long you’re visible on new releases. You’re telling me that for 25% of that time, I may not have a visible excerpt? Is this new? Because that is a book killer, right there.

Yeah, it’s Post Pubbing Depression time again! If I was a real pro, this is when I’m supposed to be beating the word “excited” into the ground. “So excited to tell you about my new release!” Instead, here I am, sharing the dread and dismay that every author really feels in the immediate wake of publication: it’s a failure, it’s all for nothing, it’s doomed. Well, shit, without a Look Inside, it just may be…

I’m debating whether or not I can flog it in the M/M Facebook groups – “M/M author Brad Vance’s first M/F romance!” It’s worth a try, if they boot the post, they boot the post…

I did accomplish a bit of a workaround, via Authorcentral. There you can add your editorial reviews as well as “From the Inside Flap” and “From the Back Cover.” Pro tip: when you run out of the mingy amount of space Amazon gives selfpubbers to include pro reviews (seems to be no limit on how many they can cram in for tradpub books), add more reviews on the “back cover.” I put an excerpt in the Inside Flap, but I clearly need a longer one, at least while the book is being slowly smothered with a pillow without a “Look Inside.”

StrengthAnyway, I’m nearly ready to fall crying into the arms of Marc and Jesse, cuz I know I can sell a copy or two of that. The only solution to PPD is to get myself irrationally exuberant about the next book in the queue – like Jerry Seinfeld as the bee in Bee Movie, I have to wham into that window again and again, and still say “This time! This time! This time!”

Events are overtaking me in the Bitcoin department – holy crap Bitcoin ZOMG! When I started working on this, the “Satoshi hoard” of 1m bitcoins was worth $235,000,000. (It’s writing out the zeros that really make it impressive, n’est ce pas?) As of this morning? I mean, as of this second, because it’s fluctuating…$478,000,000. I bought some BC when I started this project (and like every investor who sees a runup, I kick myself for not having bought more than I can afford to lose). The irony is I may make more money off that than I can make off most books! (Or I could lose it all, it’s all paper gain till you cash out.)

The reason(s) for the runup are a mystery, but it could be Chinese investors looking for a new bubble, now that their stock market has crashed, it could be the article on blockchain tech on the cover of The Economist (though they cheekily put an Eye in the Pyramid on the BC symbol for the paranoid conspiracy theorists out there), it could be the Winkelvii and their new exchange, although they’ve been involved in BC for a while. Basically, you can probably boil it down to a grizzled old prospector dancing a jig by the creek, shouting “Gold! Goooold!”

Still, shit in the legit department is moving fast around Bitcoin. USAA, the bank for armed forces members and their dependents, is now going to allow its users to see their Coinbase bitcoin account values on their USAA account page! Just a few months ago, Coinbase credit card transactions were denied by USAA as “suspicious transactions,” so that’s an amazingly fast policy turnaround for a big bank – or any big company, for that matter. They made the decision based on how many of their armed forces customers were interested in the currency.

Of course, by the time I finish writing the book, the “hoard” could be worthless. Seasoned vets of BC have seen the price go as high as $1,124 two years ago…and then dived to $100 or less, bounced around wildly, and has been “stable” in the $200-300 range this year, until this last week or two. Of course the advantage of self pubbing is that you can put in that day’s price the day you publish!

I’ve reread Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, one of the first novels to deal with cryptocurrency. It’s been entertaining, mostly. There are some long, um I suppose “Rabelaisian” is the right word, passages that might amuse some people (an extended paranoid rant by an unstable genius, a long scene in which advanced math is used to divide property in a family estate), but yeah, I skimmed those. He does battle scenes really, really well, and of course the range and depth of his research is astounding. And I’m making steady headway in The Codebreakers, to my surprise.

I guess what I really had to get from my research so far was a feeling that there were things I didn’t need to know. That I could create a set of puzzles without being a “mathemagician.” Cryptography and cryptanalysis aren’t exclusively the domain of the mathematically inclined. A good riddle is a cryptogram, for instance, that requires non-linear thinking to decrypt. A message concealed in a series of stock transactions (wherein, say, the message is in the stock symbols and the key is in the # of shares sold) is a cryptogram. A string of IP addresses, with a message embedded in their metadata keywords, is a cryptogram. Sure, you could solve all of these with a huge enough computer…if you know where to look. You can’t apply all that raw computing power to a message until you find the message. So for me, this story will be about how well the messages are hidden, and the sort of mental gymnastics it takes to find them.

So my intellectual confidence is high enough now that I can design a plot for Strength in Numbers. I just need my PPD to pass and get my headspace back to irrational exuberance, and I’m off to ram that window again.

7 Comments on Waiting on “Look Inside”…for a week???

  1. Best of luck with the sales, but dude I think you need something for these mood swings, I getting dizzy 🙂

  2. I personally don’t use ‘Look Inside’. I use the free sample. It’s far more convenient, It’s delivered quickly and easier to read on a smaller device, like say a smartphone, which most people use.
    The Mobile web version of Amazon doesn’t have look inside anyway. There’s just the ‘send free sample’ button. So hardly think this will prevent people from checking the book out.

  3. Only the desktop version of Amazon uses the look inside feature. The mobile version of Amazon and the dedicated Kindle storefront use the Sample feature.
    I was able to download the sample in one second. https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/kcp/tos.html#stos-bookmark

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