Saturday, May 30, 2015
It has been six months since publishing The Orthogonal Galaxy, and quite a bit has happened since then, much of it in the last month. On April 22nd, I decided to make the first novel in the Galaxy Series free on all distribution channels. To do so, I published it in ebook format on Smashwords, which then distributes it to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. Downloads have gone up significantly since then. In the first five months on Amazon, I had around 150 downloads, most of them during the five-day promotional period that I used on Kindle Select. In the last month, it has been downloaded over 500 times on Smashwords and an additional 70 downloads on Amazon.com.
Reviews have trickled in as well with the following distribution of ratings on Amazon.com, Goodreads, and Smashwords:
This give The Orthogonal Galaxy an average rating of 3.83 out of 5 stars.
I'm encouraged by the general positive reviews and warm feedback, and now feel the pressure to have a sequel ready by the end of the year. Considering that the first one took years to write, it will be interesting to see if I can get Book 2 out in one year.