Evelyn Chartres Author
The Grand Project

The Grand Remodeling

What’s this? Is that a freshly printed manuscript of the Grand for copy editing? Yes! After the bulk of the heavy lifting was done with my latest work, I decided to follow some advice and work on remodeling my book.

How? As you might be able to tell from the image, this manuscript features dates accompanying major changes in era. This will hopefully make things easier for people to follow along.

This manuscript also features a heavy rewrite of the chapter which inspired the Van Helsing Paradox. A lot of changes were done in my latest work to clarify dialogue, so I felt these changes needed to be brought back to the source.

Once my copy editor is done with her changes, I will make sure to re-release eBooks and a print version to celebrate. Exciting!

Hmm, I wonder how many refills of red ink she will need?

It’s Always Nice

On occasion, I like to confirm that Amazon.com is still listing my eBooks as free. This also provides me with the opportunity to see if there are new ratings or if my rankings have markedly changed.

I loved this book. Trippy , fun read.

Today I came across the review below. I must admit that it’s always nice to see something positive!

I loved this book. Trippy , fun read.

On a side note, the review also shows that it was for the paperback edition! Until now, I always assumed that no one would even consider the print variant. From time to time it can be nice to be proven wrong.

The Portrait has Usurped the Grand

The Grand has performed well since its release. When it was classified as Horror on Amazon.com, the Portrait traditionally received roughly half the downloads.

Ever since I switched the genre to Dark/Urban Fantasy that trend has reversed. Since March the Portrait has been listed at least twice as one of top five-thousand free books on Amazon.com. This was the ranking for the Portrait taken on 1 April 2018.

  • No. 4,299 Free in Kindle Store
  • No. 145 in Fantasy -> Paranormal
  • No. 236 in Fantasy -> Urban

Whereas The Grand had the following:

  • No. 20,442 Free in Kindle Store
  • No. 406 in Fantasy -> Paranormal
  • No. 624 in Fantasy -> Urban

On the plus side, both books are seeing more traffic. So for me, that’s certainly good news!

Message Received

Well I think I found a trend for my reviews on Amazon.

“I was a bit put off by the use of italics for slang words, but understood that it was to emphasise that the word was slang for the roaring twenties.”

–and–

“I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he story and made it impossible to read.”

I got the hint. Just had all of those italicized words removed from my manuscript and uploaded a new version to Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. Fortunately Microsoft Word made that operation fairly painless!

A Silver Lining

I occasionally check Amazon, Smashwords, and Goodreads for new ratings and statistics, although I do avoid making it a habit. Yesterday, I was looking on Amazon and noticed that my rankings had improved. How? I have no clue, but its never been better!

Ranking on Amazon as of 15 Oct 17

There was also a positive review waiting for me, which is always nice. Perhaps I am generating some interest? Not bad since I cannot spend much time advertising my work.

Review made on Amazon on 14 Oct 17

This should help offset the bad review I got a month or so back. Perhaps in time the positives will outweigh the negatives!