Dean Wesley Smith had a post about starting out as a writer and there was math in the piece so you know that was a big turn-off for me. (Break out the cross and the garlic, you can't fool me, I know a number when I see it!)
I think it comes back to the same 3 or 4 points which admittedly are time-consuming. I'm sorry about that.
1) Write the best book you can
2) Get the best cover you can
3) Write the best description you can
4) Repeat 1-3 until you take up a lot of shelf space and potential readers can't help but run into you.
I know this will take years. Too long? Okay. Come up with a really great book that will get everyone's attention without the shelf space part. What's a really great commercial book? Probably something that's a lot like a Hollywood movie. Go to Amazon and look for a book written by a guy who wrote a bunch of Hollywood movies and made lots of money doing it. Sorry I can't remember the title. Maybe something he says will give you a hint on how you should be thinking about it.
I'm not convinced posting on forums and being reviewed helps. But maybe if they love love loved me at Goodreads, I would be saying to do that.
There is a small uptick in sales at BN--the horse books. I knew I shouldn't put them in the Kindle Prime Lending (how many more words go with this program?).
Nikon. The support person is very convinced it's simply a matter of the correct settings. My feeling is this thing should work without so much working at it. But she's being very professional about it. After 300+ test shots, at least ONE should be in focus. Or am I crazy?
I had an idea for something in the new year. I'll have to think about it. When it comes down to the writing, I've never been a good writer-for-hire type person. I write what I want to write, and other alien ideas don't come to me like they do to other writers.