I woke up to this:
Six inches, with a coating of ice, followed by a deluge of sorta rain, back to big floofy snow flakes. There’s not much traffic, schools are on 2 hour delay, and I ain’t going nowhere.
Not that I want to, but I’m an American. I have a right to drive my truck wherever I want, whenever I want… <Just pretend I didn’t say that. I’ll get another cuppa to smooth out my irksome bad temper> Besides, I never panic-shopped for this one and I’m actually out of a few victuals (translation: rolls, potato chips, low on coffee creamer).
Why is she so snarly, you ask?
Well, when I checked my email (the home account), I had 632 spam messages in Chinese (or Klingon) avowing a delivery failure or selling me a product I might have been interested in except it was in Klingon and probably laden with 12 really nasty viruses looking to overrun my computer and release state secrets to the Chinese/Klingon military.
See what happens when you watch
David James Spader on The Blacklist and screech bloody murder because… CLIFFIE! <Snerk, thanks John Booth, for catching my typo>
Then, there’s the matter of the Amazon ads offered as an exclusive to Kindle Select patrons (I have 5 titles there). It’s a pay-per-click program with a $100 minimum pot, but you get to set and experiment with the pennies-per-click rate in an auction where you are bidding against other author-advertisers for space on a title’s page in a genre/category you chose. You are only charged if someone clicks on the ad and goes to your title’s page. There’s no guarantee of a sale. You’re paying for a pointer to a product.
Yeah, I said the same thing, just not as politely.
For shits ‘n giggles I signed up Roman (Saints and Sinners) since it needs some love (aka sales). I started at 10 cents/click and had 32 “impressions”. Zero clicks, zero sales. Hmm. Obviously I’m not winning the war to get on the page, and even if I am there, I’m pond sludge.
So, I upped the ante to 15 cents and woohoo! I have 302 “impressions”. Zero clicks. Zero sales. I’ve yet to track down an actual page where my ad appears, but a friend told me the CLICK button looks just like a BUY button.
Color me underwhelmed. I don’t see this as the next big thing. No clicks, no draw down on my account, I get my money back. But then again, the Zon has my $$ for a month (or however long the ad campaign runs), earning interest, times however many
idiots authors like me took the bait.
Let’s just say this week is not off to a rousing start…