Two years in storage!
After joining a very interesting site (www.authonomy.com) and trying to get involved in order to pretend to myself I'm doing something worthwhile with regards to getting my book noticed, I found a forum thread that led me to another forum thread, which basically confirmed to me something that an author friend of mine had already alluded to... the free Kindle promotions I've been doing have become worthless.
Well, not worthless. I still get the occasional review of them (or maybe from one of my meagre paid sales that sometimes limp into view like an asthmatic greyhound), but the surge of sales I had after my first promo in the summer will most likely never be repeated.
It seems that self published books are now not showing up on as many 'customers also bought' feeds after they have been bought for free (or maybe actually bought too!). Apparently 2010 and 2011 were the years for doing the promo, with big dollar flying about post promo.
The Binary Man was finished in March 2010. I could have had two years of joy if I'd just grabbed that brass ring, and peed into the wind.
So it's going to be a long, hard road unless I get published, or promote the heckings out of my books (a painful task which I don't have enough time for if I want to actually write as well).
I think for the moment I'll just keep writing and pretend my other job is a dream... a long, twelve hour a day dream.