Armen Chakmakjian

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The hardest part about self-publishing…

In Random on November 30, 2010 at 5:05 am

So I’m trying a lot of stuff now.  I’ve joined reading communities and writing web sites.  I’ve tweeted my ads and built analytics into my website.  The issue becomes the thing in marketing/sales that is not really scientific, but deals with lots of data.  The question is conversions.   How to convert a person browsing a site (or even on a shelf) into a buyer.

Part of it comes from a compelling name for the work.  Part of it comes from word-of-mouth.  Part of it comes from the typical marketing mantra of Product, Price, Placement & Promotion.  And yet there are intangibles.  Does someone with influence come across the book accidentally?  Is there even a market segment interested?

Ultimately, for the artist, there is the resulting artwork.  It stands alone.  My suggestion for everyone out there is that each of you have a story to tell,  write it down…take a chance.    With modern technology you have nothing to lose and the world is waiting to hear your words.

Just after midnight….night all…

Figured out part of it…GA

In Random on November 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

because I was using forwarding and masking, the tracking code I was using on GA was no longer seeing the traffic. I disabled masking to see if the next set of tracking can be tracked.

A question about how google analytics work

In Random on November 13, 2010 at 5:23 am

So I’ve got google analytics in my book website, and I can see what traffic comes through my site.  However, Google expects people to come through the site, does it treat redirects from my new domain the same as someone who went through one of my old links that are here and there.

The  domain is

The website is

Just out of curiousity…

My book is now in PRINT (Drumroll please, Smitty)

In Kindle, Literature, Random, Science Fiction, Social Media, technology, web 2.0 on November 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

About 2 years ago, about this time of the year, I published a science fiction novel, Urtaru, on the Amazon Kindle that I had written.   It’s been available for a while and I’ve sold some copies (and even had to file a schedule C…boy did I felt made when I received the 1099 in the mail).

In the meantime I embarked on trying to self-publish it so that it would be available in print also.   In the process, I added a foreword to the book to explain how writing the story came about.   The side effect of releasing it as a physical book is that I’ve republished the kindle edition with the new foreword.  In the process I have also lowered the price of the kindle edition to the lowest price I can on my agreement with Amazon (yes they have a lower limit).    So my book is available on:

My Own Bookstore on CreateSpace for $14.99

The Kindle Store (both US and in the UK!) $2.99

You can read more about me and my book on my book website

or take a look at the brief profile Amazon provides for me as an author

In a couple of weeks, createspace will move my printed book onto amazon for me so you can buy it there also

BTW the print copy makes a perfect christmas gift (or at least one that will elicit all kinds of strange and humorous looks which you should record on a flip and post to YouTube).  I don’t think that when the recipient reads the book they’ll have the same looks, as I’m pretty sure they’ll be entertained for 326 pages.

And authors with whom I exchange follows out there on twitter and facebook, I’d appreciate a retweet or a via on this one.  Thanks!

Now I have to go back to my SAP homework before class tonight.