So after putting out a whole bunch of true paranormal story books, I wanted to a change. I had been working on some short stories about magic, reality and the miraculous so I thought – why not? The blurb read well and I really love the cover… but what do I know?
THE PINK BUS.: Amazing Paranormal Encounters After Death by G. Michael Vasey
This is the first day of a new life. You wake up one morning, and you get out of bed. You find your slippers, light a cigarette, and look for her. Your wife is nowhere to be seen, the only thing you can hear is kids screaming past your house playing football. You walk down the stairs, half-asleep, and head to the kitchen. You want to pour yourself that morning elixir. You head into the kitchen, and you see the white envelope on the counter. You open it. It’s a card. The flowers on the front tell you that it was sent for an occasion. You open it and see your name. You’ve just read a sympathy card—and the sympathy comes from the fact that you are dead, and everyone is at your funeral. You are the occasion.
It all makes sense now. But all the things you should have done—all the things you wished you’d done—flood your mind. One question blurts out above the rest. You now know the answer, but millions of people on Earth still do not.
So now you know how it stands. But have you ever asked yourself, “What happens when I die? If I just cease to exist, then what was the point of it all?”
If you have, then these encounters will chill you. As we travel on our journey, we will explore tales of reincarnation, life as a ghost, life as a god, creating your own reality, and much more. Each is tinged with a little mystery and magic to make you wonder what is the meaning of life.
La-La land is that place we go in our imagination when we daydream. It is a land full of magic, mystery and endless alternatives, tinged with a bit of fear, doubt and uncertainty.
I think this may well be my most poorly performing non-poetry book…. it died an almost instant death. There don’t appear to be any reviews either. It has sold just over 160 copies to date including the audio book. Sad. I like the book.
And so what to do? I needed to recover from this dead book but how? Well, we came up with an idea! Let’s do a series of ‘short’ Kindle books focused on aspects of the paranormal. The Paranormal Eyewitness Shorts Series. Just to be doubly sure, let’s make the first about the Black Eyed Kids as well and so the first book in the Series appeared called aptly – The Black-Eyed Demons are Coming! That did the trick selling over 470 books in double quick time. However, I withdrew this title a while ago after including it instead in two compilations – the first being Chilling True Tales of the Black Eyed kids.….. ad that one is still selling like hotcakes!
Next in the Series was another great seller and my favorite book – Ghosts of the Living. With more time to pull this together, it is more of an investigative book. The idea came when my Mum called me asking if she could experience seeing the ‘ghost’ of her still living sister? That whet my appetite and pretty soon I was exploring dopplegangers, astral projection and bilocation. I came to a startling conclusion as well based on meditation experiences – we can be in two places at once! Throw is a great cover and this one also did pretty well with almost 500 copies sold. It also carries a 4.8 out of 5 average review.
I immediately set off to work on the next which would be on Poltergeist. As with all things books, this one didn’t go as planned. So you launch a series. The first two do pretty well and then the third bombs. Again, its actually a pretty good book and I even changed the cover but to no avail. It struggled to reach 200 copies sold.
So, I’m not sure what to make of this experiment especially since the compilation of all three books – which makes a nice sized of paperback, True Tales of The Shadowlands, also hasn’t yet sold 150 copies.
I think it was a good idea to do the shorts as it allowed me to get several books out quite quickly and satisfy an interest that was there. But it didn’t bring the kind of success other books had brought.