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Yesterday's Brew Day/ Books Still Selling After the Promo
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***If you don't homebrew beer or aren't interested in homebrewing beer, skip the next long paragraph, which is rather technical. I've read a shelf load of books on homebrewing beer and have been doing it for 7 years.***

The Imperial IPA I brewed yesterday ended up as a strong IPA. My efficiency for stronger beers tend to be very low. So, I get a lower percentage of sugar out the grain than I would for a lighter beer. I had to add 2 lbs of dry malt extract to hit an original gravity of 1.068, two points shy of the lowest original gravity for the Imperial IPA BJCP style. I would usually hit 1.080 if I had the usual efficiency I get with lighter beers. One day I will get a bigger mash tun (modified cooler), so I can do a thinner mash. I could have predicted that; but even before that, my strike water calculations, which have been reliable so far, gave me a mash temperature that was 12 degrees too cool. I had to boil a gallon of water and then heat and recirculate the water from the mash tun to the hot liquor tank and back to the mash tun to hit my target mash temperature of 152 degrees F. My strike water was hotter than it should have been, yet it failed to bring the mash temperature up to my target temperature. There was a storm coming, so perhaps the barometric pressure screwed with my measurements and timing. Thankfully, the storm narrowly missed us. Needless to say, it was a long stressful day. But the yeast is chugging along at 66 degrees F. And it smells good. It might be a little hoppier, due to the lower gravity. I left the hop additions as they were and added the dry malt extract in the last fifteen minutes. It will turn out great, though it won't be exactly what I set out to brew. That's the magic of homebrewing.

On another note, my ebook promotion ended yesterday, but the book is selling copies at the full price now. I've sold copies everyday for the past five days. I've sold books on seven of the past ten days. This is a big deal for me. I don't usually count multiple book sales per day or see books selling most days. I've sold copies of Acetone Enema alongside my promotion for The Torture of Girth.

I've simplified my sales copy for The Torture of Girth. I've uploaded what I believe to be the last edit of the book I will do. Admittedly, I've continued to edit the book after it went live. I've read it over and over, obsessively looking for typos and things like punctuation and inconsistent pronoun use ('it' versus 'he' or 'she' for creatures) that made it through the beta reads and edits. This is my first novel. Editing the book has been a Herculean task, and overwhelming. But I don't think I would trust anyone else to catch everything that needs attention or to correct it as I would. I would spend a lot of money and, then, do the work myself anyways. I uploaded a final edited version last night (which impacted two pages towards the end of the book).

I don't know whether it is possible to catch everything. It's why I have combed over it again and again, even after publishing it. Traditional publishers with their teams of editors miss things. So far, no one has called anything to my attention. Maybe I'm over-thinking it.

My Goodreads giveaway is coming up soon. I'll be giving away five autographed copies of the book. The contest will run from May 8th to May 22nd. Please be sure to enter for your chance to win. I'll post a link when the promotion starts.

If you've read the book, please write a short review on Amazon. I'm trying to get five or six Amazon reviews before I up my marketing efforts. It would be a great help to me.

Take care and stay tuned.


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