I could use a little help

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well and not burning up either with the summer heat or the frustrating politics in D.C. : )

I’m writing because I could really use your help on something!

For my long-time subscribers of at least a year or more, you’re probably aware that last year I launched an experiment. I was going to launch a detective serial in which I published short stories every few weeks that ended with a cliffhanger ending. The idea was to build excitement and online buzz as people discussed whether so-and-so might die or whether this or that character was guilty.

There had been some success with such a model. And obviously, Netflix is proof cliffhangers can work in a long, edge-of-seat series. Heck, even a few indie authors had tried the serial idea in the romance genre and had great success. I figured I could do the same.

I was wrong. It was a spectacular failure. lol.

Unlike most of Washington, I’m not afraid to admit my mistakes. Readers hated that I wasn’t selling a full story and that they hated to wait several weeks for the next episode. I also unfortunately took longer on each book than I wanted. : (

In the end, I wrote six segments of the Detective Danny Acuff. They’re actually pretty good when you pull them together. But from a marketing/momentum standpoint, they were a disaster.

At one point, I had six titles for each segment, PLUS two three-chapter installments (1-3, and 4-6). That’s EIGHT titles for sale on Amazon, which is just stupid.

Sadly, the slow launch and overwhelming number of available purchase options led to the exact opposite of focus. Reviews were spread everywhere and with so many titles on essentially the same book, the series never gained momentum.

Which brings us to the present. I’ve gone through and compiled all six books into a single edition, put a much better title on it, and re-edited the whole shebang (tightening things up and ramping up the adrenaline even higher).

As such, here’s my ask for my devoted fans and followers. : ) (Hey, consider it the price of admission.)

If you’ve read the books and left reviews on one or more of them, can you jump on Amazon and write just a couple of sentences on the compiled version at this link? (Or click the link on the cover above.)

If you’ve read this far and you’re wondering what the heck you signed up for by “following” this website, you’re in luck. Since you’ve put up with a post that wasn’t motivational, and clearly read this far, send me an email and I’ll send you a free copy of the Kindle edition file of “Take Down.” No charge, obviously.

I’m typically pretty terrible at asking for help (it’s either a Southern thing, a Marine thing, or maybe an embarrassed artist thing), but I promise after this post that I won’t ask for any help again for a long time.

In summary, if you’ve read the books and want to help me, dropping a review on this consolidated edition would help a ton. (The link one more time because I’m just confident you want to take a couple of minutes and help me!)

And with that, I’m signing off.

Thanks a million everyone! And thanks for helping a crazy dreamer who’s still chasing a pretty crazy dream!

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell


Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thrillerdetective series, and World War II story. Learn more at http://stanrmitchell.com.

12 thoughts on “I could use a little help

    1. Hey Tony,

      Thanks for the comment and kind words! And honestly, I’m still convinced the series WILL work, but just as standard novels from here on out. But I can’t write more on this series until I get the first book selling better.

      This blogpost is just my attempt to get the momentum going on Book 1 so I can spend more time working on Book 2. (I really like Danny and want to keep writing about him!)

      Thanks again for the kind words!



  1. Sorry things didn’t work out. I don’t think your writing or story is to blame. The fact is, the cliff hanger gets the reader excited, but then he’s onto another post, another writer, another episode of yet another life. Don’t know if I’m explaining it the way I see it [you see I’m NOT a professional writer], but I hope you’re getting my point.
    Anytime I wrote even a 2-part post I found confused replies and lower “Likes”. If I was capable of writing a book, I think I’d just go with a synopsis of the story and/or a cheap trial period for some to buy it – then there’s always Goodreads. Don’t know too much about the business but many of my readers are authors. I’d be happy to refer you to some that I believe may be far more help than I.

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    1. There’s a ton of wisdom in this comment! I think you’re right. People get too distracted. And on that romance series I referenced, the author was putting an episode each week. Most people were barely finishing one up and the next one was already published.

      I seriously messed up by not being that fast, but by also splitting it up (in hindsight).

      It was a good experiment though, and you never know till you try! (I do know it was stressful writing under that kind of time constraint! lol)

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