The elusive sales data… There are pros and cons to enrolling in Amazon’s Kindle Select program. Five days in every ninety of being able to give away the title for ‘free’, is a great marketing perk. The bad part is having your novel only available on Amazon. I was interested in having Diary of a Bad Boy available for library lending, too, where an author could gain a percentage from Amazon’s royalty pool. The book is near and dear to my heart so I really just wanted people to read it. That said, I decided to pull Diary from Smashwords and Barnes and Noble and see if I could pump some life into it. An experiment where I had nothing to lose - the book was selling less than five copies a month. You had to commit to ninety days, and they were upfront about the author needing to opt out of the program, because once enrolled they automatically renewed at the end of the commitment. I know other authors who utilized the program and did very well – reaching the top one hundred of the Amazon Free list.
Diary of a Bad Boy only got to 162, but I was pleased just the same.
I’ve been under killer deadlines for the past four months (yeah! Not complaining, lol) so I sort of forgot about the program until I heard a friend talk about how well she was doing. So just before Sleuthfest, I stuck Diary of a Bad Boy up for free – then went away and again, forgot about it. Poor Diary
So I tried again. This time I promo’d on my loops, facebook and twitter. I told people about it and asked my friends to tell friends. I almost didn’t do this topic because the numbers are so small, lol, but then I decided to be honest and share.
In the past six weeks, from 2/18 to 3/31, I have sold – not given away – 31 copies of Diary of a Bad Boy. It sells for 2.99. The book has never once been taken from the cyber library.
For the 3/1 to 3/3 promotion, I gave away 1242 free copies in the US, and 142 in the UK
For the 3/28 to 3/30 promotion, I gave away 2043 US copies, and 15 UK copies.
I’m hoping that the promo got my name in front of readers. I really can’t do much else with the royalties but get a manicure, lol. The numbers for Diary in the past month are consistent with my two other self pubbed YAs – Wiccan Chalice sells for 1.99, and Wiccan Wishes, a short short <g> sells for .99 – they are steady performers around the twenty five sales, each title, per month.
As you can see, I won’t be buying that mansion across the ocean just yet – but I am banking on the long term. I will continue to write and add more to my self pubbed list. I am selling with a small publishing house, and a boutique publisher. My agent is shopping to New York publishing houses – eventually, things should come together and one project will help the other. Then – look out mansion!!
My new older teen novel, Zombyre, My Love, will be available on Amazon and e readers everywhere April 6th. It is also available in print, if you prefer the old fashioned way of reading! Thank you, Rhonda, for inviting me to your blog!