It may not seem a lot to some, but to me 1000 copies of Execution of Faith sold since November is huge. Perseverance is defiantly what you need and KDP Select free promotion really does help sales, 250 of the 1000 downloads happen last weekend in a 2 day free book promotion. Every time I’ve done one of these, its out preformed the last, if you combine the promotion with facebook ADs it boosts the result. OK it’s still small potatoes in the great scheme of things, but after the free promotion I still get book sales and more importantly I’m gaining good reviews on Amazon and goodreads
On the money side of things I’m still spending more on promotion than the book makes, but I expected that. The main thing for me is that people are genuinely enjoying the book, it boosts your confidence and has enabled me to write the second book in the series with enthusiasm. I have an idea that it will take about five years, and five or six books before any sort of noticeable income can be made.
On a more cheerful note, I could be wrong. Maybe I’ll manage to find one of the elusive book deals with a literary agent, and get my books into books store with the backing of professional promotion. Who Knows.
Until that happens I suppose I’d better do some work to pay the bills.
While I’ve been waiting for the message in my fortune cookie, from the last blog to come true. I’ve almost finished the second book in the Danny Pearson series, Vodka and Jellied Eels. And yes the second book was considerably easier to write than the first, I’m defiantly getting into a style and flow as I write now. It also helped my confidence enormously to have received good reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads for Execution of faith, thank you all.
Back to book two, it’s still the dream to get a book deal through a reputable literary agent. So after I finish my final edit, I will be going through the motions once again with submissions. I guess the trick is to keep positive and keep trying, I read somewhere that each agent receives around 2000 submissions a year, and depending on their workload with already signed authors, may or may not take one of the new submissions on. With the demand so high a previously high sales record and large 5* review list will give an advantage over someone without one.
That being said you’ve gotta be in it to win it, so if I don’t get a book contract on Vodka and Jellied Eels. I’ll carry on and have it edited and self publish it towards the end of this summer, in the mean time I have a title and storyline for book 3 in the series Beware the Chinaman. working on the same time frame as the current book that should be finished, edited and ready for self publish or hopefully a book deal this time next year.
The weekend after I publishing Execution of Faith I had a Chinese takeaway. In the bag were a number of fortune cookies, bizarrely enough my fortune cookie had the following message in “A CURRENT PROJECT WILL SOON BRING YOU GREAT RECOGNITION”. Weird yeah.
A couple of months on and the fortune cookie prophecy has come true…. Is what I’d like to say happened, but sadly I’m still waiting.
Nevertheless, undeterred, I’ve been experimenting with a multitude of different advertising. Firstly I’ve tried nearly twenty different adverts through Kindle Direct Publishing, key words, direct product placement, categories, all of which either didn’t get any impressions or clicks. Got impression no click or loads of clicks and no sales. In short not a great result.
I’ve tried advertising through BookBub.com which turned out to be a total waste of time and money.
In short the only thing I’ve found to work is Facebook advertising with a business page for the book. Great you say, well yes and no. Even when you get the hang of targeting audiences, it still costs more to advertise than I’m making off the book.
Why bother I hear you say, well the sales are high enough to get me into the top twenty in two amazon categories and top fifty in a third, the hope is that if I can keep it high in the categories, organic searchers through amazon books will find it and those purchases will take over. I’ll let you know how that works out in a future blog.
So that’s it for now, good luck all you self published authors and if you find the magic way to make a book a bestseller let me know.
Ok, its one month since I published my book with Amazon KDP.
It’s been a mixed bag of emotions, You’re glad it’s out there, but you worry no one will like it. That quite quickly gets overtaken by how the hell am I going to get anyone to see it on Amazon.
Anyway with a free promo and social media I managed to sell and give away over two hundred copies. One thing I wasn’t expecting is the number of books people that have downloaded it on Kindle Unlimited.
If you subscribe you can download the book for free. When people read it I get a report on pages read each day, at the end of the month you get paid per page. The amount depending on the size of the KDP Select Global Fund that month and global pages read.
All in all, I’m very please and extremely grateful for the support and feedback received. Obviously I don’t expect everyone to like the book but would always welcome your comments and feedback. If you’ve read it on Kindle Unlimited please let me know what you thought.
If you haven’t read it I’ve put the first three chapters in PDF below as a taster. Please feel free to download and have a look.
You make you millions, skip off into the sunset and live happily ever after. Nice idea but that ain’t going to happen. There are over 3.5 million E-books on amazon and double that in printed books, so the odds of a number one best seller are not great. But hey I still play the lottery and those odds are way worse.
So while you’re sitting at home refreshing your KDP sales report screen thinking its broken. You start googling how to get more book sales and how to promote my book. This then opens up a mountain of useful and even more useless information on how to do it.
The problem you will find is a lot of blogs with smiley faces and wonderful success stories somehow seem to lead an advertising or promotion angle. What a surprise, didn’t see that coming!
Then there’s the promote your book for free sites which either don’t or give you a restricted listing unless you pay and go pro. You may be sensing a theme here.
I’m not an expert and I’m still trying to work my way through what’s good and what’s bad. My advice to you is be careful. look at the sites and what they offer. Then google the hell out of them reviews, complaint or negative feedback. If they suck plenty of people will have posted about them.
As for the rest of it, unfortunately it’s a process of social media, websites, links and word of mouth. Try advertising with facebook, KDP select or Goodreads.com. I Found Whizbuzzbooks.com promote your book for a year for $49 which seems pretty good. I would suggest using a small advertising budget first to see if sales improve, then increase it or move on depending on the outcome.
I definitely don’t want to appear negative. If like me you spent a year or so writing your book, you’ve probably got the patience to work out the minefield of promoting it and selling it.