Marketing, a report

If you’re a writer, you’re looking for readers. Or why write anything in the first place?

So many books, so little time. How does the reader find your book among the sea of other books?

I enrolled my first two publications in Amazon’s Select program not because I expected a lot from the Kindle Lending Library, but because Amazon offers other promotions for Select books. One of these is the Countdown Deal, in which a book is bargain priced at $0.99 for a set time, then goes up in increments for a week. My first effort in this direction begins tomorrow.

Will it work? No idea. How do people find out about the reduced price? Better still, will they enjoy the first book enough to buy others? Will they be inspired to write a review?

I’ll let you know about sales results beginning day after tomorrow; information about reviews might take considerably longer.

Sales currently? Fairly slow. None, then one, then nothing. Occasionally there’s a spike. But generally speaking, the sales have flattened out. So I think it’s time to try ‘marketing’.

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2 thoughts on “Marketing, a report

  1. cawhiteman

    I have heard that the “Kindle Owner’s Lending Library” offers some decent traction in the rankings by offering your book for free for a period of time. It is limited to one “borrow” a month per account and the book is deleted when you trade it in for another. But it counts as a sale I think, for you. Worth checking out if you haven’t already. I use it every month. I am just about done with my capstone project, so I will pick up the second Wizard book this week as a little self-reward. Good luck.

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    1. jlknapp505 Post author

      I’ve had three ‘borrows’. They do indeed count toward my royalties, but that program helps Amazon more that it’s helped me; it’s a perk for Amazon Prime members.
      Still, there are sales happening. Slowly, but they’re happening, and soon I’ll have the fourth book ready to be published. And book five will be available within a month or so after that. My newest publication is on Amazon and also on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and CreateSpace. So far, only Amazon’s sales are worthwhile.
      But writing keeps me out of trouble! Who knows, you might try it too. I never expected to write, but when the bug bit me it bit hard!
      Capstone project?
      I wanted to ask how your preparations for college were going. Full time student, I’m guessing?

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