Two Weeks In: An update

Two weeks have passed since I clicked ‘save and publish’ and sent Undead Love into the wild wild world of Amazon.  It’s been a great experience, full of ups and downs, and I have learned a great deal.  I have yet to do any promo outside of posting on twitter, facebook and here, but sells have been steady, averaging about 2 a day.  Not bad for launching under a pen name with no following.   I’m 7,000 words into book two, and when it is ready to go, I plan to invest heavily in promos for book one while it is dropped to .99 and hoping for a large follow through to book 2.

In the past two weeks, I have sold 26 copies and gained 7,800 page reads in Kindle Unlimited while maintaining a sales rank between 20-50k.

One mistake I made was launching the book at $3.99.  It was at this price point for two days before I decided it was better priced at $2.99.  For optimum sales, I probably should have priced it at .99 for the first week before raising the price the $2.99.  I believe this hurt my initial sales rank in the first few days, as people are less willing to shell out more money on an unproven author.

I also wish I had given out ARCs, so that I would have reviews coming in early on.  So far, I only have two reviews and I know this holding me back somewhat compared to other books on the hot new releases.

I’ve had a few down days over the course of this.  On 3 days, I had no sales, but on some days, I would sell 3 or 4 books.  It’s always scary after a day with no sales because I wonder, is this it?  Am I done until book 2 comes out, but so far, the next day invariably picks up again.

This Saturday was an extremely hard day for me.  I had zero sales and only 3 page reads.  This sent me into a bit of a panic and reminded me of one review that said my description was so cliche she almost didn’t buy the book, but after reading it she loved it.  So I began to wonder, was my blurb holding back my sales?  Commence several hours of trying to figure out how to fix this, rewriting, editing.  I posted on kboards, which is a great resource for self-published authors, and received a lot of great feedback.  I was stumbling across the top amazon kindle books, clicking their blurbs, wondering what it is that makes them work when I saw something that caught my eye.  One of the top books starts their blurb, not with content from the novel, but a general overview of what it offers the reader.  I took this and ran with it.  I started my blurb off with “An enticing debut novel, Undead Love explores loss and love in the desolation of a post-apocalyptic America.”  I didn’t change anything else, only adding this to the beginning.  In the next few hours my page reads began to climb.  It is only noon and I have over 1000 page reads, beating out my old record by over 100.  Could this be coincidence?  Maybe.  But it could also be the hook I was missing.  If it turns out to be a turning point in my sales, I’ll update again.  Otherwise, expect another sales update in two weeks when I detail everything I have learned in one month of being a self-published author.

Follow me on Facebook

You can now follow me on facebook !

Social media is a great deal of work and I now have a website, twitter, and facebook  and mailing list for my author profile all to occupy my time.   It’s a little intimidating trying to gain followers all the while posting relevant and intriguing information that people want to read about.  I’m not quite sure where the sweet spot is.  How many post do people want to read a week?  Do I post more to gain followers or does that risk overloading people to where they unsubscribe?  I don’t know.  I’m  going to try to use this blog to tell my self-publishing journey and use facebook and twitter for the other stuff.

I know a lot of new or aspiring authors are curious about results of self-publishing.  I know I was and am.  I’m constantly comparing my ranking with others who just started out.  Some people are breakout successes,  I don’t think I will be.  But I plan to keep writing and working hard so that one day my writing can pay the bills.  As I post a look into my journey, I will try to be as transparent as possible to help you see my successes and failures as this all unfolds.

One week in the books

It’s been one week since I published Undead Love.  The book has had slow and steady sales.  I managed to sell 16 copies and gained over 3,000 page reads in Kindle Unlimited.  It’s far from a heavy hitter, but it’s a start.  At one point, I was ranked 12,000 in all of the kindle store.   If all goes well, book two will be out in late October/November.

I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to review or share my book.  It means the world to me that people are actually reading something I wrote.