Kindle Countdown Results

My first kindle countdown deal ended last night.  For the past week, Undead Love has been 99 cents.  I booked one small promo on the first day for $7 through Bookraid and I think I received a good ROI.   Over the course of the week, I sold 28 books.  This is almost as much as I did for the entire first month, so I will call it a success.  Not sure how many downloads I received through KU, but I was consistently ranked in the 20,000s for the duration of the week and my KU page reads have remained steady.  I’m interested to see how this affects my sales over the next few days now that the promo is over.  If my theory is correct, I will see an increase in page reads due to the people who downloaded while it was on promo.

Now, it’s time to get to work.  This was the only big promo I have until book two is ready.  I’m almost halfway through with the first draft so I just need to buckle down and get it out.  I do have a review and one facebook event coming at the end of the month that might move a few books.

Until next time.

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Undead Love on sale for .99

My first kindle countdown deal is live.  You can pick up Undead Love for .99 for the next week.  I’m excited to test out the effect this has on sales and determining launch prices of future books.  As a bonus, here is an alternate cover that I decided not to use.

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It had more green hues,the zombies were a little smaller, Polly was wearing dog tags, and Rus had a tattoo on his arm.  What do you think?

One month of Undead Love

It has been one month since I published Undead Love.  I can hardly call my novel a hit, though it has done decently for no promotions and only word of mouth advertising.  There are people doing better than me, and there are many people doing much much worse.  My favorite moment was when I broke into the top 100 American Horror list and was briefly beside a Stephen King title.  (Sorry for the potato quality.  It was late and I took a photo instead of a screencap.)

 

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This was definitely an eye-opener for me.  Carrie was published before I was born, and yet it is still steadily selling.  It is probably still ranked in that same spot, while I was only there for a day.  At least I have something to shoot for.  After one month, I don’t think I have gained any actual ‘fans’ that I know of, either on twitter or facebook, and my reviews are definitely lacking.  Here is what the numbers look like for the first 30 days.

Sales:  31

KENP page reads: 13,656

The kindle pages reads actually mean a lot more to me than the sales.  My novel is on the shorter side, at 137 pages long.  So according to the pages reads, it has been read through roughly 100 times in the past month.  I’m sure some of those page reads are people who might have started and not finished, but regardless, I think it shows there is promise for where my book can go.

As of right now, I will be hitting the dreaded 30-day cliff tomorrow,  but I will be attempting to combat that by running my first Kindle Countdown Deal starting September 9th.  I also have two cheap promotions scheduled that day and an upcoming review on a romance site.  I hope that all of these help to boost me in the rankings a little bit.

I have been running an amazon ad campaign for the past few days.  The cool thing about it is that you can spend as little as $1 a day on promotions.  That is what I have done so far, and while I have received some clicks, I have yet to have any sales that I know of.  After my countdown deal, I may experiment with raising the budget.

The best thing I can do right now, though, is to write the next novel.  I am saving the big promo sites for when I have a second book to funnel them to.  I am about a quarter of the way through writing book two, and I plan to buckle down and have the first draft finished by the end of the month.  I am also working on a rewrite of another novel under my actual name.  With a lot of work and a little luck, I could have three books on Amazon by November.  From what I have heard and read, the best thing you can do is get out the next book.  You never know when a book can strike a cord and become a hit. But really, the bigger catalog increases the money you make, and with 10 books that perform just as mediocrely as Undead Love, I could almost live off that.  It really is just a numbers game.

If you have read my novel, please take the time to leave me a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  It helps to give the book a little validity to prospective buyers.  Until next time.

-Lee