To those of you who are waiting for This Would Be Paradise: Book 3, I say: don't worry, I have not forgotten about it or left it to rot. Life has been hectic these last couple of months with buying my first home, family matters, personal and health issues, and well, you don't really want to hear anymore of that do you?
Excuses aside, I am chipping away at Book 3, having gotten myself a little stuck with it at first. I can say (don't worry, no spoilers :P) that it picks up only a week after the incidents at the end of Book 2 and dives right into the action by chapter 1. Perhaps if I'm feeling in the mood (get your head out of the gutter!), I may post a teaser snippet on here ;).
If you are ever curious about the status on Book 3, you can check out my 'In The Works' page for a word count update or even the side of this blog has a word meter to track my (glacial) progress. I *promise* to be good and update it every time there's a big change!
I know this isn't the news some of you wanted to hear, but hey, it's news at least! Right?
*Hey! Who threw that pointy object?!*
I got the idea to document my promo line-up from Kboards Writers' Cafe. I don't quite feel confident enough to post it there, so my blog is the next best thing. I will reduce the price for the first book to 99¢ on Amazon and all other retailers a couple days in advance to make sure the price change is properly reflected when the promotions start.
April 14th (Thur)- Betty Book Freak ($12 USD) EST. Sales: 10
April 15th- BookRaid (Free) EST. Sales: 2-4
April 18th- (Mon)- FKB&T ($30 USD) EST. Sales: 30-35
April 19th- BKnights ($15.75 USD) EST. Sales: Not many as they gave me a full refund
April 20th- Book Barbarian ($15 USD) EST. Sales: 25-27
Total Cost: $72.75 USD (significantly more in CAD...)
April 21st - Change price back to $2.99
The estimated sales are only for TWBP: Book 1. Book 2 sales peaked on the 14th then steadily fell throughout the whole promotion.
FKB&T had the best results, but I was expecting Book Barbarian to be higher due to all the love for it on Kboards :/ BKnights was a bust BUT they gave me a full refund without me even having to ask for one. I guess they work better for free books, not 99¢.
My Amazon ranking didn't do any dramatic jumps so it's not really worth reporting. Also the other miscellaneous eBook retailers maybe sold a combined 4 books during the promo.
Overall, not the most successful promo run. But now I know which ones to use next time!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I signed up and paid (~$11 USD) for a spot in the Fussy Librarian's eBook newsletter. On the day of the email blast I didn't see much of a difference, but the next day I sure did. It ran on January 24th and by the end of the day on the 25th, I sold the most books I ever have in a single day.
I suppose this could be due to the majority of people not opening their emails until the next day (coincidentally the 25th was a Monday, so maybe people were trying to kill time at work by sifting through their emails). Or, it could have just been a case of right time, right place - who knows. I'd really like to get the stats on how many people clicked the Buy link for my book in the email, but I don't believe the Fussy Librarian has a way of monitoring that.
My verdict? I will definitely be using them again!
I finally got a professional cover made for This Would Be Paradise: Book 2! Dave did a wonderful job putting up with my nitpicking. If you're in the market for one yourself, please check out his website: http://www.limelightbookcovers.com/