One month since I published A Gift of Time. I’ve sold about 100 copies and gotten 16 reviews on Amazon. I’ve got three free days left to use before I take it out of Kindle Select and start selling it other places, so I’d like to use them wisely. That means for the first time I’m considering spending money on some advertising, therefore doing some reading about indie book promotion, and oh, it’s just overwhelming.
There seems to be pretty much unanimous consent that 16 reviews is not enough. That says I should keep waiting for more reviews, but I have only two months left in which to use my free days, and scheduling days isn’t easy. Another thing I read said “don’t waste your money advertising a later book in a series, people won’t buy it.”
Ugh, you know, even writing this much — putting this twenty minutes of thought into it — has made my brain want to shut off. I’m going to have to get less resistant to this idea, but maybe that will happen for some later book. Like, much later. I think I’m going to go write some more of Akira’s honeymoon right now instead. But if you haven’t reviewed Time and feel inclined to help me out, a review would be useful.
And if you haven’t entered my Goodreads giveaway, you should! I’d really like the books to go to people who want them.
The first time I heard about your books was through Jennifer Crusie’s blog, maybe you could reach out to her again?
When the book was free I asked a bunch of friends to buy it, and one of them read it and gave a very favorable review on GoodReads, even if she had not read the other books, so I think you could definitely advertise it even if it’s part of a series. Good luck 🙂
That was so incredibly nice of her to do! And I wouldn’t dream of asking her to do it again. (I didn’t ask her to do it the first time, I think Judy mentioned it.) This is why I’m a marketing failure. 🙂
Judy, Judy, Judy said:
I did ask Jenny and she was happy to do it. I don’t know how you could find out more about her but Kristen Ashley is fascinating to me on this subject. She is very successfully self-published and only just now started getting some of her work published through more traditional channels. I would love to know how she accomplished becoming so popular underground. Other than the fact that her books are terrific, that is.
I’ll do some research on her, see if I can learn anything interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!