Thank You

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped make my KDP Select promo for HIGH a success. Because of you, HIGH made it to #2 on the Women’s Fiction list and #4 on the Contemporary Fiction list. Also, I finally made it into the Amazon Best Sellers Rank (Top FREE 100) and made it to #57!

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I’ve recently heard that doing a KDP Select 2-3 day promo is better than doing a 1-day promo. Partly because you’re giving readers time to spread the word about your free book. Makes sense, right?

Below are the results from three of my KDP Select experiments. The first two were for 1-day promos.
February 20, 2013
Total FREE downloads: 740

February 23, 2013
Total FREE downloads: 1,644

3-day KDP Select Promo:
August 2-4, 2013  (Friday-Sunday)
Total FREE downloads: 4,969

Yikes. You just gave away 4,969 FREE eBooks! You’re right. I did. But that’s okay. The whole point of the promo is to get my book into as many hands as possible and hopefully, create a buzz. Besides, I was thrilled to see HIGH climb the charts. 🙂

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So what happens next? Well, hopefully more reviews and more sales.

Questions about KDP Select? Click here.

Giveaways and Twitterviews

They weren’t kidding when they said that writing a book would be the easiest part—marketing would be the hardest.

So as you know, I recently tried KDP Select. I recommend it to any new authors out there. Just remember that because you’re giving away your book for free to thousands of people, it may not always end up in the hands of people who necessarily like your genre. But that’s the risk you have to take. Overall, I think it’s a great way to get your book out there, especially if you’re just starting out as an author.

Goodreads giveaway:
A couple of fellow-bloggers and authors have highly recommended Goodreads giveaways to promote my novel, HIGH. So a month ago, I decided to try listing my first Goodreads giveaway. I was hoping to at least get a hundred people to enter to win a copy of my novel. I was surprised last night to learn that 846 people entered! The contest ended today, so three winners have already been picked, and I’ve already sent out their copies of HIGH.

Ever since I listed the giveaway, I’ve noticed a small spike in ratings and reviews. Sales hasn’t been spectacular, but it’s better than it was before.

So would I recommend Goodreads giveaways? Absolutely. It’s free and effective.

Rafflecopter:
Have you heard of Rafflecopter? I just learned about it about a month ago during my HIGH Blog Tour. It’s an easy way to run a giveaway. I tried it during one of my Blog stops, and the experience was definitely painless and fun.

Yes, I’d recommend it.

Twitterviews:
Let me start by saying I am still getting used to Twitter. I honestly don’t know how to use Twitter to advertise my book properly. So if you have any tips, please share. I’ve posted a few things here and there, but that’s about it. Sometimes, I even forget I have a Twitter account. Anyway, I’m working on it.

So because of my poor Twittering skills, I decided to try for a paid advertising service for a twitterview.

What is a twitterview? It’s a live interview done via Twitter. Followers can ask the author questions, etcetera. The idea is that it’s supposed to attract more readers and followers. $75 later, I gained 3 new followers, and no added sales.

Would I recommend it? It depends. It may work for others. Unfortunately, it didn’t for me. I say, save your money.

And so, the marketing journey continues. I still have a lot to try and learn along the way. I’ll keep you posted on how things go.

In the meantime, have you tried any of the above marketing services? How was your experience?

Any other marketing suggestions?

 

 

My KDP Select Experiment

Whew! My HIGH Blog Tour is over. So was it worth it? Well, all I can say is I’m glad I did it. I’ll write another post about the experience another time. For now, I’d like to write about my experience with KDP Select.

I’m sure that most of you are familiar with KDP Select. If you’re not, it’s basically a program for writers that Amazon launched not too long ago. It gives writers the opportunity to list their eBook for FREE for five days within a 90-day period—but they have to agree to sell their enrolled book(s) exclusively only through Amazon.  Some people don’t like this exclusivity, others don’t mind it. After researching online and reading success stories from other authors who have used KDP Select, I decided to do my own experiment and enrolled HIGH in the program in January of this year.

The Advantages of KDP Select 

I’m a new author. Aside from my blog followers, my family and close friends, no one else knew about my novel, HIGH. Other authors have said that giving away their books for free for one day, two days or even five days, have helped increase their sales later.

I wanted more sales. Most of all, I wanted more readers. So as much as it made my family cringe knowing I was about to give away my book for FREE—I went ahead and did it, and hoped for good—if not great results.

My First Try

A lot of the articles I read suggested that a two-day promo was better than one. But for some reason, I couldn’t do it. I was too nervous about the FREE promotion that I decided to try it for one day.

I picked February 20th, a Wednesday. I set my alarm for 7:30 a.m., and by 8 a.m., I checked to see how many units were “sold”. I was hoping for maybe ten or twenty. My eyes grew big when I saw: 192. When I checked amazon.com, I was completely surprised to see this:
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I checked my status obsessively throughout the day, and I must say the experience was exhilarating.

By 10:30 p.m. I “sold” 740 units! This was my ranking at the end of the day:
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For a first try, I thought this wasn’t bad at all.

The next day, I waited to see if my sales would improve. It didn’t.

My Second Try

I decided to do the FREE promo again for HIGH, this time on February 23, which was a Saturday.

By 2:30 p.m., this was my ranking:
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At the end of the day, I was pleased to see a total of 1644 units “sold”. When I checked Amazon, I was thrilled to see this:
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The Results:
After my second experiment with KDP Select, I began receiving more reviews on amazon.com. I also noticed that my sales improved—not by a whole lot, but it was definitely better than before.

So would I do it again? Sure. The most important thing for me right now is to gain new readers. KDP Select has helped me do that. HIGH is now in the hands of  2,384 new readers. I think that’s pretty fantastic.

There are other perks to enrolling in KDP Select. Click here to learn more.

Have you tried KDP Select? How was your experience? Would you recommend it to other new authors? 

New Friends in Old Montreal

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Am I really here? Because the lack of sleep and the temporary jolt from the caffeine this morning have left me wondering if I conjured all this up in my head. It’s possible. But my doubts fade fast, and everything becomes real as soon as the cobblestones touch the soles of my shoes, and we walk past narrow streets surrounded by historical buildings, and I hear Chad’s voice.

“This is it. This is Old Montreal,” he announces, spreading his arms. “This square is ‘Place Jacques-Cartier.’”

I inhale slowly, soaking it all in. I step forward and backward, my neck twisting and turning, memorizing every corner. I feel an instant connection to this place. Something about being here grabs me and infatuates me. I begin taking mental pictures of the narrow alleys decorated with rows of artists and vendors. I start imagining myself dining at the sidewalk cafes, sitting there with Chad during the summer, spring, winter, and fall. I get this strong desire to take off my shoes and walk barefooted on the cobblestones as if I have found my new home. But I leave my thoughts and emotions to myself. Instead, I look at Chad, who is watching me with a smile that melts me away.

How did I get here?

—HIGH by Corey M. P. (Chapter 4, New Friends in Old Montreal)

Available now on amazon.com.