Time is a funny thing. Sometimes you can go days, weeks, months, even years without talking to someone and then when you do talk to them it’s like a day hasn’t passed.
I sometimes feel that way with my book and readers. It has been a very busy summer so far and I’m appalled that it’s now half over. I have been achieving a great deal, but don’t feel that I’ve been great at keeping my blog current (or so I thought)… then I realized that it’s only been a week since I last posted! But wow what a week it’s been.
I received both proof copies of the print edition of Dreams of Beautiful Whisper! I was so excited that I didn’t even notice that I had the text on the spines upside down! Lol (A very good friend of my was kind enough to catch that one for me!) After having a good chuckle over that “oops”, I got to work with a few more tweaks, decided which print specs we preferred and voila! It is done, dusted and polished!
So now with both the eBook and the print edition fully finalized and ready to go, I decided to launch an Online Purchase Party event through Facebook this Monday, July 27th… which also happens to be my daughter’s birthday, so 25% of all royalties earned that day will be a bonus birthday present for her! If you haven’t joined please do so: https://www.facebook.com/events/825151110932108/
So what’s the deal with a set, online purchase party day? Well, the thing with Amazon is that they are constantly tracking all sorts of stuff and assigning books to a bunch of different “Best Seller” lists. I’m not really sure that I fully agree with it, but that’s their business. What it means to me (and all other authors) is that if we can get a group of people who are intending to buy our book to band together and do it all on the same day, then we stand a pretty good chance of jumping up into one of those Best Seller lists, even if only for a short time. By getting into an Amazon Best Seller list a lot of doors get opened for us and our books get exposed to a lot more readers around the world.
No one seems to really know exactly how many sales will result in a book hitting a Best Seller list, because there are so many lists and it depends entirely on the genre and level competition. But here’s an example, one of the categories that my book is listed in only has a total of just over 16,000 books (believe it or not that’s a LOW number). Now there are only 88 listed as coming soon and only 1 of those is releasing on July 27th, in that category and it’s not from a big publisher. So, there’s a pretty good chance that the 27th is going to be a quieter day in this category. Therefore, if I have a surge of sales that day, then I might get lucky enough to hit a Best Seller list for that category and that will raise all sorts of new awareness.
So for less than the cost of a cup of coffee at your favourite coffee shop, you could help to make a major difference in the success and momentum of Dreams of Beautiful Whisper gaining traction and popularity. For now, the eBook version is reduced to $2.99 (regular price is $5.98).
But I digress – that’s next week… so after sorting out all the stuff I’ve already mentioned, I finally took some time to tap into a system that my Mom had found in an article. Blogger Outreach. Make contact with bloggers to gain exposure for your book… simple enough… HA. Simple maybe, but incredibly time consuming! However, it is a very good thing. This Blogger Outreach system is very detailed and it really gets you doing things right, but it is by no means a quickie. Needless to say I have been at my computer an awful lot lately and sadly not doing as much “writing” as I would like. But I will get there. I’m getting this whole marketing gong show down to a routine and it’s finally starting to flow.
On that note, I’d best get back at it! Thank you all for your ongoing support – it is incredibly appreciated!