Royal Deception went out in two email blasts yesterday, the Fussy Librarian and ReadCheaply. Between the two, 50,000 people had the chance to see my book cover and blurb. I won’t say yet whether the promotion was worth the money it cost, but I expect it is. I’ll never know how many people downloaded the sample of my book or added it to their too-read list. Perhaps the next time I try a promotion, the people who half considered it this time will buy the book next time. In this regard, the benefits are boundless. I’ll see if next week looks anything different from last week.
Oh, and Royal Deception is on sale for $1.99 this weekend. I’m exploring the Kindle Countdown Deal. It’s interesting. I know that I’ve bought books in the past because I saw they were on sale for a limited time. There are books I’ve passed up because I thought I’d be able to come back to them later for the same price, only to discover it was an unannounced sale a customer could not detect. Anyone can see Kindle Countdown Deals. If my books weren’t in KDP select, I wouldn’t be able to use the Kindle Countdown Deal, and any sale would be less effective.
Actually, I browsed the Kindle Countdown Deals yesterday (looking for Royal Deception’s listing, yes) and downloaded three samples. This turned into one purchase. I wonder what the typical numbers are. It seems fairly steady for me that for every 3-5 samples I read, I buy a book. Is that more or less than normal? Would Amazon ever consider letting authors see how many times their samples were downloaded? That would be neat, but I like statistics. (Well, I like statistics least of all the kinds of math, but I still enjoy the data crunching and trend predictions.)
Another recent consideration is that I’ve updated my first book. Part of me is embarrassed about it. Why couldn’t my book just be perfect the first time through? Why couldn’t I wait long enough until it was perfect? Alas, I didn’t. I may never have taken the leap to be published if I waited until the book were perfect. The first batch of print books had typos in them. The next batch had almost no typos, and some of the dialogue was smoothed out. The most recent update (just a few weeks ago, so few people have this version) is more different. It’s still the same story, but it has an extra conversation in it. With a removed word and sentence here and there across the entire book, I cut out about 20 pages. Oh, and I capitalized all the Your Highness titles. Apparently honorifics to royals are capitalized. Oops.
Basically, the newer version is here, but only for people who buy the book after October 1st. That’s not fair. Can’t I get the kindle owners an updated version? Answer: yes. But I have to ask Amazon and explain why my book deserves an update. This process makes me nervous, but I aim to try it soon. If you bought a kindle book in June but haven’t read it yet, just wait a few weeks. Let me get you a version without the typos.
Oi, I definitely have to trust God with these. I want to control my book and the sales and the content, and it’s easier for an Indie author to do so than a trad published one. Still, there’s a point where I have to step back and say, “You’ve got this, Lord,” and stop making a mess of things. I wonder if parents ever feel that way about their children?
(I first saw this meme on Rachel Aaron‘s blog/facebook somewhere and new I had to have it as soon as I had published more than one book. Well, here it is, and it actually applies to me.)