The Sea Goddess has been in the top 100 in two categories on Amazon for the past couple of weeks (actually the top 50 in one of them). This has felt so incredibly amazing, because I’m actually seeing “sales” every single day. But there’s a catch. And a plan.
But I’ll get to that.
First, there’s a lot of done this far to try to make some sales. Everyone says the best way to sell a book is to write book #2, but sometimes I need a break from writing, and playing with promoting is kind of fun. It’s like the exact opposite of a math formula, because there are so many variables, and it’s hard to get the same results, even with the exact same numbers.
So things I’ve tried:
- Promoting on free sites
- Book Giveaways
- Free Days- on Amazon
- .99 Days- on Amazon
And what did all of this get me? I crept up in a lot of the categories, sold a few books, and received three reviews. Not super impressive.
So after I finished writing the second short story in my series, I tried something new:
- I asked Amazon to make my first story permanently free.
- They denied me.
- I waited a month or so and asked again.
- They did it for me!
I saw immediate results! Even though the downloads of my paid books have just been trickling in, it’s so exciting to see how many people are (hopefully) reading what I’ve written. It’s also neat to see my story consistently holding its place in the top 100 or top 50.
The plan, however, involves more than just having this one free story hovering near the top on a few lists. My plan involves catching the interest of my readers with this first story, which encourages them to read the rest of the series. And with any luck, that’s exactly what will happen.