I have to share this! (kindle) :D

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So... I released the novel and it got stuck. The other lil book keeps going slow and steady, but this one... NOPE.

In the rankings, it was nowhere to be found.

The promotion is different from these to non fiction, there are pretty much no keywords, it is all about branding.


Yesterday and today I put the free days, and it climbed to #4 in both historical and epic fantasy!

It was downloaded 746 times, and it is 436 in the general free rankings.

With the other lil one, I saw an increase of 50% in sales after the free days, but that one goes steady.

Maybe this one starts moving... certainly hope so...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomas Lodén
    Good luck and pls keep us up to date.. Im very interested in this as im writing a book right now.. go go go
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Tomas Lodén View Post

      Good luck and pls keep us up to date.. Im very interested in this as im writing a book right now.. go go go
      Thanks! I will update after the free days finish with the final count and with reals sales, if any.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    I hope it sells too!

    Isn't it fun watching those free downloads? I set mine to free over a weekend. Couldn't stop refreshing and tracking the count. Fun stuff.

    Hope you sell lots of copies.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Lori Kelly View Post

      I hope it sells too!

      Isn't it fun watching those free downloads? I set mine to free over a weekend. Couldn't stop refreshing and tracking the count. Fun stuff.

      Hope you sell lots of copies.
      Yep!! it is a lot of fun. It is also puzzling. In the other book, the free downloads were 400 and something, and it was pulling 1.5 sales a day or so, later moved to more or less 2.5 sales a day.

      In this case, it was stuck badly... and now it is exploding 765 downloads right now. I don´t really get the numbers... this market is very different.

      Sometime ago we played with idea of increasing the assessed value of the book increasing the price before giving the free days. I did this with this book, took it from 99 cents to 2.99. That might be helping.

      Also the connection channels opened by the free days promoting sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I have yet to publish my first fiction novel and I am encouraged by your stat. I have had some success with non fiction but my target is fiction. I think fiction is more profitable, especially the YA sub-genre...
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I have yet to publish my first fiction novel and I am encouraged by your stat. I have had some success with non fiction but my target is fiction. I think fiction is more profitable, especially the YA sub-genre...
      Go for it! Now, be ready to brand A LOT.
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

    So... I released the novel and it got stuck. The other lil book keeps going slow and steady, but this one... NOPE.

    In the rankings, it was nowhere to be found.

    The promotion is different from these to non fiction, there are pretty much no keywords, it is all about branding.


    Yesterday and today I put the free days, and it climbed to #4 in both historical and epic fantasy!

    It was downloaded 746 times, and it is 436 in the general free rankings.

    With the other lil one, I saw an increase of 50% in sales after the free days, but that one goes steady.

    Maybe this one starts moving... certainly hope so...
    Let's hope it will, good luck with sales!
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    • Profile picture of the author playerrich33
      Good job and keep us posted. I have several fiction/Horror/Mystery book also.
      Some sell others don't. I like yourself keep trying.



      Originally Posted by Velant View Post

      Let's hope it will, good luck with sales!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I've got one that started today. Got off to a slow start. Amazon's TOS says it could be available for free up to "...several hours..." after midnight Pacific time. For me it was a bit more than two. Beginning to pick up now. I have at least one paid promo for each of the five days.

    Also, freebooksy emailed me saying they made The Truth Witch one of their featured freebies today. Know why? The cover. Covers make a BIG difference. Good luck Sandra. BTW, love the cover on The Pearl.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post


      Also, freebooksy emailed me saying they made The Truth Witch one of their featured freebies today. Know why? The cover. Covers make a BIG difference. Good luck Sandra. BTW, love the cover on The Pearl.
      They did? awesome!! congrats!! It is a nice cover.

      Thanks for the kudos on the cover! I had a lot of help. Tink, Paul and Conz were amazing! (TY!!!!!!!! I hope I didn´t forget anyone... that would be sooo embarrassing)
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    Sandra,
    If it's free for a couple of days, make sure to add your book to all of the sites that promote free Kindle book promotions (if you haven't already).

    If it gets picked up by even a few of them, it will surge your downloads big time!
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Paul Gram View Post

      Sandra,
      If it's free for a couple of days, make sure to add your book to all of the sites that promote free Kindle book promotions (if you haven't already).

      If it gets picked up by even a few of them, it will surge your downloads big time!
      Yep!! I did. I´m sure there are many more. I used

      Author Marketing Club - Free Book Marketing Resources & Tools For Authors submission page (Thanks Lee!!)

      also they have a forum,

      and there is Amazon forum MOA (Meet our authors, the only forum where authors can do promotion),

      and all the other channels I created for the novel per se: the squidoo lenses, the site, places where I put the rss of the site, etc...

      Did anyone try press releases for this? it could be done, I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Pretty sweet, Sandra. Let's hope you get to see more sales. I recently published a similar story (epic, fantasy) and it's sold an AMAZING (not) 2 copies this month. So yeah, that genre is tough to crack.

    And thanks for posting that author marketing link, I just signed up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Diablo2 View Post

      Pretty sweet, Sandra. Let's hope you get to see more sales. I recently published a similar story (epic, fantasy) and it's sold an AMAZING (not) 2 copies this month. So yeah, that genre is tough to crack.

      And thanks for posting that author marketing link, I just signed up.
      Anytime

      ...........

      ok... stats...

      The free days are over, there were 919 downloads.
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      • Profile picture of the author butters
        Congrats Not sure how you write a 268 page fantasy book (The pearl) hope the sales keep rolling in .
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        • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
          Originally Posted by butters View Post

          Congrats Not sure how you write a 268 page fantasy book (The pearl) hope the sales keep rolling in .
          Ah.. it is not that hard, you just need a pinch of craziness and some fast fingers.

          re: sales

          Thanks!! (I hope the sales START rolling in... )
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          • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
            What I have personally found is that it takes thousands of free downloads to really get a spike in sales after. If you are picked up by a free book site that can help trigger those downloads tremendously.
            Congrats and good luck with your book!
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            • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
              Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

              What I have personally found is that it takes thousands of free downloads to really get a spike in sales after. If you are picked up by a free book site that can help trigger those downloads tremendously.
              Congrats and good luck with your book!
              You were right.

              I think it is a matter of momentum. If the book is already selling, it does pick up a bit. If the book is not selling... this is not it.

              Interesting, I will probably need two or three books in the series before seeing any result. Better get to work.
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