Ten days ago I wrote about Marketing Mayhem and how confused and frustrated I am by doing the whole promoting thing by myself. I have been running my first KDP Select promotion for my birthday. I offered INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders free for August 22 and 23. I had no idea what to expect.
Although the numbers are making a little more sense now I wasn’t sure how they actually give the book credibility and sales. I even asked on one of the groups I belong to how many books I should expect to give away during the free promotion. The answer? “It depends on genre, publicity, and days of the week.”
I want you to know that even as I have complained, been frustrated and tired, all the hard work paid off. It is the morning of the second day of the free giveaway on Kindle. Inzared currently ranks #3 in Family Saga and #3 in Historical free eBooks for Kindle on Amazon.com. The book is #57 in Free Downloads – woo hoo!
I am amazed and humbled. Who would have thought so many people would be interested in the subject matter and in something I wrote? I am feeling validated as a writer, excited beyond my wildest expectations about the future of the series, and (tired!).
I guess it’s pretty hard not to wear yourself out doing all the work necessary for promotion, but I am here to tell you it’s the most important thing you’ll do for the success of your book. While I started a couple of months ago to get ready, I still hadn’t done everything necessary. I was given a link yesterday to Indie Review Tracker on one of my groups that was very helpful, even if in hindsight. Next time I’ll be even more ready.
All I can say is don’t give up, get the word out and enjoy the ride. I sure am! I’m heading on over to the stats on Amazon – who knows what today will bring?