Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dancing with the Beast on Amazon: is Kindle publishing worth it?

So, good news--the results are still coming in, but so far Beast did much better than I'd expected during its free weekend on Amazon's Kindle Publishing program. The book broke into several lists at its peak, including…

  • Top 5 on free Science Fiction
  • Top 2 on SciFi Adventure
  • Top 9 on free Fantasy
  • Top 5 on Contemporary Fantasy
  • #141 Overall in the total free Kindle store

    I have to say, it was a blast watching it ride up through the ranks, and I will confess to checking the sales ranks a little too often, driving my family nuts with number updates, and likely oversharing on Facebook, too. Sorry about that, guys.

    But it was a lot of fun.

    Thanks to everyone who helped, through passing the word or forwarding or sharing a link--I think it really made a difference. I ran a small plug on Freebooksy.com, too, which helped get things running as well. Once the book started hitting Amazon's lists, I believe that drove a lot of sales too; sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. More external promotion, through other free ebook sites, may have helped too--I'll be trying those next time.

    Now, will the publicity translate into more sales once the free promotion ends? That's really the big question, and writers I've read elsewhere have reported both positive and not-so-positive results. I'll be sure to update the blog with details.

    If you downloaded the book, don't forget to review it on Amazon for a chance at a Kindle Fire at the end of the month. With only five reviews in so far, you've got a great shot.

    BTW, if you're a new reader of the blog and found the site after reading the book, be sure to drop me a note via the address in the blog profile. I'd love to hear from you.

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