Tuesday, July 3, 2012

KDP Select : Round 2

Shortly after releasing my debut novel, The Night Train, I took advantage of the KDP Select free promotional option and gave my book away for two days. Downloads soared. People read it and gave me great feedback. But I'm not sure it helped my sales afterwards.

Last week I decided to try again. I planned in advance, prepared myself to tweet the daylights out of it. Notified some of the sites that promote such things, and sent out Facebook event invitations.

My promotion is three days: July 2, 3, and 4. An Independence sale, if you will.

Life happened, and by life, I mean my day job. I'm a programmer during the day. Industrial automation. PLCs, HMIs, PCs, you name it and we do it. As luck would have it, I missed the first day of my promotion because I was stuck in a factory staring at two robots. My cell signal came and went, and made it impossible to do more than a tweet or two. Then, when I got home, ready to play catchup, I had a honey-do list waiting. My wife had bought a pool, so I spent the evening hauling dirt with my tractor.

This morning, day two of my promotion, I spent the morning in the factory again, staring at the same two robots.

Finally, I'm back at the office and have all my tools at my disposal. But I have a ton of things to do before taking off for the 4th (and the rest of the week). I have dial-up at home, which is almost as restrictive as typing with my thumbs on a cell phone, so the final day of my promotion will slip away pretty much without promotion.

So it appears my second attempt at utilizing KDP Select will be a bust. I haven't even check my download stats. Don't have the heart to at the moment.

Maybe tomorrow ... or the day after that.

4 comments:

  1. Cheer up Carl, you got at least one book review out of this. I can't wait to read it. I may be terrible at social media (but learning), but I rock at writing.

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    1. Thanks, Kat. This is actually turning out to be a pretty good promotion -- especially considering how little I did on day one. Can't wait to read your review and see what you thought of it.

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  2. I was completely wrong. The promotion netted me just under 10,000 free downloads. The after effect so far has been almost 100 paid downloads and 5 paperback sales in the week following the promo. Won't make me rich but it certainly is progress.

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  3. I was completely wrong. The promotion netted me just under 10,000 free downloads. The after effect so far has been almost 100 paid downloads and 5 paperback sales in the week following the promo. Won't make me rich but it certainly is progress.

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