Results from first kindle countdown promotion – A success? Yes….

1st 2nd and 3rd place after 60 hours kindle countdown











OK, deep breath. I’m going to digest it all and report on the five day countdown deal that was. I had my first ever kindle countdown deal from 15th to 20th December 2014 for my (also a first) fiction title Gypsy Hunted. If you read my previous post you’ll see I invested heavily in paid promotion from a number of sites at a cost of around $180. Did I make my money back, I’m happy to say yes I did.  Here’s how the book was ranking before the promotion:ranking prior to first kindle countdown deal

As I’m based in Melbourne I went to sleep the first night dreaming of making the top 100 best seller list the next morning.  As my book started with a ranking of #113,000 and was selling maybe 7 copies a week tops, I think I was living in la la land there.

I was still shocked to wake up and found only 10 people had bought it at 0.99 cents though:

That first day I sold around 30 books, around 5 of them KU (kindle unlimited borrows)

I was so excited at the jump in ranking I took screen shots as I went so here is a runnning tally of progress in pictures.  Note; 80% of the promotion websites sent out their emails to readers on the 15th.  Two websites, Digital Books Today and Ebook lister did so on the 16th.  I’m still unsure whether it is those two websites that got such big numbers on the second day (16th) or whether this was a follow on snowball effect from the day before.16 hours after countdown deal begannumber 5 in psychic mysteries

hour 20 after kindle promotion

after 18 hours of kindle countdownafter 44 hours kindle countdown48 hours after kindle countdown launchNO1 in psychic mysteries

So would I consider it a success?  Definitely.  I sold 263 books over 6 days.  Compared to my pre countdown deal average of of less than 1 book sale a day that’s over 250 people that now have my book.

Currently the book is ranking around the #14,000 rank mark and selling 8 books per day.  Of course that will decrease over time, but considering I made back the costs of the promotion and then some, I’m very happy with the promotion overall.

Literary agents and Amazon pre-orders

archway image for gypsy hunted coverI’m sorry readers I know it’s been a while since I posted. It’s been nearly two months which feels like a lifetime ago.  What’s happened since then and why the absence?  Well, primarily commercial work (I write copy as well as professional resumes and cover letters and have done for many years now) combined with three children (6,9 and 16) and plugging away at my manuscript.

Why so long?  (Maybe it hasn’t been that long in the scheme of things but it sure feels like it from where I’m sitting)

I’ve been editing and finalising Gypsy Hunted my first novel/fiction title.  What that means is email exchanges with my US based editor Therese Arkenberg, I send her 10-20K words and it comes back with changes, some comments.  Things like “Include an action beat here” or “Connor sighs again.  Is he human or is he eey-ore?”

That’s taken time.  As has writing the final scenes.  The scenes were already written but after collaborating with my editor, we realised that there wasn’t enough of the psychic factor in the ending, after all Gypsy Hunted is a psychic suspense thriller.

So now after what feels like a mountain of writing and editing, it is done and stands at 61,000 words.  I am currently checking it for typos and giving the manuscript its 423rd read through 🙂

On the literary agent front, an agent has asked for a copy of the full manuscript, which was an unexpected surprise, so watch this space for announcements.  If there’s no announcement then I guess you know this was yet another rejection as none of us like to broadcast them.  Do we?

A couple of weeks ago Amazon quietly notified me of the brand spanking  new pre-order function brand spanking new woohoo!  This means us self published independent authors can sell copies from amazon pre-release.

I loaded up my cover, description and a draft manuscript and it went live to the amazon store on 2 September.  Release day is Oct 28 2014

You can buy Gypsy Hunted for 99 cents prior to release day here

So far it’s ranked nicely selling around 25 copies in as many days.  Will be interesting to see what happens on release day and whether I’ll get a surge in amazon ranking or it will remain the same.

If I don’t blog again before release day, I’ll talk to you all again on Oct 28!