Today is one of my favorite holidays. To celebrate, I went to Walgreens and got some Valentine’s chocolates for 50% off! Yay! I may be relying on ramen, rice and beans for my basic nourishment needs, but my sense of taste has needs too. 🙂
Meanwhile, the follow-up to my pre-Valentine’s Day free download event is something I’m happy to report on and may be of interest to others trying the self-publishing experiment.
As you know, Bob, I’ve enrolled my self-pubbed short story collection, ‘Three Wishes’ in the Amazon Kindle Select program. This allows me to offer the book as a free download on occasion. The current edition includes a sneak preview of ‘Sweet Mercy,’ the e-novella recently released by Champagne Books.
Starting out this time, my Amazon author ranking was 329,156 on Feb 8, jumping to 130,844 on Feb 9 – about the time ‘Love in the Land of Lakes’ (an anthology in which I have a story) was released. It was back to 278,013 by February 13, when I ran my free download offer. Over 3,000 people downloaded the book, (incidentally putting the sneak preview into their hands – which counts as great promotion).
In the couple days since the promotion ended, 16 copies of the collection have sold at the normal price and my Amazon author rank has risen to 20,866. (More than 300,000 places higher than it was in the first week of the month.)
I can’t conclude that only 16 sales accounts for the difference. I don’t have data on sales of the anthology or on ‘Sweet Mercy’ which were published by others, and those sales would be included in my author ranking. This does suggest, though that it doesn’t take very many sales to boost an author’s rankings.