Regarding my post ‘Thoughts on Giving and Receiving Feedback’, I didn’t realize it posted twice. I thought it hadn’t gone through so I pasted it into another post. My computer was doing it’s ‘freeze up’ game again. I know. I probably need to get another computer soon. This XP system is getting old anyway. 😛 So I’m sorry for the double post earlier today.
So tonight I was talking to a friend who has been doing really well in Kindle sales, as in ranking in the top 1000 for Amazon. At last check, she was at 790. I can’t remember what my highest was back in the day. Time passes much too fast, and my memory’s not so great with all the things I got to do for four kids and three different schools (preschool, one downtown for deaf and hard of hearing children, and the local one).
Anyway, my friend pointed out two things that’s worked for her that I haven’t tried yet, and since they’re simple, I figure, ‘Why not?’
The first is buying ad/banner space on a site that gets some good traffic. So I went ahead and bought a small book cover ad for Night Owl Reviews and another at Coffee Times Romance. One was $30 for one month, and the other $10 for a month. The reason I opted for cheap enough and small is because I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve never done this before, so I took my disposable income for this month and asked myself, ‘If I were to flush money down the toilet, how much could I flush without losing the ability to buy groceries?’ And that was the total I came up with between what was being offered. Hey, when I’m not familiar with something, I think ‘worst case scenario’ and act within my comfort zone.
I figure Night Owl Reviews and Coffee Time Romance should be two sites that will attract a good number of romance readers. I also notice some publishers have ads there and am thinking in a year or two my publisher friend might want to try that (once she has some more books under her belt). Another author is going to try a Facebook ad, and I have no idea if that would be profitable or not, but hey, why not? That will be on my ‘To Try’ list this year. I figure I’ll do a little bit here and a little bit there and see what happens.
The other thing my author friend mentioned was Kindleboards. I went there tonight but didn’t see any topics that jumped out at me, so I didn’t comment. There were a couple I was going to participate in, but all I’d be doing was echoing what others already said, and I see no point to contribute to a discussion when I have nothing new to say. So tonight was a bust. I’ll try again in a couple days.
It’ll be interesting to see if these yield any significant results, which I guess means, I better start checking my sales on a consistent basis because I’ll never know if any of this is working if I don’t go out there and track sales. Fortunately, the past couple of months will give me my baseline. You got to have a starting point.
On to a side note…
As for Self-Published Author’s Lounge, I was really happy to see that about 35 authors and 60 books made it up on the Books by Indie Authors list. (Now, I must add the disclaimer that my kids were screaming and calling out for me while I was counting, so I might be off a bit, but this is a good ballpark estimate.) And even better, there was a wide variety of genres represented! The list will grow as I do updates (one around May–probably–and the other in December). This year, I’ve decided one of the things I want to do is make an easy to find page on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge where indie authors can share their books with anyone who happens to stop by.
I’m so excited about where the Self-Published Author’s Lounge is headed! We have a great group of authors over there. They are so supportive and encouraging. Even better, our stats are steadily climbing! This time last year, Stephannie Beman, Joleene Naylor, and I started the blog. We had 119 views last January. In June we were at 475. Then in August, we saw our first 1,000. This month so far, we have 3249 views! This is the power of authors coming together for support, and after spending a good portion of last year running into authors who are competing and hearing stories of competing authors, it’s been a blessing to find authors who pull together. There’s a great group of people listed on that Books by Indie Authors list. So I was thrilled to be able to post their books up. 😀