Monday, September 23, 2013

So How Did It Go?



I'm glad you asked... and if you didn't ask and don't know what I'm talking about, let me explain... no, is too much, let me sum up:

Thursday (because it's the most naked day) I released Book 2 (In Short Supply) of my serial and at the same time offered A Flock of Ill Omens (Book 1) for FREE.

Conclusion: People like free stuff.

See. Now you're smarter.


But if you want specifics:

I gave away 227 copies of A Flock of Ill Omens in at least 6 countries (190 in the US, 17 in the UK, and 3 each in Germany, India and Canada). It's actually more countries, as Amazon only has 9 they track. In addition, I SOLD some copies to either side of the free day, and have thus far sold 11 copies of the second. I'm not moving mountains, but if I add that to what I gave away prior to releasing, (and counter for duplicates, as there are some) I think I have nearly 300 copies out there of the first... That's not terrible. And look at THIS:


Did you SEE the #2? I spent all afternoon there!!! I was as high as #68 in free thrillers. Never passed under the thousand mark for free books overall, but I'm pretty happy, considering I have mostly sat over 100,000. Best I can tell, a book a day sits you right on that 100,000 rank mark for the paid store.

I have no idea how the 'bestseller' titles get bandied about. I don't think I'm there, but it was very fun to watch all day.

I plan to offer the first free AGAIN when the 3rd is released (October 10), and again for the 4th (October 31)


I really want to thank all of YOU for helping me out! My friends who helped spread the word really made it all possible.



In Other News...

It's Fall... ACK!

Don't get me wrong. Fall itself is already with me. I like warm days and crisp nights, apple flavored stuff, fall beer options... My PROBLEM with it is this...



And the dreaded winter will arrive well before the 4th season of Game of Thrones or the 6th book of the Song of Ice and Fire series...

18 comments:

Sean McLachlan said...

Keep on truckin'!
Germany seems to have awakened to ebooks recently. I had my first sale there a couple of months ago, and since have had several more, more than in Canada which is strange considering I'm Canadian and my books are in English!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

People do like free stuff! Glad it worked out so well and congrats on the great shelf position at Amazon!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I do think offering free things/contests do help build excitement. Glad you moved into such a great position on Amazon.

Old Kitty said...

Well done you!!!! Yes, Christmas is coming!! :-) Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad they both did so well! I purchased my copy.

Yolanda Renee said...

Congratulations to a successful launch, may it continue to go gangbusters!

Sarah Ahiers said...

yay! I like to hear those kinds of stats!

And yes, fall is the BEST season! The best food, the best clothes, the best weather.

But Winter is indeed coming...

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Hart, After being away from my computer so often this spring and summer, I'm now trying to catch up with everyone. Congratulations on the new release!!!

Southpaw said...

Yeah! #2 - awesome!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd say that was a successful launch, Hart.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh I havent even made it to season 2 of GOT yet.
Interesting stats! Thanks for sharing. I'm getting a bit frightened of that part. lol Not sure I want to know mine once I launch.
But you're doing fab!!

Thanks for signing up for my blogfest! I put you down since the linky wasn't working. I'll email you the deets closer to the day. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

I'm not looking forward to winter either. Ugh.

I have several friends that share lots about the process of rankings and, like you, are fascinated with how their book stacks up. But being #2 is pretty dang awesome!

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Johanna Garth said...

That's so awesome!! Congratulations!!

Johanna Garth said...

That's so awesome!! Congratulations!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Being #2 is great! Your zeal and imagination made it possible. My Stetson's off to you. :-)

Helena said...

Of course your books are already selling! You deserve huge success which will help you survive the dreariness of winter. I am SO not looking forward to winter this year.

Liz Blocker said...

Thank you, Inigo Montoya ;)

#2??? That's amazing! I'm so glad it went so well!! As my people like to say, MAZEL TOV! :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congratulations Hart! Sales and a #2 spot is not to shabby!