Well I have officially been a published author for a month now. To say the last month has been a whirlwind of emotions would be an understatement. I have gone from a nearly paralyzing fear just prior to hitting that publish button, great high of selling my first book & getting my first 5-star review, to the extreme low of having a day where I didn’t sell anything and having someone tell me “it just wasn’t their kind of story”. Through it all those two books have remained on Amazon and are slowing moving their way up the sales rankings.
One of the biggest things I have learned is that the # of books I sell usually correlates to how active I have been on twitter. I have had one day since I published where I didn’t sell any books and that also happens to be the day I didn’t get on twitter. Since then I have begun using HootSuite to schedule tweets to make sure that even if I get busy at my real job, I’m still getting the word out. AND it is working. What I sold in my first week I easily surpass in a day now.
I signed up for KDP Select based on advice from other indie authors and I have already witnessed the benefits. I gave away After The Event for free for 3 days and as I hoped I gave away hundreds of copies, but what I had not been expecting was what happened the following week. After The Event then began to sell in a day what I used to sell in a week and now 2 weeks later is still going strong. Also since Kindle Unlimited was introduced the # of times my books have been borrowed has increased over 100%. I’m still waiting to see what the payout will be per book borrowed and that will have a great deal to do with whether I remain enrolled in Select. Once I know I will write a follow up blog with my reactions and future plans.
Writing a book and getting it published was a crazy journey and now that I’m actually published and selling books, a completely different journey has begun. Thank you to everyone that has followed along and for everyone who has given my books a chance!
Back to the grind!!