My first Bookbub is a success, so far…
I had my first Bookbub last Friday, and a few thousand downloads later (by Monday morning), I am pleased. I had no idea that it would have such an impact. Yes, getting the price set to free, as the Bookbub deal demanded was almost impossible, and last Wednesday, I’m sure you felt my frustration. But in the end, Amazon came around and they helped me get it done in time for last Friday’s e-mail. I was ready.
The Bookbub deal has helped me achieve something I never thought possible. Suddenly, The Opera House was at #40 of all the e-books on the Kindle store, the ‘free’ list mind you, but still. Highly visible. I reached #1 on the Family related list (I’m still #2) and #1 on the Gay Romance (still #2) and even the #1 overall LGBT list. The next deal has overtaken me, but heck, I did the same to someone else.
Why do a Bookbub?
The Bookbub list is a great way to get your book out to tens of thousands of readers. Yes, they are thrifty, they like a good ‘deal’ and many will never buy a book, just read whatever free books come their way. But if only 10% of the readers go on to become regular customers, I’ve gained literally hundreds of new readers.
I’ve already received a first “post deal” review, after only four days, and this is what the customer had to say:
“The other reviews do a good job describing this book. Just want to say it was difficult to put down. It’s been a long time since I’ve become so engrossed in a book.”
Needless to say, I’m thrilled and humbled. Thanks Willy!
My hope is of course that Willy, and others, will move on and look at some other books of mine. And judging from the reaction on the stats on Amazon’s Author Central, things have begun to move. Now I don’t expect overnight results. Books need to be read, and I understand of course that most people will download the book and not read it right away, some never. But reading a book may take hours, days, weeks, depending on people’s reading habits. Yet, within hours after the deal, the numbers on several of my other books started to point upward.
The challenge here is to be patient. Rome wasn’t built in one day either, and given that some of my colleagues have published 100 plus books, my coming sixth novel, Spanish Day, makes me but a novice…
Speaking of Spanish Bay…
One month left until the release of my next novel, and we’re getting close to the cover reveal. I got a really nice mockup this morning. The one on the book page is only a placeholder! The thing about covers is that you need to keep in mind, as an author, that most people will see your cover this size:
166×250 pixels. We don’t get more space on Amazon when we browse and depending on how people browse (phone etc) it may be even smaller. This means we need to be very careful in not overloading the cover with too many elements.
Since Spanish Bay is about a boy in a wheelchair, the chair was something we tried to incorporate, but ended up booting. It was just an element that didn’t fit. So it had to go. I can’t wait to show it to you! 🙂 I have a hunch we’ll get there the next time it’s time to talk about my writing, which is next week, Wednesday.
My current WIP…
I put down the pen yesterday (Opus #8), which of course means nothing. But finishing a novel is always an interesting moment. I think I feel the same way every time, and I wonder if I’ll ever feel different. This book came about very differently, starting out as an idea for a monthly short story serial, then morphed into this novel. I’m not going to say anything more at this stage. I need to focus on Spanish Bay.
This book is different from anything I’ve written in the past, and it’s an experiment really. I’m not sure I would want to write anything like this again, but it was an interesting process. I have no idea when this might be published, I have other works in the pipeline, like my short stories (Opus #7) (and I’m still on the fence on ‘how’ to use those…) and I’m also thinking about a sequel to one of my most popular books (Opus #10). Yes, I know, I don’t do series (or so I claim, so much for saying “never say never”, eh?), but there’s an idea forming in the back of my mind, let’s see how it pans out.
I also began working on a thriller (Opus #9), only a few pages by now. This isn’t an easy write, as it requires me to put my mind into the head of a killer, but as difficult as this is, I’ve always had fun writing evil. It’s liberating. This may sound odd, but I guess we all have these thoughts at times, thinking thoughts we’re not supposed to think, thoughts the vast majority of us would never even dream of realizing. This I guess is what makes us different from the criminal mind, where those barriers don’t exist. As an author, I get to poke a hold in that barrier and see what the other side looks like. I have no idea how this will pan out, if it even works, but I have to try.
Here you have it, a bit of a progress report. I hope you’re having a wonderful Hump Day! 🙂 By the way, I’ll be in Bristol this coming weekend, attending the UK LGBT Meet. Will I see you there?
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PS: Don’t forget to stop by the shop and pick up The Opera House, for free until September 15! A great read… Today is Teddy Bear Day, after Theodore Roosevelt. Hence a picture of just a couple of my son’s many, many teddies and stuffed animals.