I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a promotional tool, and why it’s important to take your time and publish your very best work.
I also want to give a huge thank you to the amazing work that all of you put in yesterday. The launch couldn’t have gone any better. There were blog posts, tweets, retweets, Facebook posts, forum posts – I couldn’t keep up with it all, it was truly phenomenal.
What was the result?
Let’s Get Digital peaked at #1637 in the overall Kindle Store (with similar numbers in the UK), and was the #1 Writing Book. It’s slipped back a touch now, but is still selling well. There were also hundreds of downloads of the free PDF, and significant sales on Smashwords.
I even sold a copy in Germany!
But most importantly, the word is out. I think if you were on the internet yesterday, you heard about this book. People are still blogging about it, tweeting it, telling people. Word is spreading fast.
I’ll have a full breakdown of figures at the end of the month – as usual – but I made back 20% of my costs in 24 hours (selling 90 copies across all channels, in one day). Stunning.
I have also had 13 reviews – all five stars, which is immensely gratifying. And, it gave a little boost to the sales of my short stories, which is great (proving once again that the greatest promotional tool any writer has is new work).
So, what’s next? Well, I will continue to add to the content you see in the top bar about formatting and covers and so on. I would like to add as much value as I can for readers of the book, and this blog.
We’ll have lots more guest posts and interviews here (I have some great ones lined up). I will continue to cover all of the developments in the publishing industry, and the great blogs out there parsing these dramatic changes.
And I will continue to alert you to new promotional tips, sales channels, review venues, and any other ways I come across of helping to get the word out about your books.
As for me, I’m getting back to writing fiction, and I can’t wait. I have an epic historical novel that is just screaming to be released. It will have to wait. It needs a little more work, and I really have to stretch the ending out (I had to chop a little too much to get it below 100k so an agent would even look at it).
That will be self-published, of course, along with a bunch more shorts. Once that is out (hopefully in a couple of months), I have three more novels outlined which I need to get started on, two historicals, one a little more contemporary but set in an exotic location.
And there is one story that I have always wanted to write, but I thought it would never have a chance of being published (for a number of reasons). That’s no longer a factor in my decision-making process, so it might nose its way to the front.
That’s why I love self-publishing. I can write whatever I like. And publish it.
Once again, thank you for making yesterday a very special day for me. I am eternally grateful.
My superb editor, Karin Cox, is running a fantastic competition on her blog. The prize is your choice of a manuscript appraisal or a partial edit (worth $480). This is a fantastic opportunity to get a top editor to look at your work.
All the details are in her blog post, but you can enter multiple times, and entry runs until the end of August. Don’t miss out!