Friday, April 12, 2013

Back to Normal

Hi,

if I've ever been normal, I'm back to it. Tired like hell, I was wondering about the worth of KDP-Select free promos. I only noticed AFTER the campaign ended that amazon has changed their algorithm again. Now, the copies I give away for free don't affect the books overall ranking any more, which means I do NOT get more visibility. I'm questioning the wisdom of participating in this kind of promo again. It is very draining on me to sit there +- all day and push the link on twitter and FB. It's an emotional drain (because I hate to post so many links. It feels like spamming). The only hope I have is that enough of the more than 7000 people who downloaded "Scotland's guardians" will read and review the story.

How about you. Do you think it's worth participating in KDP-Select, now that the ranking algorithms have changed? Have you ever put a book through there? Are 7000 copies a lot these days or should it have been more (an indicator if my story-blurb is good enough or not)? Should I do this again with my upcoming release "Paralan's Children"?

Please help,
Cat

10 comments:

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I don't do much marketing so I'd say no. I come from the camp that book sales are all luck. So I figure anything I do is just a waste of time because the only thing that sells a book is word of mouth.

Katharina Gerlach said...

True enough but if no one knows the book is there, how will the word of mouth get started?

Gwen Gardner said...

7000 sounds like a lot to me. I had about 1000 downloads each time I had a freebie - 3 times, I think. I did KDP Select but recently diversified. Amazon wasn't doing anything for me with their exclusivity thing.

Katharina Gerlach said...

I agree. I'm thinking about a mixed strategy. Exclusive on amazon for the first 3 months with one giveaway, then spread it to all other sites. Or I might forgo KDP-Select completely and offer the novels for 99ct for 5 days. I'm still pondering the question.
Thank you for your insight, Gwen.

Giora said...

For me, 7,000 downloads is impressive numbers. There is an interview on "Writer's Digest" May/June 2013 with Hugh Howey. He self published his e-books and did very well. Maybe you can get some tips following his advice.

Katharina Gerlach said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out tomorrow in the morning.

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Giora said...

Check his website

www.hughhowey.com

and there is an interview in German !

Katharina Gerlach said...

Thanks for the link.