Zip. Zero. Nadda.
Sure, there were a few that said, “Good story, well written, but unfortunately no one reads sports fiction anymore.” I was frustrated and heartbroken. Down and out on my luck, I was put in touch with a published author who said I need to find an agent. Well, I already tried that, I explained to him. He said to shoot his friend an email that had some success in self-publishing.
I quickly learned about Createspace and a few months later, I had Deep Rough in paperback form, in my hands. It was exhilarating to say the least. Seven years after I began to write, I finally had the finished copy in my hands. I told everyone I knew and I sold around 50 paperback copies that first month, October of 2010. I uploaded to Amazon’s KDP and now DR was available in Kindle, and a month later I put it on Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
Then something strange happened. I started selling more at $2.99 than I did at $.99. 180 in August. 240 in September and 250 in October! Sales have since leveled off which I’m okay with because I’m excited about my new release, The Lost Journal.
So what are the lessons learned:
- Never Give Up
- Experiment with Price
o $2.99 did not work right out of the gate for me. I experimented with $.99 and also $1.99. I got high rankings in my categories so then I raised my price to $2.99. See what others are pricing their books at in your categories and price accordingly, or cheaper.
Everything I did may not work for everyone. You definitely have to experiment. I was on a cover review blog once and they suggested I put something about Augusta on the cover. I did, “A Thriller in Augusta” now appears and I think it helped sales. Most of all, don’t give up. It takes time and energy to get results and I heard this once and it’s a saying I live by: “If you want to be successful, do what other successful people do.”
The Lost Journal is available on Kindle for $2.99.
In 1778, during the peak of the Revolutionary War, a secret document is hidden and its whereabouts are known to only one man. Now, more than two centuries later, Seth Layton accidentally discovers the journal that will unlock its location and he is on a quest to find it. Joined by his grandfather and new female friend, Madison, they are chased by unsavory characters and some powerful people through historic Philadelphia to the streets of Washington DC. What American secret will the journal unveil and will Seth and his companions live long enough to reveal it?
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