I’ve been scratching my head and wondering why I scheduled my post of today for noon instead of 9 AM. Either I’m aiming to change it to a midday or I had something else to say this morning. It was the latter.
First, Happy New Year to everyone! For anyone with a hangover, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Seriously, drink water before bed if you’re boozing it end.
So, Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies has completed its first month and the year is over. How did everything do? Well, I’m not sure I should go into exact numbers because it appears that’s considered crude and gloating. That and I’m too sleepy to bother with math. Here are the finer points I learned in 2013:
- Books are still selling.
- Beginning of a Hero and Prodigy of Rainbow Tower benefited from the 99 cents to entice people. They weren’t the royalty gatherers, but they built up the fan base.
- Allure of the Gypsies had lower sales, but nets higher royalties. The latter books are definitely going to be seeing this trend. That’s the system I wanted to create too.
- Marketing plan has worked and evolving. I have a list of 18-19 sites, databases, and groups to spread out over a 2-3 month period.
- Amazon Rankings are helpful, but you’ll drive yourself mad trying to figure them out. I think it’s better to aim for the rankings, check once or twice a day to gauge daily marketing, and accept if you falter. Especially with higher priced books because those bounce around like a speed-addicted jackrabbit.
Might not sound like much there, but I’d have to go into numbers to go into any more details. I’m going to avoid doing that. The first point covers it. I learned other things last year that involved the mentalities of readers when it comes to present tense and a series. I believe I’ve mentioned both, but I’m going to write up a lesson learned type of thing for each one at some point.