There is nothing like a little win. That lovely air-punchy feeling you get to be the chosen one.
The problem with me – and call me naive (if you have to) – but when I run a giveaway, I want everyone to win.
1469 people entered the Goodreads Giveaway I just ran for The Accidental Life of Greg Millar. That’s five happy people. 1464 disappointed. Maths guru that I am.
And so, for those 1464 – and for anyone else who feels in the mood – for a limited period ‘Greg Millar’ will be a mere 99c on amazon.com or 99p on amazon.co.uk. The Accidental Life of Greg Millar is a Kindle Unlimited book.
I have two names for last Saturday: Black Saturday & The Day The Music Died.
That day, I had a choice – to attend a self-publishing seminar (which promised all manner of tools to boost my sales) or go, as planned, to a day of ‘play’ through art. I debated. Who doesn’t want to boost their sales? On the other hand, I had promised to support a friend who was running an art workshop; I did not want to let her down. In the end, I chose friendship and fun. That’s the resulting masterpiece, right there.
On Saturday night, as though the Universe, infuriated by my choice, struck with a spectacular bolt of lightening. My sales – yes, all of them, tanked. Died. Overnight. If only I hadn’t missed that talk on algorithms. Or that discussion about how an author upped her sales to 70,000 with secret know-how. My masterpiece was no comfort.
A week later, still in silent shock, I went on to amazon.com to see if there had been any improvement. Like battle-weary soldiers, my babies were limping along. Then, I spied, like a spring flower popping up out of the ground, this review. My little flattened heart began to reinflate. It even soared a little. Here was the reminder that I needed that is not all about sales and algorithms and results, it’s about reaching people and THAT is why I write.
So, thank you, Linda Brooks, whoever you are, for sharing the love – and to all readers who take the time to do so. I hope you realise the impact that you can have.
So, last Friday, I reached my first big crossroads. I stood at it. Put my foot out, took it back in. Out. In. On repeat. The decision probably doesn’t seem like a huge one – to stay with amazon exclusively or go for wider distribution. My first three months on KDP Select with Pause to Rewind were up. There seemed a lot at stake.
Pause to Rewind has a pretty respectable ranking on amazon.com. It’s selling nicely and quite a few people are borrowing it through Kindle Unlimited which, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is like Netflix for books. Leaving KDP Select would mean leaving Kindle Unlimited. I wasn’t sure I was ready to do that.
Kindle Unlimited has got a lot of flack lately with many authors reporting a loss of sales since it began. The fact is, it exists. Readers who have enrolled will, I assume, chose Kindle Unlimited books over others. Another disincentive to leave is the risk of the book falling in the amazon rankings, making discovery harder.
On the flipside, using other distribution channels such as iTunes would increase potential sales. And it would seem the next logical step in my self-publishing adventure. However, there is the issue of visibility. How would I get Pause to Rewind to stand out amongst all the other books sold through these channels? On amazon, I can play with the price and promote special offers. Elsewhere there is less price flexibility. I’m told by friends who have been self-publishing longer than I have, that the best way to stand out on other distribution channels (if you’re not already a household name) is to make one of you books permafree. I might do that with a short story or maybe the first in a series but not a stand-alone novel. Way too much blood, sweat and tears shed in its creation. Way, too, much.
And so I have chosen a road. It’s the same one I was already on. It does seem to be going against a lot of the advice I’ve read about the changing world of amazon since the advent of Kindle Unlimited. But it feels right for me – for now. If it proves to be a mistake, then in three months, I change tack.
And while that three months is ticking away, I will promote my second Aimee Alexander novel, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar and work ahead with editing my third. Better to go into territories new with more then one offering anyway, me thinks. Though, as you know, I’m just feeling my way.
After two months in the wilderness, Pause to Rewind has a companion. Today, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar, makes its debut. I love the cover. I especially love that when you squint, you can see an angel – a happy accident.
Here’s the story:
Lucy Arigho is not the sort to be swept off her feet. She is sober, career-minded and numb since the death of her fiancé. It’s completely out of character for her to race a man in traffic – and even more unusual when they meet again and she is irritated, intrigued and finally enraptured by the driver, author Greg Millar. Within eight weeks, she is considering his pleas to marry him and wondering if she can take on his two motherless children. But before she can make a decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. Her careful existence unravels and she must figure out how to handle two vulnerable children and face the fact that she doesn’t really know the man whose life has so overwhelmed hers.
Here’s what the critics have to say:
‘…has the sparky dialogue, fresh story lines and believable characters her fans have come to expect.’ IRISH TIMES
‘A captivating and moving story.’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘Will challenge and entertain in equal measure.’ SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
‘A fantastic read.’ RTE Guide.
The Accidental Life of Greg Millar is now available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. I hope you enjoy. Happy Christmas.
Shortly after I published Pause to Rewind as an ebook, a reader contacted me to see if I would be publishing a paperback as she wished to gift the story to two people. At the time, I had no plans to produce a paperback. Because of production costs, they are more expensive to produce, retail higher and are consequently less in demand on amazon.
Then I thought, well, this woman had a good experience and wants to share it which is pretty kind. Publishing a paperback would be an adventure. And the clincher: I could give a physical copy of the book to my son, the little boy who features on the cover. (No longer, little, I might add.)
And so, today, drum roll, I can announce: WE HAVE A PAPERBACK. Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. So a big thank you to that reader. Her kindness has changed my plans for the better. Happy Christmas.