Thursday, January 3, 2013

First Month of a New Release and Goodreads Giveaway

As a new author, I thought it might be interesting to look at the first month release and talk about my experiences with self-publishing.  I think your first book should be the book that you make mistakes with - not in grammar or typos, mind you, but with the strategy behind the release.  This is something that I learned more by doing - with advice from some friends.

What I would have done differently:
  1. Set a release date and get the paperback and kindle version released on the same day
  2. Have a few proof copies to give away a month before the release date, instead of after the release date
  3. Advertise better - share excerpts, create a blog hop or tour, get the word out there - submit to bloggers
  4. Set up my Amazon Author page in advance - instead of after the release (which, I will never have to do again)
  5. Set up the information on goodreads in advance so that the release can be put on new release lists - and do an early giveaway copy
So how did the book sell with little to no marketing beyond G+ and twitter?

I would say:  Decently.

It was released partway into December, so it didn't even have a full month.  The sales break down is below.

Total sales: 17
Sales I know were from family: 7
Promotional Copies: 2 (not included in total sales)
  • Kindle: 8  
  • Smashwords: 5
  • Amazon Paperback: 4
This month I am doing a goodreads giveaway (widget on the bottom of this post) for one signed, paperback copy.

I wasn't expecting "My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade" to blow up.  I am honestly pleased that 10 sales were not to family members (though I love my family's support). Must mean I'm doing something right.

More planning will go into publishing The Unanswerable, as my first novella.  It's funny how vastly different these two stories are.  Terrance Wade, the kidnapped 7-year-old who believes he's on an adventure to save the world, vs. Matthew, a man who struggles to keep his family alive at the end of the world.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade by R. A. Desilets

My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade

by R. A. Desilets

Giveaway ends February 01, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

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