Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Month on Kindle and Other Things

So HBVK has been on Kindle for about a month. It hasn't quite exploded the face of the Internet, thanks to my Taoist marketing strategy of refusing to go against the flow of the Universe by promoting my book all the time. That's wu wei, baby. If it's gonna happen, it'll happen.

Yeah, well. I haven't squared the circle yet on how to tell people about my book without being annoying. Everyone I'm connected to on Facebook already knows about it and maybe already bought it. I'm back on Twitter but not tweeting much and don't want all my tweets to be BUY MY BOOK like so many of you I'm still following for some reason. (Not you, @BoxedWineSocial, I love you. Then again, you don't have a book ... YET).

I've debated mentioning my sales figures on here and I figured fuck it. Let's be real. If nothing else the small-press people will enjoy getting a laugh. So in a month I sold 13 books, which got me about twenty bucks. I am ranked in the mid 300,000s on Kindle. LET'S CRACK 200K PEOPLE WE CAN DOO ITTTT

So there that is. My thoughts:

1. 20 bucks is not bad. That's a case of good beer, or a suitcase of Busch with some change left over. It's two handles of my favorite cheap whisky: (http://www.drinksite.com/product.php?prod_id=1891 . I'm pulling your coat on a sleeper hit, there. You're welcome.) It's a night out at the dollar theater with the wife, a couple of good cigars. It's still money someone paid to read something I wrote.

2. I didn't expect to set the world on fire, and I didn't, but I did sell some books. Shouts out to the folks in Germany and the UK who bought a book, I thought that was pretty awesome. I have no idea who bought this thing, feel free to email me and tell me about yourself or something. I'd be interested to know how people found it. I'd like to think that people will see it pop up in suggestions and check it out. I like to think it's pretty different.

3. All this was basically without any marketing effort on my part. I didn't buy any ads, spam Twitter or FB, or run any deals. I am in KDP Select but I don't know how much that helped, if any. No one borrowed the book which is one of the things KDP Select offers. Which reminds me, did you know, Prime users and whoever else gets to borrow books, that if you do borrow it, I still get paid? Yeah, I thought that was pretty awesome too. So borrow away, I don't mind.

Not bad for a book that I worked on and (mostly) off for several years and that is now 3+ years old in it's final form. It's my first book and I'll be honest, I kind of cringe to look at it. Shit, I cringe at the memories, as much as I love them at the same time, of the cons I went to "promoting" it (I probably more demoted it).

I have more thoughts on this but I'm trying a new way of blogging and yet again am trying for shorter posts, so that will have to wait.

For now -- PLEASE review my fucking book if you want to help me. Shit, I'll tell you what -- if you have a BAD review, fucking post that too. I think bad reviews help, believe it or not. Right now I only have one 5-star review so everyone assumes either I or my wife or my mom wrote it. And shitting on my book might make you feel better if you're having a bad day.

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