Did I grab your attention? Good! No, don’t get excited that I broke anything in the Guinness Book of Records. I did, however, break a personal sales record for one day. Am I bragging? Heck no. I just thought I would share a small success story in the hopes of inspiring other indie authors such as myself.
“Get to the good part!” you’re saying. What did I do and what were my results? I’m getting there. Let me first start by explaining that I published my first contemporary romance in January of 2016 and I’ve published three more full length novels since that time. I struggle every single day to get my name out there and sell books. On average, I sell one or two books per day. My previous highest sales day was either 27 books or 34 books. I should have written it down, but I didn’t. I’m not much of a numbers girl. Anyway…March 1, 2017 I sold 67 books in one day and made it to #3 in my category (Humorous Erotic Romance). I nearly had a heart attack. I honestly thought Amazon made a huge mistake and I waited for the inevitable email that said they confused me with someone else. But they didn’t.
Ok. Now you want to know what I did to get there. I’m in a lot of Facebook groups with other authors. I happened to find a random post where another author was looking to set up a March Madness promotion with twenty other authors, offering our books at either FREE or 99 Cents. I have a book, Mowed, that’s always 99 cents, so I submitted my information to the person running the promotion. I got accepted. I shared the promotional post on my blog, and the other 19 authors shared it as well. I’ve actually done this “newsletter swap” thing a few times before. Once I sold 9 books and once I sold 14 books. I was impressed with those results. I had hoped to also sell a handful of books for the March Madness promotion. I didn’t sell a handful…I sold 67. In one day.
Let me clarify that I’m excited every time I sell five books in one day. To sell 67 and DOUBLE my old sales record…I don’t need to tell you how thrilled I was. I checked my KDP reports every hour and sat stunned as they kept showing more and more sales. I skyrocketed to number 3 in my category. In all honesty, maybe you’re not impressed. Maybe you are well-known and you sell 67 books every day. God bless you, my friend. I do not fare nearly as well as you. I did, however, spend all day basking in the glory. I took screen shots every hour. I walked around with my head held high like I was Stephen King. I believe I started the day with an author rank in the 100,000s and I ended it with a rank of #4,155.
Did I magically assume I would turn into a best-selling author overnight and that I’d somehow be discovered and whisked off to my new private island? Absolutely not. I knew that it was a “one day only” bump and I’d soon plummet back into obscurity. But it was a hell of an adventure while it lasted.
Did I mention the best part? It was absolutely FREE for me to sign up for this promotion and I spent NO MONEY at all. I also received noticeably higher page reads for at least four days after the promotion (Mowed is part of Kindle Unlimited and I get paid for page reads). I also got a review out of the whole process. As you are probably well aware, reviews from readers are hard to come by.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I highly recommend signing up for all the Newsletter Swaps you can get your hands on. In fact, a friend told me about a website devoted to just that:
I just joined yesterday, so I can’t tell you how well it’s working yet. But…it’s free…so…why not?
Thanks for reading and have a great day! I hope I could be of help to someone.