The topic of character thoughts has come up repeatedly for me in the last couple of weeks, and I promised to address punctuation for inner dialogue.
Amazon KDP SelectBook promotionsebook marketingFreepromotionsself publishing 44 comments Sales for every author I know have been dumping since March, on a month over month basis. This could be due to seasonality, but I suspect that it has far more to do with changing consumer behavior.
They can just wait for them to go free. What kind of chump pays for a book when they can get the same thing for free, fer chrissakes? So while free has been good for some authors like me in the short term, in the longer term, it has established a new kind of hoarding behavior where the value of the work is degraded.
We have done this to ourselves. We have seen the enemy, and it is us. Most I know are, too. And sales across the board are languishing. The difference is the free promotions, or rather, the success thereof.
The point is that by running a free promo every week, I would see that spike on one title per week, which was an extra eight hundred to thousand books a week. Averaged across a month, that was four thousand books. So now you are invisible to readers, just as you were before, except for maybe one or two days of placing far down a list that has also been changed, again, as noted in earlier blogs.
That would argue for pulling out of KDP Select. No more free lunch. And an actual harmful net effect. Sweet enough to have me keeping my titles in the program to reap that reward.
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How does that suck? That would explain why sales have been growing even as US sales are falling. I also note that the refund rate is far lower. In the US, I see roughly 1.
I used to think it was because some were offended by language or politics or religion, but no — my dog bio sees the same returns as my most controversial work.
In the UK, the return rate is more like around. I just know that UK readers seem to whine less, return less, and buy more.
So what does this all mean for authors? I do think the negative is that it is going to be a long time before the fringe crowd that would pay to read a new indie title does so — why buy when you have free titles already on your kindle? That fringe buyer is who many of us were courting, and they are largely out of the game.
Hence, sales slump, in addition to seasonality. And what you are trading for that extra books sold for 5 days, is the death of your longer term sales market. Seems like a dumb tradeoff, to me, anyway. But only, by my math, if you plan to sell maybe books total per title. Otherwise, free is a bad deal now.
My tactic moving forward will be to run out the clock on the promotions I have scheduled, keep my books in KDP Select, but not offer them free. I think the single biggest differentiator I have from most of my peers who started publishing when I did, is my large and growing backlist.
I think once you have critical mass of, say, 15 paid titles, there is a lot more chance for someone to stumble upon one of your works. And when they do, they might work their way through all your books, which translates into considerably higher revenue over the long term.
Because you have gained a reader, not made a sale. Promotions, pricing, giveaways, hype — all are good, but nothing will build a career like putting your head down and writing as well as you are able.
Not as fast as you can, but as well as you can, at a sustainable rate. So if you can only get out one or two novels a year, my advice would be prepare to do that for the next five years, and dig in for the long haul. My magic number is to have 15 paid titles, then next year I will back it off to maybe 3 or 4 books a year from there on out.Dark Watch (The Oregon Files Book 3) - Kindle edition by Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul.
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