In yesterday’s blog-post I talked about some self-promotion work. I shared that through a mention on Bookhippo (a site that costs nothing to advertise with) Rope Enough (Romney and Marsh File#1) scrambled into Amazon’s top 100 free books for an hour or two. It then fell away quite rapidly so that by last night it was back to #275 in the free charts. Rope Enough was downloaded just over 200 times on its best day. I’m not complaing. It was a boost to downloads.
Last night at 8pm GMT another promotion kicked in – one that I’d paid $50 for. This time with Bookbub (another book promotion site). When I went to bed at about 9pm GMT (I live Turkey, which is 2hrs ahead of UK so don’t start on me) Rope Enough was still in the low 200s. It didn’t look particularly encouraging.
When I woke up this morning I reached over for my Kindle on the bedside table and had a quick look to see if there had been any impact on downloads overnight.
Anyone who is looking for a new way to go from a state of half-sleep to instant-wide-awakefulness, write a book and sign it up with Bookbub. I haven’t gone from the horizontal to the vertical that quickly since my little boy crawled in the bed in the middle of the night and peed all over me. (At fifty-something that is not to be underestimated as an horrific experience. Especially when for a few agonising, confused, fleeting seconds you think it was you who wet the bed.)
As can be seen from the screen grab above, Rope Enough started my day at #1 in the overall Amazon Kindle charts. For a free book it cannot get any higher than that. That seems to me to be $50 well spent. Time will tel if there is a knock-on for sales of the other books.
So, the question I’m sure all my reader and writer virtual friends are screaming at their computer moniotors is: how many downloads did it take to get to the #1 spot?
What do you think?