I was looking at my WordPress stats yesterday and realised it’s been two months since I’ve posted an entry to my blog. The reason? I’ve moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast; permanently. Need I say more? Moving house is ranked next to death and divorce as being one of the most stressful events one can experience during their lifetime. Do you agree? I certainly do. But, I’m here now and I’m loving the lifestyle and the freedom from ‘big city’ stress. The Gold Coast is an exciting place and I’m on a mission to experience all it has to offer.
I’m proud and pleased to say, with the Sydney family home sold, I’m now officially a Queenslander. Yay! Surf, sun and sandy beaches.
What is it they say about the Gold Coast? Beautiful one day, perfect the next! And I couldn’t agree more. With the kids having moved on to bigger and better places and with JoJo our fun-loving, but annoying Maltese Terrier’s passing, it is now time to cast all stress aside and begin a new life. I’m looking forward to making new friends, working on friendships already established and settling down to writing book number four of the Detective Jill Brennan series. So much to do, so little time.
In my last post ten days ago I explained the reasons behind my decision to put out a FREE ebook on Amazon and Smashwords. The theory behind the decision is nothing new, so after careful consideration, I changed the price of Secrets and Lies, (the first book in the Detective Jill Brennan series), from US$0.99 to FREE. I did this in the hope I would see a boost in sales of the other books in the series.
THE GOOD NEWS: In the last 10 days I’ve seen a spike in the number of FREE downloads of Secrets and Lies on Smashwords. As a spin off, there’s been an increase in PAID sales of Killing Sunday and Asylum.
Here are the stats: In the last ten days FREE downloads of Secrets and Lies increased by 366% while PAID downloads of Killing Sunday and Asylum increased by 167%!!
THE BAD NEWS: I enrolled Secrets and Lies in Kindle Matchbook with disappointing results. There were no FREE downloads or significant increases in PAID sales of Killing Sunday or Asylum.
As my commitment to marketing continues, I have to ask myself did this marketing strategy work? Despite Amazon’s disappointing result, I believe it did. The timing and the sales jump in Smashwords downloads was significant enough for it not to have been a fluke. The next question I believe I have to ask myself is, as a writer, what is important to me? To have dollar sales or have readers read my books? Crime is a a popular genre and with so much competition, the biggest threat I face is obscurity. The more readers I reach the better.
What are your thoughts:)
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