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Promo Results

I always like to put up a little note after a promo to let folk know what’s working and what’s not.

Ereader News Today has always been good to me. I have sold between 100 and 400 books each time I have done a promo with them. I have done four promos.

A few things have changed since my last promo in July:

The way Ereader News Today works, they post to their site, which only brings a few sales, then the  books get posted to their Facebook followers of which they have nearly half a million. That’s when the real sales start kicking in.

For one thing, Facebook has started limiting newsfeeds to those people who “like” or “comment” on posts frequently. Others remain in the background unless you visit their page. You’ll not see everything from pages you have “liked” unless you respond to the posts regularly.

So those half a million followers from ENT are a dribble compared to what they used to be. That’s why ENT is begging people to “like” or “comment” on their posts all the time. They want to be seen.

The other thing is Kindle Unlimited. And not JUST Kindle unlimited. There are quadzillion little sites posting free and bargain books all over the net. Kindle Unlimited has taken a significant number of folk who are regular readers and given them an opportunity to keep plenty of books on hand, so those people aren’t browsing for books in other places so much anymore.

Bottom line: This promo fared worse than any I have done in the year I have been doing them.

Though I managed to get onto three best sellers lists, I only sold 44 books on that first day. That was a shock. I have sold that many before just moving the book to 99 cents without doing ENT.

Yesterday, I moved 7 books with the Read Tuesday promo going on. So, just over 50 for the two days.

But, I sold books! I have new readers. Yay!!!

It would be wonderful if they all wrote a quick review!

Mildly disappointed in results though, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that.

BTW, ENT is working on improving exposure. They have been posting on Facebook to all of their followers to join up for receiving promos directly to your inbox like BookBub does. Subscribers will get instant daily emails to tell them about books they might be interested in. If you are a reader, be sure to subscribe. I think, ultimately, they will be as formidable as BookBub and not nearly as expensive. 

There is a new five star review on the page. Thanks for that! (Bit of a spoiler, but nice to know the reader liked the story.) Also, a very good example of how different readers take away different things from the writing.

Working quietly on a few new projects, and Naked Alliances is sitting still. I’m about halfway finished with the editing.

Red Clay and Roses will remain at 99 cents until Sunday, December 14th.

Promo Update

This is a quick update to how our promotional with ENT went over the past couple of days.

As you can see, we did fairly well bringing Red Clay and Roses from #300K (something) to #2,210.

#2,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

It never lasts too long before it starts climbing, because without the immediate exposure we start climbing pretty fast. Right now we are at #5,180.

What does this mean for The Russell Home?

Since January 1st, with one major promo in February which got us up to #1600 and the sales that have occurred between January and now, we have matched sales to come up with a check for $554.23 which will be mailed to them on Thursday, July 17th, along with a letter per their request. In the future they will receive a quarterly check, but this brings us up to date for 2014. These are sales minus what Amazon and Ereader News Today take as percent.

Thank you all for your support!

The price will remain 99 cents through Saturday and goes back to $3.99 on Sunday, July 13th.

Remember…reviews are always welcome!

Summertime Sale: Red Clay and Roses

I have been planning a summertime sale of Red Clay and Roses for over a month now and wanted it to coincide with a promotional I am doing with Ereader News Today. It took a while to reschedule with them because I was out of town the last time they approved a promo and missed their email, so it was cancelled.

download (1)The sale officially begins tomorrow, but the sale price has already been set!  Red Clay and Roses is on sale for 99 cents! This sale will last a week, but ENT gets a cut on the first two days of the sale. With a 35% royalty and ENT getting a cut, I don’t plan on buying a new car with the proceeds, or anything like that, but I did want to let you know about the sale in case you have an interest in picking up the book.

Blurb:

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s.

Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.

A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!

Red Clay and Roses is a roman à clef . Pronounced romanaclay, Wikipedia defines a roman à clef as, “A novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction.” The technique was used historically in writing about controversial topics and/or reporting inside information of scandals without giving rise to charges of libel; the opportunity to turn the tale the way the author would like it to have gone; the opportunity to portray personal, autobiographical experiences without having to expose the author as the subject; avoiding self-incrimination or incrimination of others that could be used as evidence in civil, criminal, or disciplinary proceedings; and the settling of scores.

Being a fictionalized true story based on personal family member’s lives, I promised that I would not use real photographs to portray my characters. Sybil is a cousin in real life. For giggles and grins, I once did a casting call for the movie using popular actors and actresses today.

I got on the internet a while ago and tried to find a 1950s entertainer that I thought best represented Sybil Hamilton, a main character in the book, and came up with Peggy Lee. Her hair styles remind me of the images I had of young Sybil in my mind as I wrote the story.

 

Peggy Lee was a an actress/singer and her work includes the soundtrack for Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”  All of her recordings are bluesy and jazzy, like the music of the era I listened to while I was writing. Enjoy.

If you haven’t read it yet, pick up your copy today.

 Reviews are appreciated.

RED CLAY AND ROSES

Sunday Synopsis

This has been a busy week for me even though I haven’t been blog busy.  I have also been reading a lot.

I want to introduce you to a couple of people you may or may not know. First, I am reading a book by Patrick O’Bryon titled “Corridor of Darkness”.  It is a 20th century Historical Fiction about 1930s pre-war Germany, and the coming of the Nazi era that will knock your socks off.  There is everything in this book from the thrill of espionage and suspenseful duels  to the enchantment of romance.  I will be doing a full review later this week but I would like you to do something for me. Patrick is a self-published indie author who just released his book a few weeks ago.

Go to his site and read this post about his homesteading and animal adventure in Montana.

Go ahead, and do it!  It even has pictures and humor. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’ll wait right here. The page will open in another window.  It will only take a minute. I want to introduce you to his beautiful writing style, even if you choose not to read his whole book today.  He is a wonderful, well-traveled author and I think you might like to get to know him.

A tiny taste of a marvelously expressive writing style, huh? Don’t you agree?

Also, if you are struggling with how to get exposure or market your books, you should get to know both Charles Yallowitz, creator of The Legends of Windemere series in fantasy, and Chris McMullen, who has written many books on a variety of subjects, but most significantly, has two books on self-publishing and much information on both publishing and marketing on his site. He is also responsible for organizing the Read Tuesday promo event that debuts December 10th. The knowledge, support, and helpful expertise of these two marketing gurus are powerful.

This morning I woke up to these figures on Amazon:

“Red Clay and Roses” moved up into Best Seller Rankings and entered two more categories by the hair of the teeth.  I am so excited. I can’t say enough good things about Ereader News Today.

I still haven’t done my sensory deprivation chamber experience, but it is on my list, along with putting up Christmas lights, cleaning house, getting the tree up, having my annual pre-Christmas luncheon for my local girlfriends.  There is a lot to keep me busy this week.

Ad Wrap Up Day #1 Ereader News Today

What a success!

It is now 12 midnight and the day is done. “Red Clay and Roses” moved from somewhere in the 200,000s to a place in the 3000s in one day. It also went from not even being listed in the Kindle ratings to being listed at # 44 in category!

·  Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Having watched it sit pretty much in the same spot for months with all of my self-marketing efforts on Facebook and the blog it was thrilling to click and see how it has climbed in one day.

This is the first day that I have sold 65 books in one day.  I had only sold 110 total since March 23rd until today.

My conclusion: Yes, Ereader News Today is highly effective!