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It’s Not the Time of the Year

… or the Day of the Week.

It’s something else.  Maybe it’s the book.  Or the lack of reviews.  Or …

As I wrote about last week, I offered Weed Therapy for free for Kindlers (that’s a word I just made up by the way) for two days.  The effort netted me a grand total of 89 free downloads of the novel and no sales following the promotion.  As I wrote then, I didn’t do a lot to promote the effort — primarily just posting about it here that first day.  Much like I did when I offered One Night in Bridgeport for free for two days back in January.

At the same time that I scheduled Weed Therapy for the free days last week, I scheduled Bridgeport for two free days starting today.  And did nothing to promote it.  Not even here in my kingdom.

I went through my typical morning routine today.  Up around 6:15.  Read the paper.  Surf the internet for a few minutes.  Do my PT exercises (that’s new this week).  Get dressed.  And it’s off to work.  Hold on a sec.  Couple of key ingredients missing there.  Surfing the internet includes checking the Kindle Direct Publishing Report page to see what has transpired with my books over night.  As of 6:40 this morning, Bridgeport had 11 free downloads for the day.

While getting dressed, through the magic of my iPhone, I checked again.  13.  As I waited at a stop light to get on the freeway about 30 minutes later — 27.  Hmmm.  This could get interesting.

I’ll spare you the details of my monitoring of the KDP Report page during the course of the day and leave you with this.  As I write this at 7:30 p.m. on the first day of the two day free promotion, the tally has exceed 1,500 for the day.  The book stands at #162 Free in the Kindle Store.  (Side note here:  for some reason, Amazon is not showing the ranking of the book in its genre, which really bugs me.  They did it with Weed Therapy.  They do it everywhere else.  They aren’t doing it with Bridgeport today.  I’d love to know where it is in Legal Thrillers.)  And there’s another day to go.  Somewhere along the way tonight or early tomorrow morning, I’ll reach over 10,000 people who have downloaded the book.  Yes, all but about 1,600 or 1,700 of those did so during the free download promotions.  That’s OK.  10,000 people reading my book feels good.

I’m left then to wonder why this book and not the other.  I think there may be a few reasons.  The genre.  The number of reviews.  That these things take time, momentum needs to build, and maybe I rushed Weed Therapy.  I know this — I’m still begging you that if you’re one of the people who has Weed Therapy on your Kindle to read it and post a review.  There’s no way I’ll be able to get the momentum going on that book without more reviews.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep pondering the mysteries of this all.

8 responses to “It’s Not the Time of the Year

  1. Charles Yallowitz August 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    That’s odd. As for the genre issue, they did something on Sunday that screwed around with genres. I was tossed all over the lists and seem to have been banned from a few for no reason. I’m supposed to hear back from Amazon on Friday as they look into the problem that appears to have only hit indie authors.

  2. Help Me Help Holly ♥ August 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m working on it. Will read it as soon as I can and leave a review 🙂

  3. runningtoherdreams August 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I downloaded both of them! 🙂

  4. justmoo33 August 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Being a project manager, I’m trying the various promotional methods and recording results in a spreadsheet. Yes – I am a sad person 😉 My conclusions will be blogged at some point, but a quick summary is – I’ve no idea how this works!

    • kingmidget August 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

      LOL. I’m disappointed that your approach isn’t finding an answer, but I’m not surprised. I’m pretty convinced that there’s something very random at work, and, as I’ve started to realize lately, it’s really just about volume, volume, volume.

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