Thanks to Vince Dickinson, author of Fugue in C Minor and other works, I have officially crossed the rubicon. A tenth review of Weed Therapy on Amazon. He’s posted it on his website as well. (P.S. If you haven’t already, you really should give Vince’s novel a try. I gave it four stars on Amazon because it got to that point where I couldn’t put it down.)
What I find remarkable about the reviews for Weed Therapy is the quality and depth of those reviews. With Bridgeport, many of the reviews are nothing more than one liners. I’m not complaining about those. Believe me, I’m not complaining. But, what impresses me about the WT reviews is that the story seems to have struck a chord with the readers (at least those posting reviews) to go beyond the simple one-liner. The reviewers are writing about how the story relates to their own lives and experiences. I truly believe that there are things in the story that virtually every adult can relate to and that’s what I need to address to come up with a way to market the book.
I have posted about my criticisms of Amazon and failed promotional efforts. A few months ago, Amazon started a new promotional effort called Kindle Matchbook — where if you had purchased the paperback, you could get a discounted e-book version of the same book. Which seemed pretty meaningless considering we’re already all at .99 per e-book.
Today, they announced a new promotional effort. (Today, at least for me, since today was the first time I saw it.) It’s called Kindle Countdown, or something like that. Take your regularly priced e-book and discount it for a few days. Amazon will provide a “countdown clock” showing the length of the discount and, here’s the piece I’m interested in seeing, feature your book on their Kindle Countdown page. This is the type of thing they need to do more of. Find ways to feature self-published authors. I signed up. Weed Therapy, which has been at $4.99 for the past few weeks, will be at $1.99 on November 2 for two days, moving to $2.99 for two days, and then to $3.99 for another two days, before settling back at $4.99. Another piece of this … while their normal royalty for authors is 70% for anything above $2.99 and 35% for anything below $2.99, they will pay the 70% royalty rate for the lower prices during this type of promotion.
Again, I signed up.
And, now that I have ten reviews on Amazon, with an overall rating well above four stars, as soon as that promotion is over, I’m heading over to EReaderNewsToday.
Fingers crossed and pass the butter.