First things first….the clocks go forward tonight and the swallows have finally arrived in the skies over Carvoeiro. Actually, they are house martins (I just checked; these ones don’t have really forked tails, swallows do). So, after the arrival of the swifts a week ago, summer’s here! Funy thing about these little supersonic insect harvesters; you hear them before you see them….a symphony of high-pitched squeaks from a cloudless heaven (although today, perversely, it’s raining and cloudy).
Second, a quick review of my book promorion activities in March. In February, I did the KDP Countdown deal and supported it with a review group activity on Goodreads plus lots of blogging and plenty of tweets. I also appeared in two local newspapers. The result was around 80 downloads (most of which were discounted to $0.99 or £0.99) and a few more reviews although these obviously take time. Surprisingly, I got downloads of my other 4 novels that I wasn’t actively promoting.
In March, I limited the activity to blogging and twitter with no KDP promotion just to see the effects of the Countdown Promotion. The result was only 4 downloads, so the message is simple: Amazon KDP promotions really work. Regarding reviews, I have 6 on Amazon.co.uk, 4 on Amazon.com and on Goodreads, 4 reviews and 7 ratings. So, it’s happening. Slowly. However, it is still true that I need at least 10 reviews on each website before readers who do not know me will be tempted to download the book.
Go on, have a look! http://getBook.at/FlightIntoDarkness.
For April, I’m hoping to try Alan Kealey’s Indieauthor News (http://www.indieauthornews.com/) which involves a small cost but has a good reputation. I’ll let y’all know.