So, I finally got around to abandoning my first book to the world and got it published as a kindle download on the various amazon sites. The first day had 3 sales, which I thought was nice but I knew deep down that these were most likely 100% attributable to friends so felt something had to be done to reach a wider audience.
I had decided to go with Amazon’s kindle self publishing route and, as part of that, I additionally chose to opt in to their kindle lending library. This essentially means that I am tied to them for 3 months exclusively which is a nuisance when wanting to publish digitally elsewhere but, on the other hand, I have direct access to one of the largest digital lending libraries on the net.
The agreement also means that, within those 3 months, I can offer up to 5 promotional days when the book is available for free to Amazon customers. As I had been boring my friends with details of the book for the past few months I thought better to get rid of one of the days immediately and I was happily surprised with the results.
During that 24 hours, I reached number 20 in the UK kindle charts for humour (number 360 in the main kindle charts) and number 34 in the US/international chart (around 1500 ranking). There are said to be over 1.6 million titles on Amazon so, for me, I was extremely happy with the outcome.
Total download figures for that period were 294 worldwide.
Now comes the hard work. I might have been able to rely on friends and family for maybe 10% of those figures but I’m presuming that all those friends who wanted the book have now downloaded it, and so now I have to find new markets. Cue: more social networking, finding of kindle users forums and all sorts of self promotion. It’s hard work, but if I want to get noticed by an agent or publisher, that’s 100% necessary.