Experiences of my first day published.

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.


About lechaise
An unpublished, unrepresented author, I've so far self published my first book to Top 20 Amazon Humour chart success, and a slightly less amateurish first draft of my second book. The third book is now being written after which I'll edit my second book then think about completing editing on my first. Or maybe I'll skip all that and start writing my fourth, or just say sod it and go to the pub.

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