This is a serious question since my 1st release seems to have hit the end of it’s life…or I have found the true depth of my platform as a writer.
This isn’t a whine – I’m thinking with my fingers.
Reviews, new covers, ads on Nookboards, participation in more forums than I can name off hand. Hand selling to friends and aquaintences, promotion, $.99 pricing, $3.25 pricing, changes to the cover, Goodreads, Library Thing – I’ve done everything I can think to do.
It’s been more than 60 days since my last sale. There are 150 odd samples out – that I know of – yet the book is stalled.
Is the problem that the book sold cheap and was snapped up by book hoarders who have hundreds or thousands of titles on their e-readers? Possibly – most likely is the book has hit the saturation point for my little bitty niche.
My regret is the bottoming out on the ratings charts for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book has vanished, never to return. Both sites ‘also bought’ feature shows free and $.99 books – Nookbook click-through rate is 11% – though this may pick up after 3 months.
Realistically, what are my options? Drop the price? It didn’t help the last time, or the time before – the book sold the best at $3.25 it died as a $.99 book (for 8 weeks.) The ad may revive it – miracles can happen.
What I need is a plan.
There is a short story I wrote a long time ago. I think that I can use it as a ‘loss leader’ to market my writing. The story itself need some polishing. But I know where I can market it.
So – I’m back to work on something short – to refresh my imagination that has gone stagnant. Keep an eye out for more.