New low low price!

Due to other commitments, I haven’t been able to do much marketing of ShaftAways. Therefore, sales have not really met my expectations. (Or at least I hope that’s the reason!)

I’m trying a new price of $3.99 to see if that makes a difference. Even though, I think that’s a rather low price for a full-length novel, we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

Happy reading!

–CJ

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Free for Three!

That’s not a lisp.

ShaftAways is free for three days, starting June 6th.

One of the reasons for enrolling in Amazon’s KDP Select, the author program that makes their books available to read for free through Kindle Unlimited, is the promotional option it includes.

An author may choose to do one promotion deal per three-month enrollment period. There are two types of promotions–a price countdown, which is a tiered sale that decreases savings over a number of days. For example, a $5.99 book might be priced at 99 cents on Monday, $1.99 on Tuesday, and increase in price until ending at $4.99 on the final day of the campaign.

That’s what I intended to do.

Then I changed my mind.

I decided to keep things simple for my first campaign and make the book absolutely FREE for three days. Each enrollment period includes five free days and they needn’t be consecutive. So it can even go on sale again, depending on how the first campaign goes.

If you haven’t picked up ShaftAways yet, now’s your chance. No strings attached.

Happy reading!

–CJ

Time to try Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited

Well, as I said earlier when pondering tall vs. wide, if Nook and Kobo didn’t perform well, I’d give going tall a shot.

Given the title of this post, it doesn’t take Veronica Mars to figure out how going wide panned out.

Therefore, today I enrolled ShaftAways in Kindle Unlimited.

The key point in Amazon’s terms and conditions for Kindle Unlimited demands exclusivity, which is why for many new writers, joining it is even a question at all. Therefore, all of the links to other stores I posted earlier are no longer valid. (Although it doesn’t appear too many people clicked them anyway!) 😉

The other condition of note is that enrollment periods last for three months. Therefore, if I don’t like how things are going, I can choose to opt-out and give multiple platforms another shot.

Happy reading!

— CJ

 

Free via Goodreads “Don’t Buy Me Love”

Goodreads is great.

After joining the M/M Romance Group and taking a look around, I noticed this thing called DBML (or Don’t Buy My Love: A Free for Review Program). Here’s a snapshot of what it’s all about:

Twice a week, one of our authors who has decided to join our program, will offer up one of their books for the masses. They’ll set a limit to the number of books we can offer and provide the ebook in various formats for our readers. Then the thread in the DBML folder with their book will open up and any member of the group can sign up to receive their free copy and read the book, up to that maximum number we can give out. There’s just one other little requirement, you must post an honest and meaningful review of the book in exchange for receiving it.

I joined the program immediately and I’m happy to say ShaftAways is now live, with 20 free review copies available (minus 4 the last time I checked).

All you need to do is join the M/M Romance Group and head to the post offering my book!

–CJ

 

One month later… tall vs. wide?

My novel has been out for a month. I’ve learned a lot in those four weeks, and I reckon I’ve barely scratched the surface.

While the sales have not met my (rather high) expectations, I have not given up. (After all, it’s only been a month.)

While I look at new and more ways to promote ShaftAways, one conundrum I face face is the predicament of tall vs. wide. By this I am referring to the sales channel(s) I choose. I launched it by going wide, making it available in multiple stores: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, 24 Symbols, iTunes (or i Book).

However, the best performer by far has been Amazon. In fact, Kobo and iTunes have resulted in no sales whatsoever. Granted, I have not promoted those stores/links too much.

So why not just leave them there, just in case? Because of Amazon’s book promo system. In order to offer promos (sales, freebies, etc.), authors are required to enroll the book in KDP Select, which makes it available to borrow for free through Kindle Unlimited. (Authors are then paid on pages read calculation).

I have no issue with Kindle Unlimited, however one of conditions for enrolling a book in KDP is Amazon exclusivity. This forces the the author to go tall, and I would be required to remove ShaftAways from all other stores. This answers the question: Why not just leave them there?

And while they are not selling well in other stores, I am in contact with reviewers and am enrolled in upcoming promotions that link to the other stores.

The KDP Select operates on 3-month contracts, so I may give it a go, depending on how the other promos turn out.

-CJ

 

It’s Alive! Or rather, I am.

My book is finally for sale and available for purchase. This is no pre-order. This is the real deal. And it feels great! Especially considering there were first-day sales (something I was admittedly fearing would not be there).

I have no idea how the book will do, but all of the initial reviews (from my ARC readers) have been positive. Obviously I hope it does well, and am doing my best to help that happen.

I continue to learn more and more about publishing and promoting, as I explore and navigate the ever-evolving world of the indie publishing.

ShaftAways is available for sale at Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and the “Spotify-for-books” 24 symbols.

Due to technical issues (which I will rant about in another post), the paperback version is still trapped in the status of Coming Soon.

Anyways, regardless of how well it sells, I’m thankful for the experience. I’m no longer in that easily-patronized state of “working on a novel”. I’ve written one. And yes, people even bought it.

Thanks to all who’ve been part of it!

–CJ

 

Paperback Proof Problems

P-P-Problems! I guess some should be expected.

I made my novel available for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble, and these are all up online and fine. The problem I’ve run into is with the paperback version. (FYI: It is only available in paperback through Amazon.)

Amazon allows authors to order proofs at cost, so I ordered a copy to review ahead of time, just to make sure I was satisfied with the final product. It’s a nice service to provide, and of course, I was looking forward to seeing my first book in print!

However, due to some technical glitch on Amazon’s end (it was never explained to me), I was unable to order my proof. Every time I tired to do so, I was told on the pre-checkout screen that Amazon could not deliver it to me.

I contacted Customer Support immediately. They told me they were on the case. That was around two weeks ago. I keep getting updates with an apology to inform me that they’re “working on it”, but never with any more detail than that.

Seeing as my book launches in three days, it’s obvious that it will be doing so without any proof.