Ben Chapin wrote:
I know I might risk getting flamed but I don't care... I try to have 1 free book (1 day only and obviously that means they are in KDP) 1-3 times a week and it helps keep sales up. I have 20 books (various pen names), seems to of helped. When I wasn't doing this, I was averaging around 5-10 sales a day with some days almost 0 and some days around 20. Now I'm always around 20 sales a day and spikes up into the 30's and 40's. It's by far not a traditional method, but it works for me.
I have 8 books on Amazon and I’m nowhere near selling 1 per day. Is there a reason why? I’ve used the free book promotion numerous times, invested in social media marketing. I’ve even done radio interviews. 5 of my books are part of a series, and 2 of them have a 5-star rating.
I took a cursory look at your backlist. Financial advice from someone not a financial guru, a religious treatise from someone who's not a pastor, and a five-book women's literary fiction series not written by Nicholas Sparks -- all are traditionally steep paths for indie writers to climb. With specialized nonfiction, you need chops readers can believe in; with unpopular genres (compared to science fiction, romance and mystery) you need that indefinable edge over other writers to gain a very limited readership. Good luck.
I am relatively new to all this myself, and as a newbie, I know we focus so much on sales that it starts to become obsessive. I am happy writing something that people like, and I am amazed if it is read. I do not profess to be the most proficient writer and would be interested to know the secret, but I have four books out, and I know I am still learning with each one.
My free promotions always seem to do ok - just not actual sales.
I'm a young author, debuting this November. I sell about five books a day. I use ams, both product placement and sponsored products. The only metric I know of to see how I'm doing comparatively is how I rank in my categories. I sit around 80th, so I guess selling five books a day is good for one title?