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indietmaried

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Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:37 AM
 
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I signed up my new book to the summer promotion offered thru Smashwords - have you done this before? I chose the 50% off deal, hoping it wasn't too much (or not enough) to see a difference in sales. It will last for the month of July, so I guess I'll see then if it worked at all. :)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/173516
politeia

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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:46 AM   in response to: indietmaried in response to: indietmaried
 
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There's no science to this. Try it out and see. The sales volume on SW tends not to be very high, so it's unlikely that you're risking much whatever you do. I don't mean that as a comment on your book, but on SW. From what I've seen, people download lots of samples there, and occasionally free books, but seem to purchase elsewhere.
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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:51 AM   in response to: indietmaried in response to: indietmaried
 
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I went with 25% off across the board, but since a short story was priced at .99, discounting it makes it free. So will see what happens with that. I have done the discount promotion before; the earth did not shake.
indietmaried

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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:37 AM   in response to: mauvemallow in response to: mauvemallow
 
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Yeah, I have a TON of downloads on Smashwords...so I see what you mean about people looking but not always buying.

Hopefully this does SOMETHING fun for July, if not, it's no biggy. ;)
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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 5:44 PM   in response to: indietmaried in response to: indietmaried
 
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What's your experience with SW been like? I'm only on Kindle at the moment but once my KDP select time expires I plan on listing my book elsewhere.
indietmaried

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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 6:01 PM   in response to: susanzeb2 in response to: susanzeb2
 
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I've only been using it or less than two weeks - probably not the best person to ask! LOL
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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 6:16 PM   in response to: susanzeb2 in response to: susanzeb2
 
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I've been on smashwords for about a year now. I put Marblestone Mansion book 1 up for free today and have gotten 10 notifications of "sales," which I assume means downloads since my cut is "0."

Smashword is a challenge, first with formatting you book correctly and then the time it takes to start getting paid. As far as I can tell, Apple, Sony, etc., pays 60 days after the end of the month just like Amazon. Since Smashwords only pays quarterly, it can seem like forever to get paid. I've gotten three checks so far and each time, my royalties doubled.

In my opinion, it beats trying to submit to each bookseller separately. Smashwords is a distributor and they do that very well. However, I have listed all but one book on Nook myself, because B&N pays monthly.
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Re: Decided to try out Smashwords July Promtion - 50% off too much?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:55 PM   in response to: indietmaried in response to: indietmaried
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I participated in the promotion once with no big results. However, my books are selling at the regular prices, so I'm pleased. I do not like the quarterly payments, but royalties outdo Amazon's monthly in the long run,
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