It seems like you guys get irritated by newbie questions, but I thought I would ask anyways.
My free promo ended this am, but hours and hours later, there are freebies still floating through. Is that normal? How does that occur?
And I've had 3 promos since I launched on the 22nd of June. All together I had 636 downloads. I've had 10 actual sales. 1 borrow. Just wondering if this was a good number? 5 star reviews so far, and 4 were verified purchases. One was a friend who got a freebie, so I'm not sure why it didn't say verified. Just kind of wondering what to expect.
I had a lot of success with Twitter this last promo. (The last for a month) And I seemed to notice that weekday promos were more successful than the one weekend day.
The precise time when promotions begin and end is a little vague. Amazon says something about "latency" in the fine print of the Select terms. I think that's computer lingo for "the techs screw stuff up occasionally." My last promo began late and ended later. Your promo may have started late, and that may be why it seems to be taking too long to end.
I have no idea what makes a good number. I'm happy whenever anyone downloads my book, free or otherwise. Your numbers sound good to me.
I have no idea whether freebies count as purchases for reviewing purposes.
Promos begin between Midnight and about 2am Pacific Time and end around the same time the next day.
As long as your price on your page returned to the regular price, you're good. Any free promos that come in after that point are delayed reporting and nothing to worry about. Most come in within a few hours but stragglers can come for days or sometimes weeks.
600 downloads is a very respectable number. Don't compare your download numbers to anyone elses. There are people that get 12K in downloads, but they're likely going to be well established already and picked up by a couple of the big free book blog sites. 10 downloads by people that are your target customer are better than 1000 downloads by people that will never actually open your book (although both do have value to you).
Sometimes there's a delay in reporting. I did a free promo a few months ago and saw some freebies being reported two days after the promo ended. Nothing to worry about, it's normal.
As far as what a good number of downloads is, it depends on a few things- how popular the genre is, how catching the blurb is (though some readers will grab anything that's free, regardless of how good the blurb is), how much you promoted it, and how well known of an author you are. If you were Stephen King, 636 downloads would be rather disappointing, but if it's your first piece of published work and this is the first time you're getting your name out, 636 is not bad! You might get a couple of reviews from it if you're lucky.
Just to clarify, people on here generally don't get irritated by newbie questions. Everyone is a newbie at some point. What some people get irritated at is when newbies post questions with easy-to-find answers without trying to find it on their own, or when newbies spam the threads with things like "please buy my book" because this isn't the place to promote your work. Feel free to post, ask questions, and join in on the conversation. The more you're around here, the more you'll get the feel of the threads.
Thanks for the welcome, and the sigh of posting newbie questions relief. LOL!
I thought 636 was okay, it is my first piece of published work. And I've already had 5 reviews come in, and several people seek out my FB page to tell me how much they loved it, so that was really nice. I can't wait to get more reviews. It helps me in writing my second book, my editing in the first could use some help. I have 4 kids, 3 dogs, and a crazy busy schedule, so editing is hard for me to get done $$ wise. A friend did it, and I think I'll take a hit on that. But the story is great, so that seems to be drawing them in.
I have been doing my own marketing, and I worked Twitter for the 24 hour freebie and it seemed to pay off. I was suprised. Even though I loathe the format/speed of Twitter, it helped. Guess I'll stick with it.
Editing helps a lot. My first two releases didn't get the editing time they should have, and as a result they both have 1-star reviews complaining about typos and errors I missed. Thankfully, most of the reviews are positive, so they "drown out" the negative ones, lol. Still, I wish I would have taken more time to edit- then maybe those negative reviews wouldn't have appeared at all (though negative reviews are inevitable eventually).
Hi Tiffluv! I'm a newbie as well, just published my first book last month. I am just NOW doing special promo's for it...we shall see where that takes it. I am very happy with the reviews...10 five stars...so that makes me happy. I think you are right, the reviews help a LOT.
We are not irritated by newbie questions. But some ask the same things over and over when the info is right on the forum. All they have to do is search and 100s of answers are available. Your question is different. I don't know the answer. Maybe it's a time zone issue.
And we're all new. The business side of writing is always changing. So there is new information to learn all of the time. And answers aren't meant to hurt feelings. But we all get hurt with the bad reputation of being an indie author, when folks put up horribly formatted books and books full of grammar and spelling errors. It's imperative that everyone bring the best product to the marketplace as possible. So people should not be intimidated. Ask questions after searching for an answer and if one wants feedback put a book link up. It makes more sense to have us make comments rather than the paying customer make comments and leave 1 star reviews.