It has officially been a month since I’ve posted “Slip Drive” on Amazon. To date it has made $16.45. In just March it has had 8 purchases. Which really isn’t that bad really. Kind of fun to see. As I’ve always stated, I never expected this story to start bringing in large amounts of cash. That was never the point. I just wanted to use it to test the market and see how the entire process works.
Let me show you a little graph.
The three highlighted areas demonstrate, roughly, the days I set “Slip Drive” for free; February 1st and 2nd, February 14th, and February 24th and 25th. I’m not really sure what to make of that information. The first free days put me high in the rankings but it instantly fell off and started roller coasting. Then, before the 14th sale, it jumped back up and actually maintained a pretty high visibility.
Things slowed, so I finished off my last free days and what happened? Nothing. It continued to drop. The free days didn’t do a thing. So I’m out of free promotion days. And something curious happened. March rolls in and it started rise again. Maybe “Slip Drive” will follow the old adage, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”
One of two things are happening here. Either Amazon’s tracker doesn’t capture any real data/is slow on updating. Or the promotion days doesn’t mean squat. I’m leaning toward the latter.
KDP Select is an interesting program. But I don’t think it really amounts to much. You can run the same types of programs, more often, with Smashwords. Why bother with the Select program and Amazon’s exclusivity?
Now, I have read that some people have run into problems where Amazon will pick up that your product is cheaper somewhere else–even if it was for a short promotion–and price match. Then, trying to get your Amazon pricing to go back to the original price point can be a real hassle. With lots of emails and phone calls about that.
In the end, I’m still not sure if I think self-publishing is the only way to go. Honestly, I think an author is best to try and do both. Leverage every avenue you have. Set aside some stories for traditional publishing and make others for self-publishing. Locking yourself out of either is not really a good idea.
So, like with most things, a middle of the road approach is the best solution.
I broke through my mental block on CH 7 and wrote fourteen pages of it (for those that don’t know, I actually hand write my work first. So that’s fourteen pages in a ~6.5″ by ~9.5″ notebook. Spiral bound is best bound.
I still haven’t decided on when I want to talk more about the book. And I apologize for how vague I’ve been so far with it. When it gets closer to being finished is when I think I’ll get more into what it is about. There is still a lot of discovery happening right now. For instance, there was a character that I thought had gone away. That he wasn’t needed. But he found his way back into the book. Albeit younger and a bit more agoraphobic than before (can someone be a bit more agoraphobic?)
Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this adventure in self-publishing. There is still a lot more to learn, right? Write.