As a writer, I spend countless hours perfecting my characters, double checking my storyline, and asking dedicated beta readers to sit through numerous versions of the same story. All in the hopes that my words will touch others.
Being an indie author is so much fun, but it can also be quite difficult at times. Trying to find your niche. Getting your books into the hands of readers. Compiling enough reviews so when those readers stumble across your books, they stop and take a second glance. And this is exactly why it’s so important to have a great team! From the writing, to the editing, and finally to the cover and interior design. We always say “never judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, we all have. Which is why I’m so grateful to the team I have in my corner. To my editor Tom Shutt and the wonderful woman responsible for all the beautiful covers and the impeccable interior layouts…Judy Davison. (I cannot tell you how many times I hear, “oh my, these covers are gorgeous!”)
When I was deciding whether or not to take my books Kindle exclusive I was torn, because I know I have readers who rely on borrowing them from their local libraries (which you still can in paperback format) and others who purchase through small town book stores…and it is important to me that they are readily available to you. But with the series finally finished I wanted Lexie and Angela to find their place out there. For readers to get to know them and be touched by their powerful, emotional, tragic and uplifting story.
Kindle exclusive, or KDP select rather, allows indie authors like myself, several promotional options when we agree to offer our ebooks on Amazon and Amazon alone. One of which is offering up to five days where you’re books can be offered for free.
“Free? Everyone gasps, but how will you make any money?” It’s not about the money…at least not always, lol. Of course I want to make money off my hard work, but to find that niche I mentioned earlier takes time. It takes patience. It takes a willingness to look ahead. When I sat staring at these five beautiful books on the table, I realized I needed something big. I had to get The Harvest Series into as many hands as possible. Offering the series for free was how I would do that.
Each day I woke up to more downloads than the day before. I was blown away the first morning when I saw more than 400 books were now in the hands of readers across the world. And yes, I mean WORLD! From the U.S. to Denmark, France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. people were downloading The Harvest Series in droves. I was not solely responsible for this either. I had friends and family sharing my posts and spreading the word. And I had one blogger/reader friend in particular who graciously promoted the heck out of my books everyday, all week. So thank you Lisa at ljsecretaddiction.com for all you do for me and many other authors.
Now, at the end of the five day promo, I couldn’t be happier in my decision. The reason? 1,380 copies of The Harvest Series were downloaded worldwide!!
I want to say thank you to all of you who diligently shared, by post or word of mouth, about this unique little series or to those of you who took the time to download it.
As new reviews begin to trickle in my hope now is that Lexie and Angela will find there place in the big ol’ book world out there.