A Blush of Magic – 5 Stars – free to download

Currently rated #1 as an ebook in the romance/fantasy category, “A Blush of Magic” is free to download for one more day-until midnight Thursday. Don’t miss your chance. http://www.amazon.com/Blush-Magic-Rose-Connelly-ebook/dp/B00EBC0LHK/

How not to do a KDP Free Promotion – Obviously

Hello readers and fellow authors. I’m here today to share with you a little story that I wish wasn’t the truth, but sadly is. Here goes.

So after months of querying agents and publishers, getting some interest and positive comments, but – ultimately – being told it just didn’t ‘fit,’ I finally published ‘A Blush of Magic‘ through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Then I had this bright idea (I know, you’re probably already cringing – right?). I already had one romance, ‘Running from Fate,’ published through KDP and I thought: why not do a double promotion?

For those of you who don’t know, a KDP author can sign up for KDP Select, give Amazon exclusive rights to the ebook for 90 day and, in return, get 5 days where they can offer their ebook for free.

Bright idea: offer ‘Running from Fate’ free for 2 days one week and, in my blog and tweets, I made it clear the promotion was in commemoration of my new book.  Then, a week later, offer ‘A Blush of Magic’ free for two days.

I tweeted, tweeted to other people and asked for retweets, I blogged, I posted notices on Goodreads and other websites; I was ready for downloads to sky-rocket (they did the first time I did this for ‘Running from Fate’).

THEY DIDN’T! In fact, I got less than a quarter of the free downloads I had the previous week with ‘Running from Fate.’

So, I ask you – and please feel free to answer – what did I do wrong? Help or advice on marketing would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all those people who did spread the word and who downloaded my books.

Happy reading

Rose Connelly

One Day Free Ebook Promotion

From 12am on Sunday October 7th, 2012, to 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time) download “Running from Fate” on your Kindle for free!

Marketing your Kindle ebook

I’ve been looking at all these websites about how to market your Kindle ebook. I’ve seen tags mentioned, guest blogging, having a Facebook fanpage, using twitter, etc…Of course, I did find websites that wanted to sell me a book about marketing ebooks, which in my mind is a great gambit for them, but defeats the purpose for me; I’m trying to make money, not spend it.
Anyway, I got to thinking, I don’t have many people who follow my blog, barely over 100 who are connected to me on Twitter, and only one or two non-family friends on my specific author-related Facebook page. Now, I’m not saying that, provided you put enough energy into it, those things couldn’t work, but they haven’t done much for me so far.
For the first month that my book “Running from Fate” was on Amazon I barely had 50 sales and most of those were probably from friends and family. I was wary of making my ebook exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, but I signed up for KDP Select. It allows me 5 days to use for promotion, where people can download my book for free. In two days I had almost 15,000 downloads and, after the free download ended I’ve sold close to 300 books.
Sales do drop off though and I’m wondering how other people have successfully marketed their ebooks. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’m a big reader and I don’t search blogs and forums before I buy a book. Maybe I’m just not that into technology or I’m showing my age.
Anyway, if anyone has any ideas to share I’d love to hear them.

Happy reading

Rose Connelly

Running from Fate book sales, reviews and comments

I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who downloaded ‘Running from Fate‘ during the promotion and those who posted reviews and made comments on various websites. It was my very first book and I know there are some aspects that could perhaps have been done a bit better, but I believe writers always think that. It’s difficult and nerve-racking putting your work out there to be judged by others. It is a lot easier sending queries and even manuscripts off to unknown agents as it’s kind of impersonal and at least if they don’t like it, they won’t be posting comments on-line for everyone to see.

Still, I hope everyone enjoyed reading it. Since looking at a proof for Create Space I have noticed some spelling and grammar issues that neither myself nor beta readers noticed in the electronic version. I think you just get too used to seeing the text and a change of medium was what I needed. I have since uploaded a corrected version to Amazon and I have asked them how to go about notifying people who purchased the book before today of the update. As soon as I find out I will notify purchasers.

Over 14,000 people downloaded the book during the free promotion

I have since sold over 200 copies

Take a look at this review on Free Kindle News.

Within a few days a print copy should be available from Amazon.

Thank you again for all your support. Happy reading.

Rose Connelly

Published on Amazon Kindle

Well, I have gone ahead and done it; published an e-book on Amazon. It’s a romance with a good mix between contemporary and suspense. The tile is ‘Running from Fate.’ I’ll do what I can to market and increase my ratings and we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep everyone updated. View my book here: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D1286228011&field-keywords=Running+from+Fate&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133143011%2Cn%3A!251259011%2Cn%3A1286228011%2Ck%3ARunning+from+Fate And if you have any e-book stories of your own, I’d love to hear them.

Happy writing,

Rose Connelly (real name Cassandra Connolly-Brown )

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