It’s been about two months and a week since I launched Write Short Kindle Books, which became a Kindle bestseller and has easily been my most successful book yet. I previously posted an extensive rundown of how my initial launch month went, but I figured it’d be useful to check-in with an update on how things have gone past the prime 30-day launch window.
Overall, things are starting to slow down a bit, but I’m really pleased with how it’s all going. I’m also nowhere near finished with promo plans and other ideas to keep the book out there and in the charts. Anyhow, let’s get to it!
A quick update, by the numbers
Launch date: January 9, 2015
Regular paid sale to date: 2,004
Kindle Unlimited (paid) sales to date: 618
Total paid sales to date: 2,622
Approximate total WSKB income to date: $2,700+
Number of customer reviews to date: 83
Customer rating average: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Dollar amount spent to create, launch, and market the book: $0.00
A few thoughts and notes on WSKB’s success
Hitting #1 in several categories early-on in my launch cycle definitely had a big impact in my overall sales and visibility on the Amazon Bestseller charts in several key niche categories, but I think holding the #1 slot in a few categories steadily for over a month, then continuing to stay in the top 1-4 top selling books in my respective categories REALLY helped keep sales rolling steady.
On most days I’ve sold at least 20+ copies of WSKB and had a fluctuating number of KU downloads daily. Some days have seen sales hit the high 60-to-80 mark, but in general, it’s been around 20-30 copies daily.
I was holding my breath around the month mark to see if being booted from the “Hot New Releases” tab (which happens after a book has been out a month and no longer “new”) would negatively impact sales. It didn’t, but probably because I was still in the #1 slot.
I’ve continued to hustle and promote the book daily, posting in relevant Facebook groups and other social media, and doing what I can to create interesting content around the book as time allows between a busy freelance schedule and other book projects.
Book 2 launches!
WSKB sales have begun to slow down in March, but I’m not surprised. They’ve held pretty steady, even after I bumped the price up to its more normal range at $2.99. I’ll probably run a $0.99 promo in the not-too-distant future to jump-start momentum if it lags too much.
Over the past week or so, I’ve been getting between 10-20 sales a day or less, though I’ve also shifted gears to promote the recent launch of Book 2 in the series, Indie Author Success Strategies: 19 Tips to Boost Your Kindle Book Business.
That’s been interesting, too. The cover is brighter and bolder, and it’s a book that’s packed with actionable insights that build on and go beyond the strong foundation for the series I laid down in WSKB, but it’s not gaining the same traction. At least not yet.
This intrigues me, as it could be any number of things that might be the cause. I will note, however, that in its first week, WSKB only averaged about 10 sales a day, then rapidly spiked upwards in week two and continued to climb each week for the first month. I’m hoping a similar thing happens with Book 2, but who knows, right?
Maybe the title and subtitle aren’t as keyword rich? Maybe something I did different with my launch promo efforts hampered its momentum. Maybe folks just aren’t as interested in the topic and/or content, though I feel it’s a strong book that definitely delivers a lot of value for its current $0.99 launch price. Maybe some people are turned off by the term “indie author” in the title? Or maybe it’s none of the above and I just need to keep at it and give it more time to build?
It’s gotten some very positive reviews so far, and it is ranking on the charts in the top 100 books in both its categories at least, so there’s that.
I’m not really sweating it, but I am eager to get more momentum rolling for Book 2 while it’s still new enough to benefit from the traction I’d get from venturing into the top 3 territory in my categories. If you want to check it out, I’d appreciate it.
Wrap-up (for now)
I’ve been taking extensive notes on both book launches, and I plan to keep reporting back throughout the process! It’s been an exciting run with this new series, and I’m only just getting started.
Book 3, which is well underway, will be both a Kindle book and an expanded Udemy course on Podcasting for Authors. I’ve already interviewed Joanna Penn, Bryan Cohen, and some other great folks to add additional insight and killer content for the book and course, and I have a growing list of excellent author-podcaster folks I’ll be touching base with and interviewing soon. In the meantime, you can also check out my own podcast, The Freelance Game, which just fired up its second season!
Thanks for reading! Hope my word-nerd ramblings were interesting or useful!
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I know from personal experience that that is a fantastic result, so very well done to you. I am a published author ( Hurrah ) but with very limited sales ( Boo ) who, despite wading through a number of marketing guides, some of them very well regarded, still has very little idea what I’m doing. The problem is compounded by the fact that my publisher knows nothing of Amazon algorithms, genre’s and the like, and we both know understanding those two things is a basic in today’s market. Once again. Well. done you. I know how amazing that is 🙂
Thanks Peter, appreciate it! Sounds like you’ve got a traditional publisher? Have you considered going hybrid and self-publishing on the side? I highly recommend it, even if it’s just to experiment! 🙂
Well, I’ve got one book out, and one book coming out on April 9th, and it is through a traditional publishers who are very nice but not really savvy in the internet marketing world: something I have I common with them, I am reflecting on what to do about my third book !
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