About two weeks ago I decided to make Signs and Wonders exclusive to the Kindle for a few months.
While there’s something to be said about not putting all your eggs in one basket, Barnes & Noble, Apple and other retailers have not generated many sales over the past five months — perhaps a dozen, all told. Kindle and the paperback, combined, are 1,300+.
The big advantage to being exclusive with Amazon is they give you five days out of every 90 where you can schedule free promotions. I offered one this past Monday, which generated 3,000 free downloads, and have since sold 150 copies in the past 2 1/2 days. I also get paid if you check the book out through Amazon’s Kindle lending library, which is available now to their Amazon Prime customers.
If you don’t have a Kindle, the paperback is still available, through Amazon. It’s priced at $3.99 and arrives in just a few days.
And the angel said unto them:
Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.”
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Yes, this may be the season where people grow frantic and spend way too much time in shopping malls and not enough time remembering the reason we have this season in the first place … but they’re still finding time to buy Kindle books. And that’s a very good thing.
The book had just come off going free last Sunday, so there wasn’t much point in posting sales numbers.
Saturday, Dec. 3 — 12
Sunday, Dec. 4 — 2
Monday, Dec. 5 — 8
Tuesday, Dec. 6 — 7
Wednesday, Dec. 7 — 4
Thursday, Dec. 8 — 8
Friday, Dec. 9 — 4
Saturday, Dec. 10 — 9
Amazon US 25
Amazon UK 15
Total for the week: 42
Total for December: 57
Total to date: 913
The really great news this week is the book finally came off free status in England after month and started selling. I’d probably sold three copies total in the UK during the previous four months, so to sell 15 in one week is wonderful.
It also gives me hope for Amazon’s India and Australian stores, which I expect to open in 2012.
I’m off work tomorrow because I have to work this coming Saturday, so I’m hoping to make some progress on chapter 3 of the new book.
What’s not to love about November? You may mention the earlier sunsets, the chilly days, the onset of winter. But when November has been as kind to you, sales-wise, as the past 30 days have been, you forgive all that other stuff.
Interesting question this week: Are the numbers below the “long legs” effect from going free earlier this month or have sales reached a “sweet spot” where word-of-mouth is generating steady sales? Continue reading