How Perfect You are has been out one week as of today!
Just a couple of thoughts:
- Goodreads has been an unexpected source of free exposure. I created an author profile and submitted my book to be listed, and several people added it to their “To-Read” list within the first day. I also have 3 reviews/ratings already! If you’re a Goodreads fan, find me here!
- Speaking of reviews, I think one of the hardest things is going to be getting Amazon reviews. This is unfortunate because the number of Amazon reviews has a direct influence on how the book is listed in Amazon’s rankings and thus how visible it is. And I totally get it. Of all the books I’ve bought on Amazon, I don’t know that I’ve ever gone back and left a review of any- even ones I really loved. I’ll definitely do better on that in the future! And if anyone who has read the book happens to read this and feels so compelled, go write an Amazon review. (Yes, even if you hated it. Although I really hope you didn’t.)
- Paperbacks are far outselling ebooks, which was unexpected. The ratio is almost 4:1. At the end of the day, I personally prefer paperbacks so I also get this, but I do read ebooks as well, and I had somehow gotten the impression that these days a huge bulk of Amazon sales for self-published authors came form ebooks. Not true in my case so far.
- On another related note, How Perfect is getting a pretty big chunk of pages read on Kindle Unlimited, so enrolling in KDP select (which gives Amazon exclusive rights to the ebook in exchange for paying me a royalty for every page read by Kindle Unlimited users) was definitely a good call for me. It’s too early in the month to see exactly how well it will do, but it’s kind of cool to look at the numbers. The first time the pages read count exceeded the number of pages in the book I was so excited because that had to mean at least two someones were reading it! Then we got above numbers that were easy to divide and now I can’t keep up with it, so that’s pretty awesome.
- I don’t have a five. I just like it when numbered lists end in multiples of 5. I don’t know why.
Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy so far! If even one person has fun reading my book, then it was worth it. I might not ever make it to the New York Times bestseller status, but I love to write and I have a lot more stories in my brain that I can’t wait to share. (Psst! Book 2 in the Carlson College series is underway!)