So yesterday was the beginning of my campaign in that I actually did something. It was one of my free promotion days on Kindle KDP Select for my novel ‘The Guest Who Stayed.’ I combined this with a ‘free book of the day’ advert on Kindle Users Forum (UK edition). It was a good ad – very prominent. My only concern was that it described my category as ‘Romance’ when my Amazon listing is Historical Fiction. I queried this with KUF and was told that they use the information sent to them by Amazon but were in the process of improving the interface
The free KDP listing applied to all markets but the KUF ad applied only to the UK so I was keen to see if the ad bumped up the downloads in the UK.
The results for the day were Amazon.com = 34; Amazon.co.uk = 63; rest of the world = 5
So not stunning. Also bear in mind these are free downloads. I have read that the free KDP promo boosts ‘paid for sales’. I have yet to see any evidence of this.
On the positive side, people are reading the book which is good. My Amazon ranking for free books rose to 473 at one stage in the day but the paid for sales still languish around the 160,000 level.
I’ve got another KUF ‘book of the day’ advert on 14th of December, so I’ll monitor that and report back.
In the meantime I’m about to launch into Michelle Campbell-Scott’s book, ‘Goodreads for Authors’ – about which I’ve heard great things.
So in summary – no break-through yet but I’ve still got 3039 days left.