Kindle Countdown Deals 2 & ‘A Place to Call Home’

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I promoted my non-fiction e-book A Writer on Writing – Advice to Make You a Success using the new KDP Select sales tool – Kindle Countdown Deals. A Writer On WritingIt was reduced from £1.99 to 99p for 7 days.

I thought I’d let you know how I got on.

During the promotion period I sold 20 copies in the UK but 1 was later refunded (Kindle books can be refunded if the request is made within 7 days of the original purchase – Amazon then automatically remove the book from your device). I sold 3 copies in the US where the discount was also running and 1 copy in Australia at full price (Kindle Countdown Deals only apply to the US and the UK).

In the week after the promotion period I sold 2 copies in the UK at full price and received 1 new review. I sold none anywhere else.

So I won’t be booking that Caribbean cruise just yet but I might manage to treat myself to a Salted Caramel Latte in Costa (I’m rather partial to them when they appear on the Christmas menu!).

But, all things considered, I’m fairly happy with the result because I didn’t spend much time promoting the Deal apart from here and on a couple of forums and a lot of the people I reached in this way would probably already have the book from earlier, free, promotions. Also, thanks to those people that gave me a shout-out!

It’s definitely a tool I’d consider using again sometime in the future. Psychologically, it feels better than giving books away for free but I think the free promo still has it’s place for cheaper books and as a method of giving a new book an initial ‘lift’.

On another subject, I’ve just finished reading my advance copy of Carole Matthews new book – ‘A Place to Call Home’. The story brings together 4 injured souls who are all hurting in different ways. Over the course of a summer they bond together and help each other to heal. It’s an easy to read, ‘feel good’ novel – just the thing if you’re fed up of these long dark days of winter. It will be published on Jan 9th 2014 but is available for Amazon pre-order now in hardback and e-book format.

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  1. #1 by susanjanejones on December 29, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Well done on your promotions Sally. I had an email to say some money was going in to my bank from Amazon, I haven’t a clue who why, where or when it happened, but not complaining as it wasn’t much, made me happy all the same though. Happy New Year. Keep up the great blogging.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on December 29, 2013 - 3:23 pm

      Congrats on the money from Amazon, Susan! I think Amazon no longer wait until royalties have reached £10 before paying out – so we should now get royalties every month that we sell something (however few copies). And it’s always nice to see money going into the bank account instead of out!

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