I made use of Amazon’s free Ebook promotions this week with two of my publications, for two days each. Prior to that I also offered the latest one for free on Facebook, and in total 90 copies went out. I also sold nine Ebooks, and one paperback last week, so that was a total of 100. There are writers who see that number of books flying out within minutes, but I am certainly a long way from that lofty position at this moment in time!
I have currently received four 5-star reviews on my newest offering and will consider myself lucky to end up with ten, overall, from amongst the 100 readers! As we all know, only a small percentage of customers actually leave reviews – or is that just my experience?
My intention is just to create awareness, at this stage; I still have to add to my collection so that satisfied customers have plenty to choose from if they so wish… well, that’s the plan, anyway!
However, I have one book that I just cannot give away! It is a 68-page dating guide, which has been a huge source of frustration for me. I wrote it because my ‘day job’ allows me to work with people from all over the world, responding to their life questions/issues… and the subject that absolutely comes up again and again is… love!
I began to recognise that there are only so many problems that we humans face; they just pop up a hell of a lot. And, I also recognised that people, especially women, were falling into the same dating traps again and again – so, I identified those traps and wrote about them, hoping to help the habitually love-lorn and disappointed to avoid them like the plague, and therefore have more success in finding love! Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Now, this was a bitch of a book to write. I struggled because I am aware of how sensitive and defensive people can be where their love life is concerned. I re-wrote the darned thing a million times, but I was determined not to let it get the better of me. I promoted it by email to a large number of my customers… with only a few takers. I also published it on Amazon and did receive a couple of reviews, one stating that it was almost too close to home for comfort! However, I didn’t like the cover and it was going nowhere, so I unpublished it. I have recently republished it, re-written and with a different cover. I have put it up for free promotion on Amazon for two days, but at the time of writing there have been no takers (the others started to go out almost immediately). I have decided that I am just going to let it run and leave it where it is… it isn’t eating up any space, as they say!
But, I really think that it is time I let this one go. There are loads of dating books out there (most of them talking to women as if they are made out of cut glass and deserving of the most perfect man in the world… wow, I’m not bitter, am I!), so I do know that the subject matter does sell… just not this book. It isn’t even that people are reading it and saying, “dear God, this is s**t!” They just aren’t interested, even for free. So, there you go, a lesson learned! From now on I am going to stick with my favourite niches of spiritual and everyday life/relationships. None of my other books have caused me anywhere near the same level of suffering as that 68-page bitch!