It’s an odd time, post-publication. For authors with traditional publishing houses behind them, I daresay this is a period of frenzied promotional activity, with champagne-lubricated launches across the world and endless media interviews. But for little old me, it means sitting here checking the UPS website every ten minutes to track the delivery of my books from CreateSpace in South Carolina, while occasionally looking at Amazon to see whether anyone has left a review. I know that people are receiving their copies – thank you, Carol in West Row, for your wonderful photos of the grand unwrapping! – and here on my desk I have pre-prepared addressed envelopes ready to send out the review copies as soon as they arrive.
In the meantime, I wanted your opinion on the special price reduction I have done on the Kindle edition of “Fatal Forgery”. I did it as a way to draw people into the series, just before the appearance of “Faith, Hope and Trickery”, and the initial uptake was encouraging. I reduced the price to 99p (99¢ in the US; 0.99 euros in the EU) on 7 March. Between 7 March and 9 March – when I suspect you were all kindly passing on the good news, and I had links on Facebook and Twitter – I sold twelve copies, but nothing since then (I suppose the promo links have fallen from view). Should I return “FF” to its normal Kindle price, to fit in with the others – that’s about £3.62? Or should I keep it at 99p permanently, as a sort of entry-level drug to get people to sample the series, and do more puffs about it? Amazon does occasionally promote its 99p Kindle catalogue and there’s a chance “FF” could appear in such a promotion – but I suspect that’s for books with higher sales figures already. (What I do know is that it definitely won’t appear in a 99p promo if it’s priced at £3.62!) Complicating the issue is the fact that Amazon – of its own volition – has created a Kindle bundle of the first four Sam books, and that includes “FF” at 99p. I don’t think anyone has bought the bundle – my current sales info shows no sales in recent weeks of any of the middle books in the series, which it would if the bundle had sold.
So, dear readers, what do you think? Leave it at 99p, or put it back to the higher price? (I suppose you need this info: if it sells at 99p I get 35p royalty, and if it sells at £3.62 I get £2.09. But that’s only if it sells! So lots of 35p is better than no £2.09…)