October officially marks the 6-month mark from when this whole adventure first began. It feels like just yesterday that I woke up one morning to find that I was no longer as invisible on the internet as I thought. It all started with a newsletter from another indie author sharing advice on how to properly utilize tags and six months later I’ve sold over 25,000 books! That’s sold as in people actually purchased my books, not free downloads, which have amounted to well over 175,000!!! I’m not ready to exit this thrill ride. It’s been such a dream come true. But as you can see both my sales and downloads are steadily declining and that can only mean one thing–it’s time to publish something new. While I’m working on making that happen (and creating a future publication schedule that takes into account the 6-8 months it takes for a book to break through the sludge, climb to the top of the charts, and then fizzle out) I resubmitted TGIB to various promo sites (author Andrea Pearson lists several sites to list your book in her guest post on JA Konrath’s blog). I haven’t seen any significant results, but then again, maybe the fact that my sales haven’t dropped to 0 is a significant result… However, none of the sites I found or submitted to were directed towards an international audience besides those in the UK and I’m still trying to figure out how to focus my efforts on reaching readers in Australia, Canada, and India. Once I pick up steam on book in the series I plan on taking some time this month to really evaluate my sales across platforms and figure out how to maximize my results in the future. Hopefully more research will give me the insight I need in order to break into those international markets. Until then, I think a celebration is definitely in order. Because…
September started to show the dramatic downward shift I’d been anticipating, which was not entirely devastating since it was expected. But, it does prove that all success is finite and that if I want to continue making money as an author than I’m going to have to do the most obvious thing, which is keep writing. Which…I’m struggling to do right now while I’m in school. The good news is that I’m getting caught up on homework and will soon have lots of time–more time than I originally anticipated (due to quitting my full-time job and whatnot)–to finish TGIB series and move on to NEW projects!! But those things are still a long ways off (I’m shooting for a March 2016 release for TGIB book 4) and there’s still a TON of work to do in the meantime. Since it’s likely that I won’t have a new book for sale for another 5ish months I’m trying to research ways to break into more international markets. My success in the UK sort of just happened, which means that I’m not exactly sure how to replicate it. But my sales in territories like Canada, Australia, and India have slowly been on the rise and even though they’re somewhat minuscule at present I know that if they pick up I’ll have a stronger financial foundation to support future projects. I just have to figure out how to make that happen. So, if anyone has any resources–blog posts, promo sites, etc.–that talk about breaking into international markets, please share them and I’ll be sure to do the same!
So much for tending to my blog. Those ten days between the summer and fall semester flew by. In between I took a trip to my hometown, I bought a new car (more on that in a later post as it was an incredibly liberating moment and entirely thanks to all of YOU), and I didn’t write a single word. I take my first cert exam on September 16th and afterward will finally be able to incorporate writing back into my schedule, even if it’s only one day a week until the end of the semester (also in a later post–my anxiety surrounding my return to writing after a much-too-long hiatus).
The good news is that sales still haven’t trickled out. October is officially the six-month mark and I’d anticipated a more dramatic decrease or some kind of fluctuation at least, but so far nothing catastrophically devastating has happened. In August sales slowly dropped from 200 books a day to around 170-180 but downloads remained strong, which has really been key to my steady sales from month to month. As long as people are still downloading TGIB for free I can anticipate sales for the following month, although what percentage of readers actually go on to buy book 2 I haven’t calculated yet. At the end of October I plan to analyze all of this data more thoroughly and compare Amazon’s numbers with my other retailers along with blog stats and new newsletter followers. But for now, please excuse my hibernation (I know, I know, AGAIN) while I cram for cert exams and try to psyche myself up for my return to the Dreamer Universe.
There are still a handful of international Amazon retailers that don’t have The Girl In Between listed as free. If you live in one of these territories and want to be able to download the book for free or if you just feel like doing me a huge favor, use the links and instructions below to help me get TGIB price matched!!!
Here are a list of all the retailers where The Girl In Between is currently available for FREE:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Laekan_Zea_Kemp_The_Girl_In_Between?id=3-8hBQAAQBAJ
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-in-between-laekan-zea-kemp/1120421881?ean=2940046377927
Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQL0LRC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Between-Laekan-Zea-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Amazon (Italy): http://www.amazon.it/Girl-Between-English-Laekan-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433626764&sr=8-1&keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (Netherlands): http://www.amazon.nl/Girl-Between-English-Laekan-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1433626809&sr=8-4&keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (Brazil): http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/187-4694143-4369247?__mk_pt_BR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (CA): http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
*I’ve pasted the entire links so it’ll be easier to just copy/paste them into the appropriate notification forms*
And here are the Amazon retailers that still show The Girl in Between as being $0.99+ along with screenshots to help you find the “tell us about a lower price” link:
These Amazon sites don’t seem to have a price-match link, although if you happen to speak any of these languages and see it hiding somewhere else, please let me know:
Once you click on the “tell us about a lower price” link, the following form will pop up (It might prompt you to log in first but your Amazon log-in should work in all territories):
Choose the online/website option and then copy/paste the links above one at a time before typing $0 in the price field and hitting submit.
These forms are identical in all languages so just paste the same information in the same fields each time.
If you happen to take the time to submit price matching feedback on any of these Amazon sites please leave a comment on this post so I can thank you personally! The success of my books has been a team effort between readers and my fellow indie authors and I couldn’t be more grateful! Thanks in advance to everyone who lends a hand!
So this happened…
Sometime around the end of April Amazon finally price-matched The Girl In Between and made it free on Amazon UK. Since then downloads have skyrocketed and sales for the other books in the series have steadily grown. Like…a lot.
Amazon even put a cute little “Best Seller” flag next to the sequel!
The Girl In Between and The Boy In Her Dreams have both hit number 1 in several categories over the past week, which is the result of over 15,000 downloads and 1,000 copies sold.
Looking at the rankings for The Boy In Her Dreams, I’ve concluded that you need to sell between 30-50 books a day in order to chart on one of Amazon’s bestsellers’ lists. I had a few days this week where my sales reached 100, which I have to credit for pushing the book into the number one spot on the lists below.
Yes, that is THE Cassandra Clare stuck at number 4. And do you see who just so happens to be battling me for first under Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the screenshot below? Yes, that would be THE Veronica Roth. For approximately 24 hours I’ve actually been BEATING her in the Paranormal and Urban Fantasy category!!!!!
As you can see May has been total insanity. In a good way. In the BEST WAY! Thank you UK readers!!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!! You’ve made my dreams come true. It was just last year that I was barely managing to sell a few copies a month and for the past week I’ve been selling 50+ books each night in my sleep. It’s thrilling and wonderful and magical and I can’t believe this is actually happening. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Thank you for taking a chance on my books, for devouring them, for loving them, for sharing them with your friends. Thank you for supporting independent art and the daring individuals who choose to make it.