So I've decided to keep you posted on how my indie published novel Reveal is doing, one week out, one month out... so on an so forth. I know a lot of you who read my blog are indies yourself and maybe waiting to take the publishing plunge once you see how it goes for someone else.
First point of advice, don't. Selling books is total luck.
Read what other people say, it's important, but press publish as soon as your work is the best it will ever be.
In the first week since Reveal has gone live I've gotten eight reviews all four and five stars with one three star that was still a very positive review. I've been featured on twelve blogs, all highlighting excellent things about my book. I've probably had more than 75 RTs about the book. There's been three giveaways, one with more than 100 entries. And I have sold 12 books.
I started with the price at $2.99- what I intend to sell it for. I then dropped it to $.99 for the holidays. It will be available at this price through the new year. January 2nd the price will go back up. We'll see how this special promotion goes.
So far, I don't know that I've been particularly lucky. I wish I was luckier actually. I promised Santa on Kindle Boards that if I made it into the top 10,000 on Kindle I will find a reindeer and kiss it. That is a serious promise... (goes to find zoo lists), but one that I doubt will happen, I only have two days to make that happen.
In three weeks I will tell you where I'm at. By then my current WIP will be more than half done, perhaps totally done.
The best advice anyone can give you is... keep writing. The more books you have out there the better chance you have at getting noticed. Just make sure you love them as much as the first book you put out, just for different reasons. My goal is to put out four books next year. I'll let you know how that goes.
For now, I have my fingers and toes crossed.
Thanks for all your support!