Monday, December 23, 2013

Early Release Holiday!

Oh steampunk tree, oh steampunk tree...
I hope you and yours are having a great holiday season.

Dragonfly Warrior was released early, just last week, and it quickly skyrocketed up the charts. In fact, it reached #39 on the Amazon Best Sellers List for Science Fiction - Steampunk.

Pretty cool. I guess technically, I can call myself an Amazon Best Selling Author.

But then Amazon's newest algorithm can not only giveth, but it can taketh away. After my friends (which includes many of you great people) and some family members bought it, sales pretty much slowed to a trickle. I will say that many of my friends are waiting for the paperback (which will be available on Amazon very soon). Whenever a book climbs the rankings in a short amount of time, then sales stop, Amazon punishes you.

It's an effort to stop manipulating the numbers, I understand. But you can bet you bottom dollar that I took a screenshot at the pinnacle of my glory.

I didn't plan very well for what happens after the release. In fact, I'm going to be in New Orleans from January 6-9th on business, so I won't be around to do much promotion during my official release day.

So my Christmas Wish is to get some help. What should I do next? How can I get more steady sales? I know many of us struggle with this aspect of the business, but I'm open to any and all suggestions to make sure Dragonfly Warrior doesn't end up being a dud.

Thanks so much, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, Christmas, and I look forward to posting here next week for the last time in 2013!!!

This is my proof. The matte finish is gorgeous!

Ebook versions available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What an awesome Christmas gift! Yes, you can say Amazon Best Seller now.
To keep it moving - blog tour, Twitter party, Goodreads giveaway when you have paper copies.
I know my publisher sends promotional items to Science Fiction Cons. That might be an idea.
If you need any science fiction sites, let me know.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

If you want to do a guest post at my site, you are more than welcome, Jay.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Just sent you an email for that info.! Thanks!

L. Diane: That would be fantastic! Thanks so much.

Rusty Carl said...

I tend to do nothing to support my work. So I've got nothing at add there. But I'm waiting for the paper book before I get mine. And matte finished are infinitely better than glossy IMO. Great choice.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'll be adding a five star review of it this week (I promise). I'm just re-reading it to gather together my thoughts. Love how Zen has to save the Machine Boy and his initials are M.B. It's so clever.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's sad that a few bad apples spoils your triumph Jay. Hopefully Amazon won't slap you too badly and the tips you got will boost your sales.

Jay Noel said...

Rusty: I like the feel of the matte. Feels richer than the glossy.

Michael: I appreciate it!

Maurice: It's all part of the business. I'm hoping to get the word our so people outside my immediate circle are interested.

Melanie Schulz said...

I must have missed you're early release Jay- so sorry- I'm with Rusty, though, especially with your artwork, I'm holding out for the paper copy.

Phats said...

Congrats mr amazon best seller. I think you need to hit the talk show circuit haha Ellen, Letterman, etc but in all seriousness you should promote it in your city/town more I am sure local stations would love to have you on.

Hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jay

Find some review sites/book bloggers who specialize in sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk.

Crystal Collier said...

Whew! This is one you and I are both figuring out, eh? I'm finding the most success with book review sites, and am working to get into the hands of book clubs. When you're ready for promotions and price drops, I hear Bookbub and Pixel of Ink do wonders (if you can get in the door). Also, just because your book released doesn't mean you can stop hosting little events, giveaways and parties. Look for every excuse. My next one will be the physical book release. If you gather any zen wisdom (pun intended) on the matter, shoot your thoughts my way, eh? =)

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Jay Noel said...

Melanie: VERY soon. Just days away.

Phats: Thanks man!

Riann: Just started looking today...hopefully my search will turn up at least a few

Crystal: I'll be asking you guys which book review sites are good. I will do price drops when book 2 is ready for publication. Thanks so much!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Merry Christmas. I suggest book reviews, tour, FB/Twitter.

Tony Laplume said...

Looking forward to the paperback release!

David P. King said...

I'm buying a copy when the paperback comes out. And you can bet your bottom dollar I'll plug it and review it. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! :)

Anonymous said...

One thing some author friends do to get reviews is a contest. Gift cards when you hit a certain amount, a free copy of your next book when it's ready, etc. because the next step is to get some reviews! *cough* I'll uhh...get on that.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks for all the great tips. I've written them down. All my buddies have purchased my book, so now it's time to market. I promised myself I wouldn't pay too much attention to the rankings and whatever, but it's still an integral part of marketing this book.

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