Feedback suggests to me that people think they have to own a Kindle reader device to read a Kindle e-book. Not so. The free Kindle reader app can be downloaded from Amazon direct to your computer, your tablet, your phone. And you can read it at your convenience anywhere. You simply link any of your devices to the Amazon account, download the app to each, and the content you choose from the store appears on all of them. Magic. It worked right away for me, even on my old, cranky windows laptop. I like reading on my iPad, as I can read in bed, in the dark, with the backlit screen, and not disturb Himself, snoozing beside me. Revisiting the delicious naughtiness of reading after lights-out.
Here is the link to the book’s page on Amazon. If you look at the right side of the page, you will see the window to download the free app. You will, however, need an Amazon account to do so, even though the book is free.
If you are reading this after the free promotion expires, then you can still go to the book’s page on Amazon and download your free app. When you have done that, you can download a free sample, six chapters or so. If you like what you see, the book will only cost you £1.70…the price of a half pint of beer, or a biro…. or a deodorant stick, or a pack of falafel…. no – let’s not go any further. Suffice to say it is marvellous value for an engaging read.
So join the 700 or so people worldwide who have downloaded the book, virtually unpublicised, and whizz over to Amazon.
There’s been a long gap between my last post and this. Plenty has happened; mostly in the area of a buzz about the book amongst friends who have been reading it on Kindles or, bless them, on their phones. I feel guilty for all the squinting.
I can also report that when I last looked, at least 550 people had downloaded the book. A little thrill when the stats show me that People I Don’t Know in India, Canada, Germany, France — as well as the UK and the US – are reading the book. In truth, the majority of those downloads have been on free promotion days via Kindle publishing. And… this may work for or against me… Amazon sees fit to file my book under ‘Horror’. Which it is not. I keep re-posting it under ‘Mysticism and visionary’, and ‘Supernatural and spiritual’ which are the closest available genre-tags.
I am unclear as to whether rubbing cyber-shoulders with the likes of ‘Teen Bloodsuckers Axe Revenge Massacre’ is working for or against me. Maybe some of the downloaders will be sorely disappointed? But Paulo Coelho and Hermann Hesse have also seemed to wander in there, flanking me on the Horror shelves. Amazon behaves like a very quixotic bookseller sometimes. But…. I have received my first royalties. (Thanks Mr. Amazon. Of course, I will be paying tax on that income. But I won’t bitch for too long about your accounting habits.)
I have been agonisingly hesitant to write the stuff the self-promotion gurus exhort me to post. It just isn’t me. I have tried to pull myself out of shape and get on with it. I have read lots of well-meaning stuff about self-published authors needing to create social media presence, blah-blah. And I have taken on board the fact that if I don’t self-promote, then there is the chance that the book will slide into oblivion. And I would then be like a bad parent who allowed her offspring to starve, neglected in the gutter. “If you don’t do it, nobody will” etc etc.
But it is such anathema to vaunt the book about. It seems somehow horribly brazen. That’s what agents are for. Try getting an agent? Alright alright. Next step. It took a gigantic effort of ‘getting over myself’ to set up this blog and write chirpy posts. That is what you have to do, apparently, before an agent will even look at you, you self-published pondlife .
To be truthful, having spent more than ten years writing the book, amidst all manner of tragedies and lots of major fun going on in life, it just seemed like such a huge relief. Like childbirth in many ways. Which makes you very, very tired just at the time when you are responsible for a new life. And now, dealing with the aftermath, I am supposed to carry on nurturing it? It seems savagely demanding. At least with childcare, there is a billiion years of evolution behind you to tell you how to do it. And yet…. how will the book thrive without my continued attention? Little book-baby, why can I not let you find your own path? Why is it not over?
I am encouraged by the gurus (those people not writing their own fiction, as that doesn’t pay, but writing how-to books for the struggling artist) to create a presence in the media. To post continually about book-related topics. More blah-blah. All good advice. So why am I paralysed at the thought? Maybe because natural modesty, or deep-seated English self-effacement genes prevent me from enthusing publicly over my own brainchild. Maybe because I feel that I have birthed the damn book, so it can get on and create its own momentum….shift for itself. Tough love.
I look around and see friends who are brilliant at self-promotion; their novel, their business, their websites, their band.
They do it themselves, or get people in to help them. They just get on with it, making it look easy. And I feel wrong and weedy for not getting down to it and finding it all a soul-sapping chore. I talk myself into a session with my laptop, designing a postcard handout to give to people I discuss it with, to leave in shops and cafes etc. A really good idea. But why am I soon crying with the tedium of it all?
Laziness – says my onboard Work Ethic.
I had already beaten myself up daily with this one in order to get the Manuscript Kindle-ready. And then I managed to put the thing out there in the world. And still it’s not enough for my Inner Critic. Now I am still lazy for not cheerfully throwing myself into the self-publicity maw. o for a techie friend who likes doing this. Anyone out there interested? I could do your horoscope in return…or write some music for you….draw your portrait? Anything but engage with “creating a social media presence”.
Festive jollity to one and all!
For the three days of Christmas, Earthsingers is available as a free download. Whizz over to Amazon and pick up your copy.
Got a new Kindle? Easy. No Kindle? Get the free app for iPad, or many other tablets, for iPhone, for your PC or Mac. The window shows up after you search the book, then select the book’s own page. It’s on the right. Then it’s a couple of clicks to download.
Follow the link.
And you’re done.
Last Saturday was the first free download day for the book on Amazon Kindle store. 131 copies were downloaded.
I had originally intended to send out promotional emails etc, but was smitten by a ferocious tummy bug early on Friday. I slept all day, oblivious to the world of self-published promotion tasks.
Saturday dawned, and I was free of the bathroom necessity. Began messaging people on Facebook to draw their attention.
The free day started at midnight EST. Took me a while to realise this and figure that it means an 8 or 9 hour delay from GMT. durr.
Then, after about 3 hours, my sales stats began to show downloads. 24 – 32 and so on. I had to go out for the rest of the day. But when I returned, at 11pm, it was riveting, if a little obsessive, to watch as America took up the offer. 49 – 56 – and finally, by 8 am the next day – 96 copies on amazon.com and 35 in the UK. Gratified, and a little ashamed of my obsessive monitoring, I chalked the free day up as a success.
My Facebook contacts had obviously rallied, and other random factors had kicked in. Possibly the first downloads by people I didn’t know. Stats showed that 3 were from India. The truly global Market. Thanks to those of you reading this who helped me to reach that figure.
I suspect that not everyone who downloads freebies is going to read it. But a good start nevertheless.
Saturday december 1st, 2012.
Today sees the first free download day for Earthsingers. It would be great if you could take a look and help spread the word.
My thanks to those of you who have already read the book and left such wonderful reviews on the Amazon page.
Here is the link to the book, available until 8am Gmt on Sunday.
Or search Earthsingers, by Lynn Collins
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