The first 11 days…

Fireworks

My reaction to today's Kindle Direct Publishing report

For those of you who are interested in learning more about how things might unfold for a new independent author in the initial days after publication, I thought I’d share a little bit about what’s happened so far.

On Dec. 17th, I set up a facebook page and website for Noelle Ryan.

On Dec. 18th, the book went live. I opted for the Kindle select program (which involves my promising to make Mirror available as an ebook only on Amazon for 3 months) to see if my book being available to Amazon Prime members might help draw more traffic to it (and because I figured it couldn’t hurt to wait 3 months before releasing it on another platform–I could use the time for investigating epub options anyway).

On Dec. 19th, after reading a few discussion threads on the kdp boards about how having your book go up for free could increase traffic, I decided to test out one day of free status on Dec 20th. I set this up, and then had to step away from the whole project while I went out of town (I just got back last night).

This afternoon, I popped over to my kdp reports page just to see how many copies had gone out. My jaw literally fell open to see that it was 578 (with 2 returns).

I’m in shock because I’ve done virtually no marketing. Around 3 or 4 of the friends I told about the book posted something about it on facebook; to my knowledge no-one else has been talking it up.

Granted, since most of these copies were obtained for free, I’m not making money on them (at this point I think my royalties come in just under $60). but still–the thought that 576 people might be reading my book, and hopefully enjoying it, is a tremendous thrill in and of itself. For those of you reading this who are among those 576: thank you. Writers thrive off readers, and I’d love to hear what you think (and if you’d care to post a review on amazon, that would be extra fab!)

Next steps: look into some other marketing strategies, figure out the formatting for publishing Mirror as a physical book.

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About Noelle Ryan

Avid reader, writer, animal adorer, art appreciator, and snark enthusiast. Author of the Valkanas Clan series (Mirror is the first book in this series). Mother claimed first complete sentence was "Mom, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up."

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