If you’ve been coming to my blog for a while, you know how transparent I am in most things. Since I do tutor other self-publishing writers, I try to share as much as I can about the process. So, how’d the free promo for Eden go? What are my thoughts? Keep yer shirt on (please!) and read below.
First of all, If you’re like me and you truly believe “PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN”, check out the previous blog post ripe with pics. Yeah, baby. That’s some great stuff. We shot up to the #1 Fantasy Epic after just a few hours (on the free store, as Eden was free during the promo). Shortly afterwards, we claimed the #1 spot in Sci-Fi as well. We held both spots during the whole promotion. Throughout most of Friday & Saturday we were also #1 for the entire “Fantasy” genre.
The numbers (Eden downloads during the promo):
- 15,456* (US Store)
- 537 (UK Store)
- 70 (Germany)
- 1 (Spain – thanks for chipping-in!)
* As I wrote this blog post, we got 9 more downloads, eventho Eden is now back to its normal price of $4.99. Weird… must be the ghost in the Amazon machine.
I really wasn’t expecting such a large turnout, but I’m jazzed by those numbers. (especially from the Iberian peninsula! Must be my 1 Portuguese friend…)
After all of this, I’m starting to construct my new novel “rollout plan,” and it certainly includes the Kindle Select program. Look for my thoughts on that matter in the next few weeks, if self-pubbing is your bag.
As an update to Babylon, the paperback and hardcover proofs are on their way to my house as we speak. If those look good, I’ll be enabling them on their respective sites for purchase. I’m also still working on a CT-based launch party (full of hardcovers), so I’ll announce that once we get a location/date. Also, I banged out a few chapters of Alexandria over the weekend (the next novel in the series). Let’s see if I can finish it in a timely manner so nobody has to wait an exorbitant amount of time. Hell, I’m interested to see what happens next too (no, I don’t write with outlines – plotting is the devil!).
Did you know?
I do have another novel out there… For Duty has kind of been my little, out-of-favor step child. And that’s amusing, because many of my close friends actually like it better than Eden. True, it’s sci-fi, but as I said in a few interviews: the story could have taken place anywhere. I’m not one to drown a reader in technobabble or lengthy back story. For Duty is about the characters and the story, not much else. And at ~70,000 words, it’s a quick read. Check it out!
For those of you new to my little blog here (you cannot hide from me!), I’m working on the audiobook to Eden. The talented Ms. Jacobs is doing the reading – she also voiced the Babylon trailer and she’s full of so much AWESOME, I cannot even begin to describe it.
We’re also working on a graphic novel version of Eden. I’ll have another treat from that project to share soonish.
Does Matt Know?
Yes, I know my blog banner looks like half-eaten roadkill.
Yup, I’m sure I’m violating some “blogger’s code” or someshit. But, my wife & I have been thoroughly enjoying Geek & Sundry on YouTube. If you are a gamer, you must watch “The Guild.” If you are a German boardgamer (yes, we are), you must watch “Tabletop.” If you have an unhealthy obsession with Felicia Day, you must watch “The Flog.” Down with Network Television – rising indy channels are where it’s at. Give it a look-see if you have a geeky bone in your body.
What a weekend…
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