Fifty Shades of Fallout – After the Promotion

Memoirs of a Gigolo was available on Amazon for free for five days. Never again will I do a five day promotion. I must have been out of my mind. Or woefully inexperienced with the process. Never again. I have learned my lesson via trial by fire. Two days, perhaps even three, would have been enough. Five was too many.

Here are the hard numbers and a few facts:

  1. 1972 copies of Memoirs were downloaded across the various amazon sites. I was so close to 2000. I very nearly did another promo push, but just didn’t have the heart to ask for support one final time.
  2. Memoirs reached #7 on the top 100 free erotic downloads list.
  3. Since the promotion ended a week ago, I’ve sold 79 copies priced at $.99.
  4. 18 five star reviews have been written on the various amazon sites. Readers seem to get what I was trying to do with Memoirs.
  5. 1 four star review was written on amazon.
  6. I’ve been contacted by four agents – two are highly respected, two I’ve never heard of. I’d love an agent. I think I might go down this road.
  7. No less than two publishers that rejected Memoirs asked me if I’d be interested in placing Memoirs with them. I haven’t responded. I’m not sure if I turn on the hyper-bitch, accept, or just politely send them a form letter that reads something like… While I am unable to comment personally on every query, please know I did give your work my full consideration.  Thanks for thinking of me. I wish you nothing but the best in your publishing career…. OH the temptation!!!! I wouldn’t do it. I want to work with these people at some point in the future. But it would be so delicious to dish it out for once.
  8. 214 guests attended my virtual release party on Face Book.
  9. I tried to figure out how to market on Twitter – and then failed. I can’t figure out Twitter.
  10. I very nearly posted a picture of my BFF’s husband, the scary freaking Marine who is currently in Afghanistan, on my Facebook Page and told everyone he’s my boyfriend. I write erotica – as one of my friends told me it’s like blood in the water for the sharks. I’ve attracted a couple of weirdos. They’ve been banished from my Facebook Page.

Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume Two will be available on November 1st.  I’m absolutely terrified that it won’t live up to expectations. Sophomore syndrome or something like that. I’ve already started sending out the invitations to my virtual release party. I’m lining up blog slots. I have a few interviews set up. I’m watching and learning from my writer friends. The learning curve arches like a rainbow. Something is happening. I can feel it.

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18 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Fallout – After the Promotion

  1. Congratulations, Livia, on your successful promotion! How exciting that you got so much interest from agents and publishers! I downloaded my copy of Memoirs and can’t wait to read it. My husband is buying me a Kindle for my birthday later this month and I have some things stockpiled to read as soon as I figure that little bugger out.

    Kate Worth

  2. That is awesome and overwhelming I can tell 😉 Congratulations! I’ve been on Twitter 10 days actively and managed to get hacked already. Stupid, wonderful, disgusting, fabulous social media.Keep up the good work!

  3. Livia, you’re not making any money at 99 cents. That’s a cheap price with only a 30% royalty on it. To get the Amazon 70% royalty rate you need to be at $2.99 or above. That means that you need 7 sales at 99 cents to equal the income of a single sale at $2.99. Don’t undervalue yourself — or your writing.

    • I would, but I don’t know that anyone would buy a 34 page book for $2.99. It’s not like they’re being snapped up for $.99. I may up the price for Volume Two. I’d certainly like to, but I just don’t know that I’ll have any takers.

    • I agree with this – in a way. I have a book priced at $3.99 and one at $4.99 – know which one sells better? The $4.99 one. LOL I am however going to be lowering the price of one of those down to $2.99 when the sequel comes out. 😉

  4. Livia darling it is QUALITY not QUANTITY that counts! I agree with Medley 3.
    AND, by-the-way, don’t worry about expectations. Every word you write (whether in Volume One) or here on your blog, or on your FB posts, simply demands attention, interest, agreement . . . and enjoyment. I am completely confident Volume Two will be just as enthralling and arousing!!!
    Simply can’t wait . . . and I WOULD PAY $5.98 for the pleasure and excitement.

  5. Congrats, Livia.

    It sounds as if you had a successful promo. Yes, next time, only use 2-3 days for your free promo then save the remaining to promote again closer to the end of the 90 period on KDP.

  6. 5 Day Promoting?! I learned my lesson about multiple day promoting when I did one for 2 days. The single day promotions seem to work so much better. I wish you the best!! 😀

  7. Congratulations, Livia! You generated an amazing amount of interest in your book with this promo. Now, it’s just a question of deciding what if anything you want to do with that interest. 🙂

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