Self-Publishing Update — November promotion and sales

November Promotional Activities

In November I continued to do a little grass roots promotion. As I mentioned previously, I spoke at the Cincinnati Author’s class at the College of Mount St. Joseph. I contacted Hospice of Dayton who has graciously offered to put an excerpt from Dancing in Heaven, with a link to where it can be purchased, on their website once their redesign is finished.

For the most part I am still mostly focused on getting online reviews and interviews. One place I contacted looking for a book review was St. Anthony Messenger. Several years ago they published a story I wrote about my parents and Annie, so I thought they might consider reviewing the book. I was told they would contact me in 2012 if they are interested.

As a result of initial email inquiries, I’ve arranged for two ebooks to be delivered for reviewers. I also have interview questions to fill out for two different blogs hosts.

I guest posted at The Idiot Speaketh, and have written a guest post for another blogger that has yet to be published.

I signed up for a promotional event, the Indie Book Blowout. More on this next week.

Featured Promotional Activity – Goodreads

I initially joined Goodreads several years ago as a way to connect with other readers, find book recommendations, and generate and keep a life list of the books I’ve read. Now that I’m a published author, I’m learning that Goodreads is a great platform on which to promote my book. First of all, as an author, I am entitled to an author page where my book is listed.

Goodreads also offers a comprehensive walk-through of how best to use the Goodreads Author Program and learn more about how to promote your books with special tools on Goodreads.  Although I am aware these tools exist, I need to spend some time here figuring things out.

One thing I did do on Goodreads, was hold a book giveaway. I put up five books for the giveaway that ran from November 7 until December 7. Six hundred and ninety-six people entered to win my book. The way I look at it is at least that number of people have been exposed to the title. The winners live across the continent in Texas, California, North Carolina, New York and Florida. So my book is getting exposure in different areas of this country. I thought this was fun and will likely put a couple of books up for a Giveaway again in a few months.

Goodreads recommends that authors hold a Q&A on their book following the giveaway. I need to learn more about this and hope to work on it in the next couple of weeks.

November Sales

My sales for November were comparable to October (33 total). These sales probably reflect the number of people I know who wanted to buy the book. The challenge will be in the coming months to continue selling the book to other people who know nothing about me or my journey. One thing I noticed was that the print book sales are down this month from 21 last month. But the ebooks are up: Kindle was only 5 last month and I only sold 1 Nook in October.

Bookseller Number sold
Createspace/Amazon(print) 14
Amazon Kindle 11
B&N Nook 5
Smashwords 1
Smashwords/Sony/B&N/Kobo/Amazon/Apple/Diesel not available
Handsold 3
November Total 34

I want to thank everyone who has supported me by buying and reading Dancing in Heaven. Even if I never sold another book, I would do it all again.

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
Robert H. Schuller

20 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Update — November promotion and sales”

    1. I joined the Book Addicts group. They pick a couple of books to read every month, but you don’t have to. In fact, I haven’t yet read both of the books. I read the ones I want to. But you can discuss them afterwards. This group also has a 12 book challenge. I picked twelve books to read for 2012. You can see my list if you join the group and follow the links til you get to my name. Let me know if you want a better map.

      I’m really looking forward to it. I picked my books from the Book Addicts already “read” list, based on the Goodreads rating. They should be pretty good.

    1. I wonder at the wisdom of sharing this from time to time, but I think we need to help each other out. I’m sure I’m not the only person who is experiencing this kind of response when self-publishing.

      All the encouragement and support I’m getting from readers, removes all doubt.

  1. You are doing great Christine. I still have faith that your book is really going to take off. You should mail a complimentary copy to Oprah’s headquarters. A mention of your book in her magazine would send sales through the stratosphere, and by what I have seen, this is exactly the type of book that they like to feature. 🙂

    1. I kind of have faith, too, Mark. I’ve felt called to do this from the beginning. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll probably do it after I fully recover from yesterday’s surgery. My mind is too foggy right now.

  2. Marketing a self-published book can be daunting, but the most important part is to not give up. You’re off to a good start. I’ve learned a ton in the five years I’ve been marketing my books. I’ve got some suggestions for you, if you want to contact me I’ve written a post about self-publishing, but I don’t think I’ve done one about marketing. I should do that, as well.

    1. I’m going to take you up on your offer to contact you. Right now I am recovering from laprascopic surgery to remove my gall bladder. So you may not hear from me for a while.

      Thanks so much.

  3. You are doing great! It is a long road and I know that you may sometimes doubt your abilities at promoting your book but it is so worth reading!!! Once one person reads it and passes it along it is going to start the chain…..patience!!!! But I think from my perspective that you are doing great!!!! Good job!

    1. Thanks, Beth Ann. I am encouraged that people are sharing the book. I think that is a good sign. But I also see that I have the responsibility to introduce new readers to the book. Patience is not my strong point. How did you know?


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