A while back I put Aphanasian Stories on sale and asked my readers to help me move the numbers–meaning, help shift the book up the ranks of Amazon and Kobo. We were incredibly successful (helped in part by a Book Bub promotion going on at the same time) and I wanted to take a moment and share the results with everyone here. I’d meant to do it before now but with the Giftmas Tour, holidays and the like, it kind of got lost in the rush 🙂
This post is image intensive. The tl;dr version is YAY!
This is the graphic I whipped up on Canva to show where we were starting out rank-wise for the book:
If you click on the picture it should take you to a larger size so you can actually read it, but there’s no real need because I’m going to provide you with the numbers here too. Here are the Before and Afters 🙂 Starting with Amazon.ca.
For one brief moment in time, in one category on Amazon.ca I was even ranked higher than a Neil Gaiman title 😉
And at another point I had books in both 1st and 5th place spots even though I wasn’t actively promoting Fae that weekend:
I was feeling the love on Kobo too, which was extra sweet because prior to this sale I’d sold less than a dozen books on Kobo total.
Amazon.com didn’t love me quite as much as the other Amazons… but that makes sense, my Book Bub promotion didn’t include the USA (though the sale price did).
Amazon.Co.Uk took a bit of time to warm up to me, something I’m mostly blaming on time zones (because I can LOL).
This is the ‘After’ image I created on Canva to sum up the success of our ‘Moving the #s’ attempt:
In case you’re wondering what this looks like in sales, this line graph shows my KDP sales for Aphanasian Stories in the days leading up to the sale, the sale itself, and the days afterward:
You may not be able to see it without going to the larger version of the picture but basically it’s a straight line with a blip or two now and then right up until the sale… which is that ginormous spike that slowly declines back to the straight line with an occasional blip.
What does this mean in the long term? Probably nothing LOL Mostly my career is built on those blips, the hope being that with enough books out there blipping along the trickles will eventually combine to be something more substantial but it was fun to watch my little blips turn into an explosion for a couple days. Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of Aphanasian Stories and helped me move the #s. It was a lot of fun and I truly appreciate your support.
…and if you liked what you read, you’re in luck! I have an Aphanasian story (starring Bayne & Teyat) in the Women in Practical Armor anthology coming out this spring, and my novella, Shadows, which is also set in Aphanasia should also be out this year too 🙂