It’s amazing how exhausting launching a book can be. I’ve done it 5 times now, and each time it is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s pretty much impossible for me to get any solid writing done during the whole time.
And this was the most successful launch I’ve had to date. An “average” book will sell 200 copies in the first year. Over a 10 year lifetime, they sell about 2000. The Concrete Goodbye, on its first day, sold 61 books. On day 2, it sold 33. in the first week it sold 175 copies.
It made it to the #1 spot in Pulp and Pulp Mysteries. And #21 in Noir. Not too shabby, huh?
Of course, that only lasted for a day or two. It eventually started to slide, and settled down to #6ish of Pulp and well further down in the other genre’s. And with it the emotional high that comes from selling books.
And now comes the hard work of reaching out to reviewers, my mailing list to see if they can leave a review. On a recent Book Bub post, and an Amazing Insights post, it’s been proven that reviews- verified or not- are 90% as good as a purchase. The more a book is reviewed, the more Amazon bumps it up in the rankings even if there isn’t a sale to go a long with it.
Of course, I’ve also got to get cracking on the next book, The Nightingale’s Song. So, cheers, y’all!
I’ve got writing to do.