Dad & Ailz visit and DIY

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Today my Dad and Ailz came over with a raft of pictures to hang on our blank walls, including a number of Ailz’ cross-stitch works and a tableau that could include both Abe Lincoln and Robert E. Lee (confederate general), bought in Kentucky.  Maybe I’ll take pictures in good light tomorrow. We showed them the house, which is starting to look pretty nice, then went out for lunch at a lovely pub called ‘The Orange Tree’.    Dad, Ailz, me, SY    Chicken soup to start.    Pork belly for main- lush.   An array of paints for dessert. But …

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

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Sales and borrows are taking a jump today, up to 8 sales and 4000 page reads and the days almost over, which is great.  Perhaps this is the impact of free really kicking in? It has been a week since the promo ended- that would be slow response- though I have heard it can take days for the post-free bounce to kick in. In other writing news, I’ve broadly plotted out zombie book 3. These things always seem more exciting to me as I dig in. It may end on a terrible cliff-hanger. I’m thinking about that… Life Last night, …

Last / Lost day 4 after promo

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I moved house!  Didn’t have internet yesterday so couldn’t update. Sales of books went down from the high of 10 to just 2 yesterday, and now 4 today. Pages read has come down from 10,000 to 4,000 to 2,000. Tralala. I did all I could do. Reviews on The Last are up to 40. That is awesome. After over a year out and some 100 emails to book bloggers, Ignifers Rise still has only 27. The Last has been out 4 months. I’m going to start editing Mr. Ruins harshly. I’m simplifying and speeding things up. It’ll be the same …

Last / Lost day 2 after promo

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Sales of all books today are down to 5, but page reads are still high at 4500. Between them that’s about $35.  6 days at that level of sales and I’ll pay off the promo cost. 9 days and it will pay for the cover too. Any further can go towards the next cover and promo!  Life New house! It bucketed down rain all day. We arrived to get the key at 3pm. Going into the house was just overwhelming. Our house! Turning off the burglar alarm was wild and frantic. Discovering that some of the electrics, one toilet and …

Last / Lost day 1 after promo

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Shifting 7000 free copies of The Last and The Lost is already having some small boost effect, with 10 sales so far today. Kindle Unlimited page reads (borrows) are up fourfold on normal- 5000 pages read. That’s probably 10 people reading a book fully through.  Things ought to pick up a little more- that is if the promo has raised my visibility on the popularity list. In the past the bump comes a few days after coming off free. I feel good. I guess a big part of that is the good reviews coming in. I’m glad people are enjoying …

Last / Lost promo day 5

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Its been the last day of my double promotion for The Last and The Lost, and free downloads have hit the peak of 7,000 and not moved much since. It’s less than I hoped for (5k each book), but I’m happy really. 3 5-star reviews came in for The Last over the course of the promo, taking it to 39 and an average of 4.7, very close to 4.8. Who cares about number of reviews? I think readers will. Primarily though- it’s the big promo sites. Bookbub look at number of reviews. More is no guarantee they’ll feature you, but …

Last / Lost promo day 4

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Downloads still hanging around at 5-6k, tomorrow is the last day. I am knackered after final day of this intensive course- resits, last-minute marking, boat party, then dinner for 4 hours.  Enormous fun, and ready for bed! More detIls tomorrow. Here’s a photo of me and the other teachers in the boat partying in the Thames (80 students behind the camera).    I’m the guy.

Last / Lost promo day 3

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Free downloads seem to have really dropped off today. After getting 3000 yesterday and peaking at 62 in the overall free chart, The Lost only added a few hundred more today. Free seems to ever decreasing returns.  This may be true for everyone or just for me- but unless things take an upturn, I’ll have to think hard if there’s a better way to get the word out. So far, 3200 Lost and 2200 Last. It’s still a ways off the modest (I thought) goal of 5k. If either results in a good post-free bounce though, or more good reviews, …

Last / Lost promo day 2

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So far In my double free promo I have shipped: 1500 free The Last 1600 free The Lost It is not what I hoped, but there’s still plenty of time left in today, and 3 more free days to come.  I might hit my modest targets of 5000 free each. But, I suppose the appeal of free has faded. 1 year ago, with a far smaller platform, I promoted Mr. Ruins and King Ruin back to back like I’ve done now, and they got 5000 each with less reviews, less money spent on ads, and less marketing effort generally. A …

Last / Lost promo day 1

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The first day of promotion for The Last is winding down here in the UK and right in the thick of things in the U.S., with around 1000 free downloads to date. I’m hoping that will at least double by the end of business today, then keep on ticking over for a few days after, to hit 5000+ by Saturday. A few extra promotion sites picked The Last up, including the fairly heavyweight Book Gorilla, and a service called Book Scream. That’s great, thank you. I’ve been the tweeting the link all day, because why not, what can it hurt- …