As a newly published author, Online Marketing and subsequent sales are of interest to me.
Especially with the Barnes & Noble group taking on Amazon and taking books off their shelves that were for sale in Amazon stores. My book Pat Canella ( the dockland murders) has been taken up by both firms, leaving me to wonder what will happen.
One thing I have noticed (I am open to contradiction here), is that in my searches for a market, other than WHSmiths and Amazon.co.uk, there is no real sales aimed at the UK marketplace.
Amazon is global. There is a large market here going unplumbed, I just tried to contact Waterstones today to try and get the word out of a new sales fixture in Bookrix.
B&N covers the US/Canada market, their sister group Smashwords has recently opened up a huge marketplace as well. This is the former Soviet block countries & Asia.
Many markets hit Europe, but few are aimed here. As an Independent author, I am always on the lookout for new markets for the stories I write.
The US/Canadian market suits my style of writing as I write a lot of fantasy work.
Many UK publishers are limited in their outlook, or the editors have ‘In-house favourites,’ which means unless you have got noticed you are wasting your time, but HOW do you get noticed?
“Did we see him?”
It has often been asked of me. Why don’t I do more for myself? The answer is easy, I am a far better promoter than writer. This KDP FREE download weekend is driving it home, as if I needed it any more obvious.
I asked Waterstones to put Pat Canella on their on line stores.
I started the weekend on a high hitting 1,115 on the free download list for Kindle and No. 4 in US Historical fiction at about 2;300 (UK time) with 30 downloads, here we are 6 hours later and just crawled to 52, less than 5 FREE downloads per hour.
It is slightly better than the Phoenix episode were I got published but nothing else came of it. OR is it? Here I am struggling to give it away and this was supposed to be the test for “Did we see them?” The follow up book-Oh well.