My sorta-kinna pseudo PA but really my friend, Jenn Nixon, has been working with me for the past six months. I love, love, love working with her. She pointed me at Ellysian Press when I was looking for a home for THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE, and she’s been in charge or a lot of my day-to-day marketing stuff like newsletters and finding freebie or low-cost advertising blogs and whatnot.
She’s been pushing both my steampunk and my urban fantasy book, and while marketing is never easy, she certainly makes it look like it’s a breeze. Steady sales for a small press author are always a good thing.
About two months ago, we decided to do a thing.
We decided to make the ebook version of TEARS OF HEAVEN free for this week.
There were a lot of good reasons for this, and top of the list was you folk reading this now.
This was as a thank you to all the people who had
supported me, bought the book in its previous incarnations, and maybe didn’t
have this most current one. This was for all the people who supported me, but couldn’t
swing the purchase just yet. This was for all the people who’d thought about
buying the book, but weren’t quite ready to take a chance on an unknown, small
That thing seems to have worked.
This morning, when I logged in, Jenn was already “squee-ing” (literally) about the ranks. I also squee-ed all over as well, much to the annoyance of some of my early morning co-workers. You’re welcome to squee or not to squee:
#31 in US
#13 in UK
#7 in Australia
#1 in CANADA!
|My mother has always loved Australia!|
Now, granted, this is in the "Top 100 Free" category. No one is backing up a dump truck full of cash to my house. But, this does mean a few hundred downloads have been made. If even a percentage of those folk like what I do, I may have made some new fans who will pick up the other books in the series, and even follow me over from urban fantasy to my steampunk world.
I also can never, ever, never say enough good things about Jenn. She's a helluva writer, she's been a wonderful pseudo-PA, helping, guiding, and helping. If you're looking for some marketing assistance, she has extremely reasonable rates, and she's an incredible advocate. And seriously, her rates are EXTREMELY reasonable. I wouldn't be here without her. Seriously, look her up!
The freebie ends tomorrow at midnight. Well, 11:59 PM to be exact. So it’s possible that I’ll see some better numbers over the weekend. But these are the best numbers I’ve EVER seen, and that’s thanks to everyone who has ever even looked my way.
What unexpected “good thing” has happened to you recently? Tell me in the comments below!