Monday, 5 January 2015

Self publishing update -1 year on.

Hiya Everyone & happy new year.

Today is my last day off before its back to work (Teacher training day) kids currently playing on the PlayStation & waiting impatiently for some biscuits to cool down that we've just made.

I thought I'd do a round up & let you know how my self publishing adventure has been.

My aim was to sell 100 copies of The Awakening, get some good reviews, hit 500 follows on Twitter and 250 on Facebook.  So how did I do -

232 on Facebook (so close!!!)
1039 on Twitter (Wow!)
76 sold The Awakening (Didn't hit my target boo!)
Have released the sequel The Reckoning which I love & wasn't in my original plan.

I am a little disappointed by sales but think it was an OK year for a complete unknown author who has learnt along the way.

I'm not sure if the free promotions helped or hindered me though & this continues to be my largest puzzle.

660 free copies of The Awakening were downloaded but have not produced the follows/reviews I'd hoped for & I'm beginning to suspect free ebooks simply are not read.

What do you think?
Do you read free ebooks?
Or do you just impulse download & then never look at them again?

197 free Origins were downloaded but only 1 review & that was someone I know.
13 sold Origins

The Reckoning which I am VERY proud of has so far only sold 21 copies.  Again my aim is 100 during the year.

I think The Reckoning shows a vast improvement in my writing & I am pleased that I formatted it myself & organised a small blog tour.  Unfortunately the tour which was 10 blog sites did not result in sales & I'm not sure if this is because The Reckoning is a sequel & people had not read the first book.

I've been deliberating a relaunch of The Awakening as I have learnt a lot since I began a year ago.

I've been looking at Bookbub & Freebooksy.  Both are sites you pay for & they advertise your free or discounted books.  The figures look impressive but do people actually read them? If I proceed I would hope it would lead to greater sales of The Reckoning.

Bookbub would cost $85 to advertise for free as mine is a YA book.  Free downloads are between 3000-18500 based on their figures so potentially that is a lot of people that may go on to buy The Reckoning but it takes me back to my initial dilemma as to whether people read free eBooks & it also pains me slightly to actually pay to give my book away.  Will it pay off? Is it worth it?

This is something I don't know.  I haven't crossed this bridge on my self publishing adventure & am not sure what to do.

I have found the last few weeks a little frustrating and am having a bit of a social media break.  However in the last 2 days I've had 2 amazing reviews for The Reckoning which has definitely put a spring back in my step.

This one is a 5 star on - Having read The Awakening I was very much looking forward to the sequel and I have to say it didn't disappoint. Lauren really seemed to come in to her own in this book and very quickly she became my favourite character. There is a lot going on in this story and it's extremely well paced and I found I didn't want to put it down. Without spoiling anything, I think the author was very brave with how she ended the book and for me it was all the better for it. There were probably quite a few more obvious endings that she could have come up with, but who wants predictable?!
I would absolutely recommend this book, you won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading more by Emma Jones

And this one is a 5 star on Goodreads- First thing first, the book cover is absolutely beautiful! Props to the designer!
This is the sequel to The Awakening and sometimes sequels are never as good as the first book but I think The Reckoning was actually better then the first one. It really put the story all together for me and had me tearing up at the end.
I was not expecting the ending, I thought something would happen and it would change but nope, but it made the story that more fantastic.
You can really see the characters growth in this story and how they dealt with everything happening.
This sequel was very enjoyable and for everyone who is a big fan of fantasy books this is the series for you!
Well done Emma for the great stories! Cannot wait to read more from her.

I am beyond thrilled with both of them & although my sales have been disappointing these reviews make it totally worthwhile.

In total 967 of my books are in the world which is something to be proud of & I have learnt a lot.

Any input about the free books would be amazing & very helpful.  I'm not gonna be around much but will be checking my blog.

Thanks everyone for reading, commenting & hope you all have a fab January.

See you in a few weeks.

Emma xxx