The results are in!
I’m pretty happy with how the ad went. Book Bub lived up to everything I’ve heard about them. I’m writing this mainly for the other writers who have asked me the numbers breakdown.
I was lucky – Time Travel Romance is just about the cheapest genre to run an ad in. I paid less, but didn’t see the thousands some see, but again, didn’t expect that. The numbers projected were pretty accurate. (They have great charts of what you can expect for sales.) I did pay off the ad – which was my goal. (And that was not easy to do at 35¢ per trilogy ordered. Yes, 35¢ per THREE BOOKS ORDERED. No one made me do it – it was my choice – but this book price thing is for another blog post. 😉 )
So…over the 3 days – I had 685 orders. I made the ad cost with a few $$ to spare. I can get a beer at happy hour. I’m still very pleased. My hope is people actually READ them. Even better – enjoy and review them.
ETA:When I wrote this, I didn’t account for Smashwords sales. I actually had as many there as Amazon so my results were double what I previously posted.
The topic came up at my writer’s retreat about as a consumer “putting all your eggs in one basket” is not a good thing. People do look elsewhere. Not everyone shops only Amazon. This was a good proof for me. (I actually wanted to buy a friend’s book yesterday with a B&N credit I had. She was Amazon exclusive. Bummer.)
Amazon was slow in changing the price back, since everyone I distribute to through Smashwords takes a bit and Amazon will always be the lowest, but that’s okay. It was 56 more sales over those following 3 days. I’ll take it. 🙂
Dustin Time was my 1st novel accepted by a publisher. I later had an agent want it, but I was under contract. By the time I was free of it, she wasn’t accepting new clients and I’d lost the will to query. (Especially knowing your chances are next to nil when the book has been out already.) Dusty will always be one of my favorites. (Shhh…don’t tell the others!)
I love this series will all my heart. Sure, making money would be fabulous, but having it read honestly outweighs that. I’ve had people tell me Dustin Time is their all-time favorite and have read it dozens of times. Some compared it to Butterfly Effect. (Which I had to later watch & loved!) There is nothing greater to an insecure writer than hearing stuff like that.
If anyone finds me & my blog through this sale, thank you for your support! I truly hope you enjoy them!!