So what is this wonderful novel that everyone’s suddenly buying?
It’s called Trouble in Jonguria and it’s the second volume of my epic fantasy series, The Jongurian Trilogy. I originally wrote the novel between May and August, 2010. I published it on Amazon on January 1, 2013.
And after a ‘stellar’ first month with 9 sales, and then a second with 3, it languished in obscurity for the next 5 months, getting 0 sales until August when it got 2 and picked up again.
Jan - 9
Feb - 3
Mar - 0
Apr - 0
May - 0
Jun - 0
Jul - 0
Aug - 2
Sep - 6
Oct - 13
Nov - 30
So what accounts for this sudden and drastic jump in sales? After all, my other bestselling book is Sell Your Book, a marketing book directed at Amazon authors. Here’s what I think happened:
- Perma-free of Book 1 helped a lot;
- Promos I ran for the book;
- Chart visibility;
- Good story;
- Decently written;
- Word of mouth.
Alright, those are the 7 things that I think contributed the most to my recent run of sales for this epic fantasy eBook. Let’s go over those one by one and see if we can learn some things about selling eBooks on Amazon.
Perma-Free of Book 1
What really got those perma-free numbers up this past month were the promos I ran for it on BookBlast, Kindle Fire Department, FreeBooksy, among others. You can read all about those individual eBook advertising campaigns if you’d like, but suffice it to say they worked and Book 2 sales are doing better than they have in months.
Promos in November
I’d like to think I got some good visibility on those, and it’s easy to think that when you see these additional sales. But you just really can’t tell. People who downloaded the first book months ago could finally be getting around to Book 2 now. It’s hard to say and I’d love to meet someone with a magic wand or crystal ball that knows what’s up. Or maybe Tarot cards?
I’ve also got a whole new reel of ‘also boughts’ that will increase my visibility further. On the top 5 pages are a lot of Morgan Rice, and that’s a big name with lots of readers, so hopefully I’m pulling some of them away while they wait for the next book.
Now, have I caught every single little mistake in the book? I highly doubt it, but I have made it better. Who knows? Maybe in another six months or a year I’ll go over it again. After all, if sales pick up and get into the triple digits each month I’d have to seriously consider writing a prequel to this series.
Even the books with huge holes and massive amounts of mistakes can be hits if they have a good story. Readers are willing to let a lot slide if you can really keep them on the edge of their seats. Trouble in Jonguria has its moments, but it’s not the cream of the crop. It is a good read that will entertain, and one with few mistakes.
Word of Mouth
Hopefully Trouble in Jonguria continues to sell. If it doesn’t it certainly won’t be the end of the world. After all, if I can go 5 months without a sale I can do it again.