As you all know, this week my first book "Work out, lose weight, and stop being single" was finally released on the kindle (free with amazon prime :)
I went ALL out this week marketing and promoting, and today I finally decided to take a break.
After dinner I signed on to check my amazon ranking and I was in SHOCK! My numbers had skyrocked on Kindle, and I had surpassed the classic "Make her chase you" by about 5,000 in ranking!
I immediately tried to sign into my kindle account, and for some reason it kept freezing.
AHA! I had broken the site down!
I showed it to my friend and he replied "You idiot, Tynan's book came out in 2008! Your's is only one week old"
That is true. It's like outboxing Muhammad Ali, it doesn't really count anymore.
But anyway, it must be a good sign that my kindle account was frozen.
To be continued...
I recently published a book in the German Amazon store and am really curious about the size of the US market in comparison. Can you roughly share with us how many books you actually sell per day? (range is ok). Would be awesome! Also congrats, sounds like your book was a success!
@Florian I've been averaging a couple kindle sales a day, between 5 and 10. I had a couple good days where I had like 15. I took Tynan's advice and priced it at $2.99 to build up my sales. I'd rather get my name out there for my 2nd book, instead of trying to nickle and dime everyone. Too many authors are stubborn with their profit margins
@Sam Marketing is everything. I was already contributing to some forums, and I have a blog, but over the next couple mnths I am going to try to step it up.
People don't think I'm serious, but I plan on putting out about 10 thousand flyers around NYC soon...
Yoo, awesome man congrats on the sales. As I prep to release my first book to kindle it would be awesome if you could share what you have done for marketing your book! Thanks bro.
Thanks David, I've been doing mostly blogging and forums posts but I need to start picking it up....Actually thinking of doing some traditional adversiting. What is your book topic?
It is focused on consolidating the over-abundance of contradictory material on diet and training in regards to bodybuilding down to about 50 pages. I did a lot of research into scientific journals and learned a lot in the process. Anywho, we should blog about each others books, couldnt hurt. Send me a message if you are interested!
My friend Elisia first showed me an ebook reader, the Kindle she bought as soon as they came out. The quality of the screen was jaw dropping - it wasn't anything like a computer screen, but instead actually looked like paper. As amazed as I was with the device, I had no intention of buying one. The form factor was clunky, it seemed like a superfluous device, and it couldn't natively display PDF files, which is the format I tend to read (and publish) in.
A couple months later I was wandering around in the Sony Store and I saw their ebook reader, the PRS-505. It had the same amazing screen that the kindle had, but was much smaller, less than a third of an inch thick. When I found out that it could also natively read PDF files I was tempted to buy it, but was still concerned that it was just a useless toy.
Six months later my friend Vince brought a Sony PRS-505 on the trip to Morocco that he joined me on. I found myself asking to borrow it constantly, just about any time he wasn't using it. If he fell asleep on the bus I'd carefully slide it away from his grip and read on it.
Life would be great if I only knew the lesson of an event before the event. If I knew that my wife would be angry when I complained about Disney food, then I just wouldn't voice those opinions operatically. What I'm finally seeing is that life's lessons happen all the time, we just need to see them.
Two experiences, one yesterday and one fifteen years ago reminded me of this. First the more recent one. While sitting in the gymnastics waiting room earlier this week I was talking about books with one of the other parents there. She was well read in different areas of fiction and I found myself noting book after book. She had me excited to read and that night I logged onto my Amazon.com account and nearly ordered some of the Kindle copies - because she read them on her Kindle.
At the start of the year I decided to limit my book purchases and except for a pair of un-regrettable slip-ups, I haven't missed having the books. Her hour long influence on me almost led me to buy a book. She didn't make me do anything but our conversation had shifted my framing of the world, from my goal to her norm.
The second episode I thought of was in a driver's education class. In this class - which taught me more about talking to girls than driving - the students would talk about what kind of cars we thought were cool. We pined away in our wood-paneled station wagons. One night the conversation turned to luxury cars and I declared that my luxury car of choice was clear, the Pontiac Bonneville
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320"] The Pontiac Bonneville[/caption]