Saturday, May 19, 2012

Being an Indie.. Author that is!

I just found out that I have a new name, category, label. I am an Indie Author. Doesn't that sound sort of cool? It sounds cooler than self-published anyway! So, I'm going to claim it and picture myself in the midst of indie film makers who do it all their way and wear Fedoras and have a just enough facial hair (scratch that- I don't want the facial hair) to look artsy and hip.

In the past, there's been a stigma attached to self-publishing. It's fading with the popularity of ebook readers and the success of J.A. Konrath, Amanda Hocking, Karen McQuestion, and others. But, it's still there amongst the die-hards in the publishing industry. I had the honor of being featured on New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Munson's blog this week where I talk about why I chose to self-publish and put myself in the indie author category. You can read it here.

As an indie author, I am my marketing team and this week was phenomenal. I took advantage of KDP Selects Free Promotion Days yesterday and today. These are days when books are listed for free to give them more exposure. I was featured on Pixel of Ink, and my dear friend Amy's blog here (she's the one who read Her Nowhere on the cracked screen of her iPhone love her as I mention in Laura's interview) and today I'm Free Book of the Day on Indie Author News.

All of this free exposure coupled with the KDP Select Promotion had pretty amazing results. The promo started at midnight Thursday night. By yesterday afternoon at 2pm, I was excited about (note- I had the numbers in this post but heard Amazon does not want you to share numbers so now there are x's to give you an idea) x,xxx downloads. By around 1am, my book had been downloaded over xx,xxx times! I am totally floored by this.

This morning I woke up and I was #6 on the Free Kindle Store Bestseller List. That's out of all the books fiction and non-fiction offered free on Amazon. I was also #1 in Drama, #2 in Contemporary Fiction and #5 in Fiction. Yee Haw!!!

My takeaway from this experience so far is this...  I think I just might like being an indie author.


amyridgeway said...

Oh my gosh! Number 6 in all catagories!! Number 1 in drama catagory!
Yay!!!! Just keeps getting more and more exciting! I meant to toast you last night around the 'fire' but the kids were all up in our faces! :)
So proud of you!

Brigetta's Mom said...

You never cease to amaze me:) This is such an exciting time bringing your love of writing to fruition.
Busting with pride for you!
How wonderful to shared your first book with so many people. Do I see a movie in the works?? Can't wait for the sequel:)

Kendra said...

That is so awesome! Congrats!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

girl you are rock indie rock star;)!!!! i can't wait to get started on it. hopefully this week. meanwhile one of these days i'll probably be asking you a million questions because when and if i ever start that children's book i'll probably go that route too. and you can show me the ropes:)

Foursons said...

Wow, that is so incredible! You go girl, I am so happy for you!