Showing posts with label Kindle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindle. Show all posts

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.