Saturday, July 30, 2011

23,000 Books Sold

Below, I have listed what I've been doing as far as promoting and social networking. More and more books are being released every day. It's easy to disappear. I'm not a saleswoman. I could never sell books out of the trunk of my car. It's just not me. But I know that if I sit back and do nothing, I'll be invisible. I want people to read my stories, which means I have to get out there and be seen. They can't read my stories if they can't find them.

Write. I must keep writing every day. Readers can't read my books if I don't write them.

My goal is to try everything at least once. I don't have to do it all this month or even this year. But when it comes to promoting my book and getting my name out there, especially if it's FREE, I'm probably going to give it a try.

Be fearless. Put yourself out there. Get out of your comfort zone.

Blogs: Questions and answers are fun, fast and easy. I talked with Trish Milburn in May. I answered questions on Dave Wisehart's Blog Kindle Author in June, 2011. I have a post on Joan Swan's Blog coming up on Monday, August 1st and Anne-Mhairi Simpson's questions and answers will be up on Thursday, August 4th.

BlogTalkRadio: I talked with Giovanni Gelati on July 28th on the G-Zone. Definitely out of my comfort zone but I had a blast and would do it again. In fact, I will be interviewed by John Rakestraw on November 6th, 2011, at Unbridled Editor.

Twitter: I love all of the great information to be found on Twitter. I could spend hours over there, but I still limit myself to 30 minutes or under a day and I spend more time reading other people's tweets than posting my own. @theresaragan

Kindle Boards: Same thing. I love interacting with other writers and seeing what they're up to. I also like checking out Book Corner (Kindle Boards) to see what readers are talking about and reading.

Facebook: A great place to see what writers and friends are up to.

Paid for Advertising: The Romance Reviews, Eye on RomanceKindle Nation (September).

Book Reviews: I took part in Menage a Blog, a wonderful blog tour, run by the Indie Book Collective. I met lots of fun people. It was a lot of work but worth every moment. My book was sent to reviewers who were interested in the genre of the book I was talking about that week. I ended up with 7 new reviews, but not all of them have been posted on Amazon and B&N, etc. Hopefully that will happen soon. And I'm hoping any readers who liked my book will post a review, too!

The BookRooster. Just this morning I paid $ to have BookRooster find people who read in the genre of the books I submitted to their review site. It takes months because they find readers who like getting free books. And in return, those people give honest reviews and post them to Amazon. I am doing that for Taming Mad Max and Finding Kate Huntley. I will keep you updated.

March, 2011 thru July, 2011 SALES

 Return of the Rose - Released March 2, 2011    $2.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March:     253
April:       879
May:     1,595
June:    1,460 
July:     1,200*
TOTAL: 5,387

A Knight in Central Park - Released March 18, 2011   $.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March:    265
April:    6,017
May:     4,282
June:    2,383
July:     1,100*
TOTAL: 14,047

Taming Mad Max - Released April 25, 2011  $2.99
Romantic Comedy

April:      30
May:     182
June:     264
July:      290
TOTAL: 766

Finding Kate Huntley - Released May 5, 2011   $2.99
Romantic Suspense

May:      184
June:      256
July:       300*
TOTAL: 740

Abducted - Released May 29, 2011   $2.99
Romantic Suspense/Thriller

May:          24
June:        696
July:       1,600*
TOTAL:  2,320

Total Books sold for March thru July = 23,260*

*The July sales are estimated since today is July 30th and I will not know exact July sales until August 1st. I am selling between 130 and 180 books a day. I have not included Smashword sales, but those sales are improving every day. 

If you have questions, tips for writers or readers, a book to promote, then go for it and leave a comment!


Tori Scott said...

Wow! Congrats Theresa! A question: any idea why April and May sales spiked for A Knight in Central Park? Awesome numbers.

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Tori. Yes, I know exactly why. a reader of A Knight in Central Park sent a great review to Pixel of Ink letting them know that A Knight in Central Park was $.99 and so Pixel of Ink put the word out and the book took off. It was doing well before the mention in Mid-April, but Pixel of Ink gave my time travels a huge spike!

Mara said...

Congrats on the book sales. It must be cool to know that so many people are reading your work! I can tell you that taking part in blog hops like Menage a Blog are well worth it, since that is where I first saw you and your books. And because of the great free book giveaway, I have the chance to read one of your books and will buy more...
Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate how hard you writer folks have to work to get your name out to the public. I don;t know if people realize hw much time it takes to take part in a bloghops or interviews. I've been considering becoming a reviewer on a larger scale (I started my post-college life as a journalist specializing in media analysis and criticism - or more plainly - a reviewer of any and all media, as well as food/restaurants), but I can't figure out how I will have the time, what with the dayjob and all. So, we'll see.
Keep up the hard work, though, because it is definitely paying off!

Tori Scott said...

That's awesome! I keep hoping they'll notice Satisfaction Guaranteed. It's my biggest seller by far, and it's priced at .99, but no luck yet.

Okay, back to writing....

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Mara, thanks so much for the thoughtful comment and for taking the time to let me know that the blog hop last week really did make a difference. I met so many nice people during the blog tour. I had no idea that meeting super friendly readers would be part of the deal. A few readers told me that there was no way they would be able to afford to try the works of new authors without giveaways. Your post-college life sounds interesting. I do hope you can make time for reviewing books. Do you have a review site for all of your analysis/critiques of food and restaurants? Imagine the amazing review site you could start. Let me know if you do start reviewing books. I bet your reviews would be well thought out with that analysis and criticism background. Thanks again and good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Saranna DeWylde said...

Wow, that's amazing. I just put The Real Housewives of Olympus up last week so, I'm still banging around like two virgins in the dark trying to figure out what else I can be doing. This was really helpful. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Saranna DeWylde said...

Oh... and of course super huge congrats. :)

Theresa Ragan said...

Saranna, love the title and your book looks like fun. At first I thought you were mentioning a new t.v. show. ha. Cute cover. I got to visit the set of Wisteria Lane a few years ago and I have pictures of myself inside Eva's dressing room and in one of the kitchens. Fun!

Congratulations to you, too.

Debbie said...

Congratulations Theresa! I am constantly telling all my friends if they want a great book, to look you up. I finished 'Finding Kate Huntley' and have to let you know its another winner!

Debbie K

Theresa Ragan said...

Thank you so much, Debbie! Very nice of you to say.

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