Laura Smith



Posted by lsmith335 on February 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

How did I get over 1100 downloads on my free promotion with my second book when I only got a little over 100 downloads on my first book? I really can't say. I didn't do much different this second time around than my first. I went to all of the same websites for free advertising (though this time around I knew which sites to avoid). I was able to boost my social media accounts a little between books, adding followers on Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest. I also received a decent amount of review responses. The more exposure, the better.

Other writers have also contacted me in a kind of review exchange. We review each other's books while they're free and post our reviews on Amazon. Writers supporting writers is always a good thing. Hopefully, I can get some children's authors to review my work in the future.

Still, I can't account for the spike in downloads. Most of those came in the last two days, jumping from 77 to 155 downloads yesterday afternoon and from 155 to over 700 a few hours later.It has me worried about spammers or some other discouraging force causing these high numbers. I don't want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed.

The next step is to see if this free promotion pays off. The last promotion did very little to increase sales on my last book. In fact, I've had no paid downloads this month. The only thing I can hope for is that my story captures enough imaginations that it will be passed on from reader to reader and that they will want to purchase hard copies for their children to read. 

In the meantime, my next step is to purchase some table space in local vendor and craft fairs. I have to reach the local, non-Internet audience. I even sent out some requests to my local libraries asking them to purchase my books. This is a long shot as they rarely buy from self-published authors, but I've also read that they will sometimes support local writers by buying their books. 

So, what have I learned? Patience. I still can't consider myself a success, but I see now that it's not something that's going to happen in a week, no matter how hard I work. I'm just going to keep on plugging away, looking for opportunities for sales and continuing to write books to add to my self-published collection. The idea of finding an agent or publisher is still not dead to me either. I have a long writing career ahead of me and more stories to tell. This is only the beginning.

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