Monday, September 30, 2013

Many, Many Thanks...

I want to thank everyone for all of the retweets on Twitter, or sharing of links on Facebook or where ever. The two days I gave my book away for free, I had over 280 downloads.

I've sold a few copies of my book since then and I've gained more followers on Twitter.

So thank you, everyone, who helped me spread the word. I appreciate the help and support!

Now I'm just waiting to hear what the reviews will be. Who liked it, who hated it. Doesn't matter, really. I'm stoked! I've shared my gift.

One thing I've learned in all of this, Twitter is a very powerful promotional tool. I try to keep track of things I've tweeted, the ones that seem to get the most re-tweets and the most laughs.

Several of the tweets I used this time around were things like, "I don't claim to have perfect #writing. But I tell a great story. If you like #highfantasy, give "Adversarius" a try." or "#wecandateif you're an Elf. Otherwise, not happening. ;) #free #kindle #ebook get it quick!"

Fun things like that. After it went back to being $1.99, one of the things I tweeted was, "My book is no longer free, but you can't beat $1.99, even with a stick. Well... you could, but you'd look silly".

I try to be funny. I try to use trending hashtags or ones that I have looked up that pertain to my book. And of course, I always make sure I link to my book. Bitly.com helps with shortening links.

But yeah, seems like every time I tweeted a "good one" my downloads increased. Lots of my friends shared my link on Facebook. Some of them shared with the groups they belonged to and that helped a lot.

I certainly promoted my butt off in two days!

Again, thanks to all of you who helped! I'm planning on a one day giveaway on October 11. It's my birthday, but I'll be the one giving the gift. So if you'd like to help me spread the word yet again, I'd love it. And of course, I'd appreciate it.

Work will resume on book two soon. I tried Scrivener and loved it, so that will be my present to myself. I'll be getting that soon and then I can get right back to work! Yay!

Hope you all had a good weekend. I'll see you soon.

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You could beat it with a stick but you'd look funny - priceless! Glad the promotion went well. I'm one of the Writers4Writers authors next month and need to start preparing Tweets soon.

Julie Dao said...

Terrific! It sounds like such hard work and yet so rewarding to get out there and promote your work. And with all of the social media platforms we have today, it can be fun, too! Glad it went well.

Angela Brown said...

So awesome that you had a lot of great downloads. And I'm sure you'll have some great reviews :-)

Donna Hosie said...

Well done, Mel. Your hard work is paying off.

Mel Chesley said...

Thanks everyone! If anyone needs help spreading the word for anything, I'm your girl. Just give me a holler.

Tammy Theriault said...

hard work, well rewarded! cute minions

Tonja Matney said...

Yay for you on your downloads! Congratulations. I'm sure the sales will keep coming.

I follow (again) with my new persona. My new blog is http://tonjareynolds.blogspot.com

J.L. Campbell said...

Glad that worked out for you. Passing through on the IWSG hop.