KDP Select Promotion – Promo over – Initial thoughts

The above picture probably means very little to you, especially as we can hardly see it (damn computers!), it may turn out to mean not much to me either! But… it states the end result of my free book 3 day promotion. If you want any of my work now, you’ll have to dig deep into your pockets and gather up a few bucks of your hard-earned cash!

Son of a Serial Killer was downloaded just shy of 6000 times, which means that lots of people who have never heard of me until this weekend now have the chance to switch on their kindle and see what my work is all about.

I fully understand not everyone who downloads a free book will get around to reading it, but some do, and I have a new 5 star review already to prove it!

To summarise, Friday went ok for ‘SoaSK’ with over a thousand downloads recorded, then Saturday things took a turn for the worse and I saw only few hundred downloads between Saturday morning and Sunday evening.

I was cursing my lack of funds to provide a good marketing platform for the promotion as I drifted off to sleep last night, after seeing my position on the free kindle charts drift further and further from the number 1 spot, and even the more achievable top 100 chart.

As you can see above, that Sunday evening, the people of America who were on the net obviously took a shine to my psychological thriller and added it to their collection. I talk of the US, by the way, as most websites that promote free books (for free) are marketed towards that audience, so most links that I used when promoting my giveaway were Amazon.com links and not .co.uk (please forgive me, motherland).

So I got to #35 in the kindle store and down to #6 in the thrillers list! My stay there would have been short-lived as the promo ended just hours later, so I’m not expecting miracles to happen regarding after-promo sales.

However, thousands more people have my work, which means there is potential for them to purchase my other books and maybe my projects of the future too (if they were suitably impressed of course).

Extremely England, my satirical comedy, didn’t do as well, but this was to be expected in a more niche market. Still, 230 copies dished out may get me some reviews, so it’s not bad at all. That plus the fact I’ve started randomly attacking people who cannot demonstrate an adequate sense of humour.

Just to clarify, I didn’t pay for any advertisement over the weekend, and if I did, perhaps my books would have taken over the world! AS usual, I used this helpful page of David McGowan’s website and a few Facebook groups that I stumbled across. If I see any notable changes in how sales go/reviews are made over the next couple of weeks I shall report back!

Ciao for now, Jams N. Roses.

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Extremely England – Brand spanking new release!

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Extremely England – Satirical, farcical, comical fun!

‘Extremely England’ is different to everything I have written up to this point, and is my (somewhat distorted?) current perspective on my country of birth; what it has become, the way it is run and how it is reported on by the media among other things.

When I was young, I was proud to be English and believed England was the centre of the universe! Oh, how we learn as we grow up… Please don’t get me wrong, I am not ashamed to be English, or British, but I now realise that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, the chances are that you are standing right next to an idiot at this very instant.

I hope you enjoy the book , if not, get a sense of humour!

Here is the short synopsis of Extremely England…

A satirical story, ‘Extremely England’ is a naughty novella full of farcical fun! 

Bobby Saint is in line for promotion. He is widely regarded as Britain’s best policeman, as well as being good friends with Mayor Terrence Thatcher, the man to assign the job of ‘Top Copper’ to whom he believes most suitable.   But Harriet Plebb, ex-Big Brother winner and strong candidate to be the next Prime Minister, along with her power-hungry husband, Edwin, a human rights lawyer, has other ideas…

In order to win votes from a certain section of the voting public, the Plebbs blackmail the mayor into giving the job to an unknown candidate of their choice. Due to fear of humiliation and the probability of losing his wonderful wife, the mayor cannot bring himself to spill the beans to his old friend, Bobby.

After some scandalous defamation of his character, the out of favour policeman then has to rely on his hopeless journalist wife, Maggie, and her lay-about brother, Guy, to help him bring down the criminal masterminds and stop the corruption, thus claiming his rightful place at the top of Britain’s Police Force.

Contains rude and crude humour – Not for the easily offended!

‘Extremely England’ is available in Kindle format. Buy it here…

Amazon UShttp://amzn.to/13ir8sH

Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/13vEk0D

 

Changing genre…

So, with two books published and selling on Amazon, and the occasional guest post to help promote them, I was left with a choice about what my next project should be.

Statistically speaking, a good option would be to write a sequel to one of my previous novels, as this seems to go down with readers. Both books have had positive reviews so far, so this would be the next logical step.

However, I am an artist (apparently I am, being a writer, however outside of this blog I’d be too shy to announce it to the world), and although logical in some respects of life, when it comes to my art, my passion, I am as sensible and organised as Van Gogh on acid.

This doesn’t mean I will not revisit the characters from Get Clean or Son of a Serial Killer, those that survived that is (spoiler? maybe, you’ll have to read them and find out), but for now I have decided to concentrate on an old screenplay that I wrote, and to novelize that.

So we’ve established that from a marketing and business point of view, this may not be the wisest step, but it gets worse…

Extremely England (working title) is not the crime/thriller/mystery that either of the previous book were, and if I said that I was 100% sure that the audience who have appreciated those books would definitely be into the new project, I’d either be stretching the truth or straight-up lying!

Somebody who loves to read about the dark side of crime, death, depressive situations and hate is not necessarily going to love Extremely England, a light-hearted view of the problems faced (in reality or just through the eyes of the media) in my beloved country of birth.

Draft Zero of the screenplay was heavily influenced by the early Woody Allen hysterical comedies; Take the Money and Run, Bananas, etc., and I also realise these are not to everyone’s taste.

Changing the format from visually comical script into a laugh-out-loud novel won’t prove to be easy, but I’m willing to give it a go. Of course, the fact that I have a printed manuscript to work from means the new novel should make progress a little easier than working from random notes, half-memories and random nuggets of inspiration – I really do hope this is the case!

So there it is, for the time being, I’m changing genre.

Wish me luck.