I have some news about my second novel.
In the last few months I spent a couple of hundred Canadian dollars and did some free promotion of Flash Drive. The results were encouraging, to say the least:
- More than 11,000 readers in 12 countries downloaded the book.
- On two occasions, it broke into the top 100 in the Kindle store, reaching as high as #39.
- Sales have been in the double -digits since the promotion began.
- I also sold some copies of my first novel, Last Call at the Ringrose Pub.
Flash Drive has picked up a total of 99 ratings and 42 reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The average rating on Goodreads and in Amazon stores in three countries is consistently at least 4+ stars out of 5.
Sample comments from Amazon.com:
“What a wonderful and exciting story! I didn’t want it to end. I haven’t felt that way in a long time.”
“Love, marriage, divorce, relationships, jealousy, anger, frustration, addiction – wow! The whole gamut of life spread out over a mystery, a thriller, an adventure…”
“Flat-out fascinating. Like no other book I have ever read. If you don’t read this, you have missed an opportunity of a lifetime.”
As a new and unknown author, my goal with this promotion was limited. I hoped the book would find some readers, and some of them would like it. The overwhelmingly positive response – and the extraordinary enthusiasm of some reviewers – took me by surprise. I find it gratifying and heartwarming. It has made this whole writing/publishing project worthwhile.
When you reach the end of a Kindle book, Amazon always nags you to rate your experience. If you do, you are whisked to their website and encouraged to write a review. The majority of readers don’t bother. But a few do, and I am eternally grateful to every single one of them, even the couple of negative reviewers who hated the book (they bring the average rating down to a respectable 4.4, instead of an unrealistic and suspicious 4.8).
Many thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in this authoring business over the years. Your support is precious.