As of the 3rd, my KDP enrollment was due to be up, so I decided to use my last free day on June 1st so I could put any sales into the month of June. If you remember, my 4th free day (which took place in May) was a total bust not netting a single sale and giving away less than 200 copies. I was bummed but I decided I wanted to use all my days regardless.
I advertised my free day on the same sites and hoped for the best. The day started slow with less than 100 downloads. I went to bed figuring that would be it. When I woke up the following morning I saw that there had been almost 700 other downloads in addition to the first 100. Yay! I’m not sure, but I figure it must have hit one of the sites later in the day. I swear those sites are a lifesaver because they have such a larger reach than I do on my own.
The day after the free event was a bust like last time. Not a single sale. I figured the luck I had had with prior free days was gone with the new ways KDP is conducting things but Sunday proved me wrong with about 50 sales. Not too shabby!
All in all, in the 3 month time span, I gave away roughly the following:
US sales (the only one worth mentioning) was a couple hundred books. My UK/Europe sales are practically nonexistent.
So while the sale numbers aren’t staggering, it was a HUGE jump from what it had been before and the exposure was excellent, in the states anyhow. I’m glad I gave the venture a chance.
My thoughts for moving on? Free days should be grouped today, perhaps in two to three day groups. The reasoning behind this is because 3 months isn’t that long a period of time. I think my last two free days didn’t do as well because they didn’t hit those pages I sent them into either because they had already been recently featured or because there were so many other requests mine just didn’t get chosen. I think by having a 2 or 3 day event every other month rather than 2 free days spaced out in a month, you’re more likely to be featured.
I think I also need to find a way to better promote myself outside of the US. I’ve been chatting with more UK book bloggers and writers so I will have to see if they have recommendations that could help.
Lastly, it’s important for you to know when your KDP contract ends. Mine ended on June 3rd and when I just went to check it, I found they automatically re-enroll you in the program. You only have a couple days to cancel before you’re stuck for another 3 months. Do yourself a favor and set up an alarm on Google calenders or your phone so you are reminded when it ends in case you don’t want to stay involved in the program.
I hope my followups have been educational and helpful to you all. Since I’m going in for another round, if something new happens worth talking about, I’ll be sure to post about it!