Well… It has been a very interesting weekend for me watching the download numbers across the world click up, and being humbled by the number of people who now have a copy of my book. Let me just reflect on that for just a moment. When I tell you the figures, you might think, well that’s not a lot, and to some that might be true.
This is my first book. I haven’t gone down a traditional route with it, nor have I seriously submitted it to a publisher or tried to find an agent. It is what it is. I worked hard on it, I had it professionally edited and I had a professional cover made for it, but it hasn’t been creatively critiqued in depth by anyone.
So let me give you some statistics. I realise there is still time to go, and these numbers may fluctuate slightly, but I’m exhausted and am heading for my bed soon.
The 2 highest downloads by far were in the USA and the UK
On Amazon.com: 324 downloaded – Putting my book No.3 in the (Free) British Detective category
On Amazon.co.uk: 181 downloaded – Putting my book No.2 in the (Free) British Detective category
In Germany (Amazon.de): 12 books downloaded
In France (Amazon.fr): 1 book downloaded
In Italy (Amazon.it): 1 book downloaded
And in Canada (Amazon.ca): 4 books downloaded
That total of 523 books really stunned me.
I now have positive proof that Facebook marketing (which really IS the only marketing I’ve done for my book) has had a positive impact on this campaign. My hope now is, that some of those people read it, and hopefully write me a review.
Now I can start to work on building the sales. It will take time, and once the printed version is available I’ll have another campaign to start. But for now, I have some 500+ people out there who have downloaded my book.
That it is out there around the world, is still a pretty amazing thing!