Great excitement and shameless promotion

I’m excited this week so please indulge me as I do a bit of trumpet-blowing – and some shameless promotion.

Amazon has designated No More Mulberries a best seller in its Asian literature category on both UK and USA sites. It has a lovely little yellow sticker ‘Best Seller’ beside it. I’ve taken screen shots to show you, and for me to keep as a memento because I know its status will not last for long.

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It’s lovely while it’s happening, though, and I’ve been clicking so often onto No More Mulberries on Amazon I know they will be sending me an email suggesting I buy it! It’s ranking in two other categories on Amazon.com have been not too shabby, either:

• #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Classics > Women’s
• #65 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Romance

I put the digital version of No More Mulberries on Kindle Countdown at the bargain price of 99p (99c if you live across the pond). If an author enrols an e-book with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited he/she can run a promotion once in every 90-day period. The promotion can be either offering the book free for a certain number of days or reducing the price.

I’m not as organised as I should be and the last time I did one was way back in October last year so I could have run a promotion before now, which might have given sales a boost in February. February was a very lean month! I’m learning, though, and understand how important it is to ensure my novel is visible to potential readers who can choose from millions of titles on Amazon.

Of course, it’s not enough to reduce the price and send out a few tweets to get eyeballs on a book. I have some fabulous blogger friends who have helped by sharing news of the promotion widely through their networks – too many to name them all, but you know who you are and I thank you. I invested a few pounds (dollars) in some of the promotion sites – the ones which send subscribers emails offering a selection of books in their chosen genre. Ereader News Today is a site I’d recommend as an ad with it really results in sales. Some promo sites are much better than others and if you want to know more about how to promote your book you can do no better than visit eNovelAuthorsatWork and check out the blog posts there.No More Mulberries - web ready

That’s the great excitement bit – now for the shameless promotion of No More Mulberries.

Blurb: Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves working at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married. When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. An old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she was and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

No More Mulberries is still on sale until the 11th of April so there is still time to grab a copy at the knockdown price of 99p. You can’t buy a cup of coffee for that!

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24 thoughts on “Great excitement and shameless promotion

  1. Congratulations, Mary. From what I’ve read about Amazon sales rankings, your sales can be steady even without hitting those highs again, and will probably flow on to increased sales of your other books, too. Well done, you. Flaunt that sticker!

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    • Thanks, Jenny. When I was deciding which promo sites to use I was surprised to see how many are now promoting digital books from traditional publishers. In fact I think at least one has been taken over by a publisher.
      I’ll try a promo for Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni some time. My publisher is happy to book the Kindle Countdown whenever I want, which is nice, but doesn’t stump up to cover the promo fees, which is not so nice.

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