Are you curious about a one-year delay? I explained it in my first income report.
In August I ran 2 free promos. The first was a 3 day long promo of my fitness book. It started on 2nd of August. The results were disappointing, just 199 downloads on Amazon.com. The direct effect was 2 copies sold on the first day after the promo.
On 22nd of August I started the second promo of personal mission statement book. It was 2 days long and the results were similar – 207 downloads.
I was writing a parenting book that month. This book proves that you can write about anything. In October 2012 I discovered that my son had problems at school. He was lazy and unfocused in his education which resulted in poor grades. I took care of tutoring him. I found he read very poorly, that his knowledge of English is almost non-existent and a couple of other issues. I addressed them via daily disciplines and he finished the school year with honors!
Ta-da, the book’s story was ready.
Writing it took me about a month. It’s my worst performing book ever, by the way. I didn’t do much market research prior to writing. But I don’t regret writing it at all. Teaching others automatically makes you focus on what you are teaching and as a result I become a better parent myself. In 2014 my son also finished his school year with honors.
I also finished another side project that month—publishing 365 quotes from the Science of Getting Rich book. I wanted to learn how to publish a public domain work. And I did. I also discovered that you can’t sign up such work to the KDP Select program and you are eligible only for 35% royalties from it.
Another failed get-rich-quick scheme 😉
So I learned a few valuable lessons and maybe one day this pseudo-book will return my time investment (in the next 10 to 20 years). I also got a few subscribers through this work, because I offered to send those quotes every day straight to the subscriber’s mailbox.
I did some price testing. People are supposedly more likely to purchase items priced with the ending .99, because they perceive them as cheaper. So I priced my personal mission statement book at $0.99 and left it at this level for almost two weeks. I didn’t notice a significant change in sales and went back to $1.
I hate .99 endings. I was in the supermarket yesterday trying to clear a prepaid card with 5,2 balance. Almost all the products were priced with that effin ending! I hate them. I hate the fact that I need to add 0,01 to everything I buy to get some meaningful summary. For me it’s like red rag to a bull. That’s why I give all my books a round pricing point: $1 or $3.
The Income Report Breakdown
Income: Still zero.
Three full months and I didn’t earn a dime.
August 2013 was my best month in my publishing career so far. I sold 31 books. I had 3 days with a record 3 sales a day.
I earned a virtual $7.44.
Cost: $19, Aweber services (aff link).
Net result: -$19
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