J.A. Konrath has a web log that consists of equal parts controversy and tips for indie writers. I feel like I am the person who discovered Konrath because, years ago, I came across an article about him in a writer's magazine. He had just inked a two book deal with Hyperion for $150,000. At that time, and probably for many today, this is the writer's dream. Discovery, validation, and the fame that only a writer's magazine can bestow. There were black and white photographs of him walking near a railroad bridge, no doubt deep in thought.
Fast forward about a decade, Konrath now seems to prefer the wealth and control that comes to the fortunate and professionally committed of the Amazon self-published crowd. By any reasonable person's standards, J.A. seems to be doing very well. He also shares a huge amount of personal and practical information on his blog.
So, earlier in September, J.A. Konrath posted an article with 15 tips for self-published authors. This time, I resolved to try his advice.
Last week, the 22nd through the 26th of September, I used my Amazon Kindle free promotion days and made Brand Loyalty available for free. I promoted the event with 2 of the 3 advertisers he recommended, one being a bit pricey for me.
Here's what happened:
I started the week with an Amazon rating of 7,093 on the Free List. I peaked at 53 within a day. Brand Loyalty was in the top 100 for 3 of the 5 days and I ended at about 350. Overall, I was able to share my first novel with over 6,000 Kindle readers, including readers in Germany, the UK and Canada. I even got readers in India, Japan, France, Australia, and Italy.
Because of this exposure, sales of my second novel, Beyond the Law, are better than ever and now I have a sales rating in Germany and the UK as well as a much better one in the US.
I don't know why Konrath chooses to give such valuable advice to people he doesn't know, but here's the link to his blog.