Some how I got a second Bookbub feature. I am very thankful for that, as I know how difficult it can be to get a spot.
This is a powerful email to be in.
Kevin and the Seven Lions was a feature on May 11. That day it gave away 9505 copies on Amazon and 1664 copies between Apple and Nook. Draft2digital doesn’t give me specific numbers in stores until the next month.
Yes. That’s free. But still cool.
My hope is that bump will be longer than the bump that came with the paid promo of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien. This promo added more email subscribers, and added a lot more reviews. And most of the reviews are 4 and 5 star, so I am good with that. I even sold a copy of the Audio book. And that is great because the audio book has sold only a few copies.
But the best part was seeing it hit the #1 Children’s Book on the free list.
Hitting Number one in Children’s free. Yes. It is free. I will take it.
Amazon is a search engine, not a bookstore. By hitting the number one spot my visibility increased big time. Also more people downloaded the book then have visited this blog, think about that for moment. Blogging is fun. Blogging helps get my name out But a permafree book on Amazon gets more downloads than an old fashion blog. There is an SEO lesson there.
Here is my post from the first time I was on Bookbub.
I pulled Kevin and the Seven Lions from the exclusivity of Amazon back in January. You can still get it there, but not in the Prime library or Kindle Unlimited.
For some reason Amazon has not let the book go permafree. Amazon seems to be very difficult in doing that, I have no control of them. Of course it is in their interest to charge for it.
But you can get it for free in EPUB format or PDF format if you join my Insider’s List.
You get a whole bunch of other freebies as well. But that is the big one. It is my first book and it was what started this whole adventure.
Also if you join now you will be entered to get signed copies of all five books.
Click here to join.
I had totally forgotten I had set the third Kevin book to a Kindle Countdown this week. Anyway it is the third book in the Kevin series. Maybe I will get back to that series soon. 99 cents is as good as it is going to get. So get it now.
In other news Kevin and the Seven Lions is free on Nook and Kobo. I still can’t get the Amazon to price match. You could help by click on the Find a Lower Price Link, and then linking the Nook or Kobo link. (Apple is taking it’s sweet Molasses time in putting the book up on iTunes. You know. Because. Apple.)
I am trying to get Kevin and the Seven Lions go perma-free on Amazon. It’s a strategy that seems to work for a lot of people. And the book long since made a profit on what I put into it. (The others, well that’s a different story.) By doing that it would be the plan that hope the sales on the sequels would increase.
So if anyone here can let Amazon know that the book is free on the other sites that would be a great help.
If you’re a writer and have tried the perma free approach, please share you experience in the comment section.
My first book, Kevin and the Seven Lions, is a Kindle Countdown Deal this week. Check it out for 99 cents before it goes back up to $2.99. Click here to get it: http://bit.ly/Kevin7lions
Also AJ Cosmo, just updated one of his best sellers, The Monster Who Ate My Socks. He updated it to print with a lesson plan written by yours truly.
Also I am didiligentlyorking on the sequel to Dolbin School for the Extraordinary. If you would like to get the book for free before it is available on Amazon join my Insider’s List. Also if you join before December 1 you will be entered into a drawing to earn signed copies of all five of my paperbacks. Click here to join the list: http://bit.ly/MartinsList
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I disappeared from this blog for awhile. Been busy getting the new book ready and school work is getting busy.
Anyway the third Kevin book is now ready. It is around 12,000 words and is formatted as an early chapter book for 2 through 4 grade readers. It continues the story from Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.
Kevin and the Triple Creature Feature. Click on the pic to see in Amazon.
The original book Kevin and the Seven Lions is now also available as an audiobook on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
I want to blog about that experience as well. That was a great and interesting experience. Don’t know if sales will justify making others but we’ll see.
I let the KDP select exclusivity run out on Kevin and the Seven Lions. It is now up a Nook. Kobo and iBooks should be coming soon. But let me just say a blog post is coming about this experience. Just uploading the book to Nook, Kobo, and Apple was a quick lesson in why Amazon is winning. That blog post is coming. It is a big learning experience.
Anyway here is the link for Seven Lions on Nook.
So I came home and saw this on my computer.
Now, to get it to the left side of the screen.
So since the book broke the top 5 in the Children’s list I thought I would continue it one more day. Maybe it can break the top 100, it got to 110. (Soooo close…)
So click on the pic below to download.
Click to see the book on Amazon.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot there’s the sequel. So go check that one out as well!
Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.
I wrote a book. I am still surprised that.
As Steve Martin once said something like “I always wanted to be considered an author, so I figured I needed to write a book.”
Thoughts are always better when it is attributed to someone more famous than you.
But let’s not get too crazy, it’s a 1100 word picture book. The illustrations, which I didn’t do, are better than my writing.
But my little side project project has surprised me. People told me they liked the book. I thought people would pat me on the head and say “isn’t that cute.” But they didn’t, they asked questions instead about how I did it. I got asked a lot. So I did a very 21st century thing and began a blog.
By day I teach, or I try to teach first graders. And trying to teach for the 21st century is still a very anxious thought process.
But I will attempt to show how writing and publishing your own book, and education for the 21st century are connected.
I haven’t completely figured it out yet. Luckily this is a blog.