I’ve often read that the average indie author can expect to sell 250 books in their lifetime (or their book’s lifetime). If that’s the case, then I surpassed that milestone this weekend with four sales of my first book, Hope Quest book 1: Blackbird (released May 2019).
Four sales is certainly nothing to write home about, but in this case, it’s just enough to write a blog post about.
In order to get those sales, I tried something new this weekend – I paid for my first ever promotional spot on a mailing list. For $25 I ran a one-day ad with Bargain Booksy to promote my book to their YA audience of email subscribers. I had read a few good reviews and a few not so good reviews, but for $25 I thought it was worth a shot. With a mere four sales in that one day, I certainly didn’t make my money back, but those were the first sales I had had in months (!) and it did push my lifetime sales past that 250 milestone marker that most indie books never surpass, so I took it as a win.
There are some things I will do differently next time (and yes, despite the poor showing, I’ve decided to give it another shot). I’ve since learned that a .99 cent price- point and a better blurb should help boost my results, so cross your fingers for me and Hope!
If you’re interested in trying out a Bargain Booksy promo, here’s some good info to get you started: The Best Way to Promote a Book on Bargain Booksy
If you’ve done a book promo with Bargain booksy or another site, comment or drop me a line (you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know your results. I’d love to do a fuller, more informative post on this type of advertising in the future.
Other book promo sites can be found here via Written Word
…and if you’re looking for something to read, check out my book, Hope Quest book 1: Blackbird!