KDP Select-early results

By Mike Jastrzebski

Last week I wrote about putting my books up for free through the Amazon Prime program. My first offering was Weep No More, my psychological thriller which I am offering at .99 cents. The book was free January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. During those 3 days 1283 copies were downloaded for free in the US and 246 copies were downloaded for free in the UK.

Prior to the 21st I had sold 17 copies of Weep No More in the US and 0 copies in the UK during the month of January. Since the end of the offer I have sold 154 copies of Weep No More in the US and 16 copies in the UK. I should point out that on Thursday the 26th I ran a Kindle Nation Daily sponsorship and I sold 76 of the 154 on that day.

On the 26th I also began a 5 day free offering of Dog River Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery). Through Sunday, the 29th I have given away 2645 copies of Dog River Blues in the US and 150 copies in the UK.

In a typical month in the UK, I sell maybe 3 or 4 books. This month, mostly since I ran Weep No More for free, I’ve sold 3 copies of Dog River Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery), 5 copies of Key Lime Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery), 1 copy of The Storm Killer, and the 16 copies of Weep No More in the UK.

I think I made the right decision putting all of my books into the Prime program, but you can judge that for yourself. Next week I’ll report on my sales of Dog River Blues following the free run. Also next Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th, Key Lime Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery) will be free at Amazon.


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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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