My advertising for Stray was a moderate success with a nice spurt of thirty-odd sales in a few hours shooting me up briefly into the sub-rankings (once you get in the top 5000 or so, you start appearing in various sub-genre lists).
With the promotion advertisement past, I'll be reverting prices mid-July, with Stray and Lab Rat going to $2.99 (my "first six months" price) and Medair, Champion, and Stained Glass Monsters will be $4.99 (my standard price). Price and your chances of selling as a self-publisher are really impossible to predict - some people won't pay more than $0.99 or $2.99 for a self-published author. But many do - and some don't even look at books priced that low, on the "you get what you pay for" philosophy. I'll stick with my current system, with the occasional month-long special for promotional purposes, which should capture both markets. Or not. Thinking about covers is much more fun. :)
So this prompts a couple of questions, which I will understand if you want to save for future blog posts rather than answer here:ReplyDelete
1) What can you say about your method for tracking sales data? How do your sales trends influence your decisions about timing of new releases, advertising etc?
2) Given your experiences with Glacial Decisions Publishing Inc, have you foresworn traditional publishing altogether or are you still trying to get some of your work into the trad pipeline?
3) What haven't you said yet about your cover design process?