Time does fly when you’re busy, doesn’t it?
Suddenly it’s Christmas again and I find I haven’t made a blog post in far too long and I haven’t set up any Christmas deals. I also haven’t finished any new books, though I have two in early draft stages.
Despite my lack of marketing, the audiobooks seem to be going very well, especially the Christmas story. I find it interesting that they are outselling the much cheaper e-books.
Paperbacks are, of course, the most convenient for giving as gifts but I’ve left it rather late to offer a sale. So, I’ll tell you what, I’ll make it a January sale! From today until 31st January 2019, both Jack Dawkins and A Christmas with the Dodger are 25% off direct from Lulu.com.
I hope you all have a wonderful Victorian Christmas!
Both are expertly narrated by actor Tony Cleary, who has a flair with accents and characterisation that suits the stories well.
This is an exciting new development in the adventures of both Jack and Reg. More adventures are to come, so if you haven’t already, do follow my blog for updates! I post infrequently, so your inbox won’t be inundated with trivial day-to-day nonsense.
I’ve had it in mind for some time to change the cover on my Christmas book. I loved the Christmas Tree, but despite the purple background being in keeping with Victorian preferences, it somehow didn’t seem to work.
A suggestion was made that the sepia effect of the book cover for Jack Dawkins could become a theme for my Victorian era books and the result is the new design for A Christmas With The Dodger.
What do you think? My thieves Christmas Tree has been preserved, but the background and font feel much more Dickensian as a result of the change. I have two more books to finish within this era. One by request, about the further adventures of Reg Dawkins, and another that I feel compelled to write about another Dickens character who deserves further exploration. The cover designs for both become simplified by establishing a theme, with the Christmas book having a few minor differences like choice of font and shape of the burnt paper frame.
Now all I need is the free time to write the books!
My first Amazon sale had very encouraging results. Jack Dawkins did especially well on Amazon UK and although I only looked at progress sporadically, I noted that it got as high as number 30 in the top 100 under Classic Literature and occasionally slipped just into the top 100 Historical Fiction on occasion, floating just inside or outside the 100 mark.
I find it interesting that it was so much more successful in the UK than the U.S., when it has mostly been American readers who have occasionally contacted me to ask if there will be more adventures for Jack or Reg to come.
The question is, will sales always produce such results, or is it only that the book is new to this avenue? Time will tell. I will leave it in KDP Select for the moment and see what happens next time.
In the meantime, I believe I will go ahead and unpublish my Christmas book from Smashwords with a view towards submitting it to KDP Select as well. I’ll put them both back eventually, perhaps just before Christmas or just after, depending on how the dates fall on my KDP obligations. Perhaps a new cover design for the Christmas book is in order as well.
I thought I might try using some of Amazon’s promotional tools to give Jack Dawkins wider exposure, so I have joined KDP Select. This means that for a limited time, Jack Dawkins is available on Kindle Unlimited.
I expect to go back to wider distribution, but for three or perhaps six months, I’m giving this a whirl. Meanwhile the paperback version of the book now has the new cover to match the Kindle version. This will be reflected at the various outlets in due course.
For those who read on Kindle, Jack Dawkins will be on sale for .99 from 28 April to 2 May, just in time for May bank holiday weekend! You can find it with the reduced price on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.