Communion Of Dreams


Goes sinking from my eyes like a stone.*
February 2, 2012, 11:14 am
Filed under: Amazon, Kindle, Marketing, Music, Promotion, Psychic abilities, Publishing, Science Fiction

A couple of days ago I wrote about another author’s experience in having his self-published work enrolled in the KDP Select program, which offers authors a chance to promote their Kindle edition book as a free download. If you haven’t read the original post by David Kazzie, I still recommend it, and you can find it here: How Amazon’s KDP Select Saved My Book

His blog post includes this tidbit:

“Now I had heard that the big sales bump for Free-to-Paid came about three days after it came off of Free status, but I didn’t know how accurate that was.”

And he goes on to explore how it actually worked out for him, and how he saw the sales of his book skyrocket.

Yesterday the ‘third day after’ for my promotional push offering Communion of Dreams for free last weekend. And sales did not rise again.

I’m not complaining. I learned things from this promotion, and from reading about Kazzie’s experience. I’ll put those lessons to work in future efforts promoting Communion.

But I am struck by how completely the book fell completely out of everyone’s attention, judging by the sales rank. Currently the Kindle edition is at #39,945 and the paperback edition is at #1,110,942. At one point last weekend it was at #641 overall in the Kindle edition and like #10,000 in the paperback. That’s an impressive plummet back into obscurity.

Will it stay there? No idea. Like I said, I have some ideas on how to handle another promotion, but we’ll see how things actually work out. Certainly I have learned to not trust to hope too much – just enough to keep moving forward. Things will work out however they work out, all we can do is try.

Jim Downey

*Al Stewart’s Nostradamus, of course. Here’s the relevant stanza:

Oh, I had a dream
It seemed I stood alone
And the veil of all the years
Goes sinking from my eyes like a stone

Which ties in to Communion of Dreams in several ways. First, I was a big fan of Stewart when I was young (and have enjoyed his work into adulthood), and really liked his story-telling style. Second, this was very much a metaphor for the creative process in writing the book for me, since in some ways it felt like I was just standing outside of time and watching it unfold into the future. And third, the purported psychic abilities of Nostradamus have always been of interest to me, but just don’t pan out in rigorous scientific testing . . . so I had to find a way to explain that. Which is in the book. And that’s all I’ll say so I don’t spoil any surprises for someone who hasn’t yet finished reading the damned thing. Which, if you have, means you should have an opinion on whether you like it or not, so you should go rate it or write a review of it on Amazon. Right? Right.

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I published an SF novel with lulu.com a few years ago, and guess what? None sold. But when i made it available for free, it got a few thousands of hits in as many months. Now thousands of downloads from other sites. Still no sales.
Problem now, with the rise of self publishing, there’s so much out there competing for attention. Still, if you know the right places to promote (like here), success can happen.

Comment by Adrian Kyte

Yeah, cutting through the noise is always a problem – one of the things which Kazzie talks about in assessing what actually helped him get his book noticed.

So, how did you find out about CoD, Adrian?

Comment by James Downey




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