The darkside being social media, of course. It’s been a while since my last blog. Apologies but all sorts of stuff been keeping me busy. So, how’s my campaign going?
Well I spent a painful few days trying to publicise a one day free book offer on the kindle edition. I took to social media like a pro(although not a pro at social media) and boosted posts and linked to sites and jumped through hoops etc. I went onto a site called fiverr where you can pay “influencers” to promote your post. I chose two of these and paid about £40.00 to have my offer “Blasted” across twitter and instagram.
‘I gave away a load of books…’
So did it work? Well something did, I had a target figure in my head and I gave away double that figure. In fact I gave away a load of books, it was bittersweet… Unfortunately I have no real way of finding where the traffic came from. And who actually took advantage of the offer. I suspect that paying contractors in fiverr was not a great part. Just from the reaction to my facebook posts and the amount of people who shared and liked the post. I won’t rush back to fiverr, the upshot of this is I think to concentrate on ‘Organically’ growing your following.
And just by-the-by for anyone looking to do the same sort of thing, amazon still charge you 0.06 to deliver each ebook(What??) so having a free book offer means you get all the fun of giving your work away and watching your hard earned commision shrink at the same time. Great stuff!!
‘virus ravaged world…’
What else is new? I now find myself in a bit of a conundrum, I was looking through some old writings and I found the first couple of chapters of a book I started many years ago. It was set in a virus ravaged world, and even though I say so myself it was pretty good, and prescient. To the point that I wasn’t sure whether to postpone my latest Alfred Jones and Son, Bros. project and concentrate on this instead. I made a decision and well… the news will be in my latest newsletter.
Current news/ situation, I continue to publicise my book on social media, which with the current lockdown is as good as it gets at the moment. Currently I’m running a competition to give away three signed copies… However the lockdown is easing and my favourite bar here in Spain is going to be the first book signing event, hopefully sometime in July.
Facebook link is at bottom of page if you fancy entering the competition.