Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amazon Kindle "Best Seller List" Hoopla doodlee doo

There is all this hoopla doodlee doo about the Amazon Free Books on Kindle promos. At least it's a temporary promo in the case of my publishers (Bellebooks/Bell Bridge Books) and Tender Graces - for two weeks only, Tender Graces is offered for free on Kindle, then it goes back to how it has been since it was released: you pay to get it. Secret Graces is not free, since it is a new release, and since, again, this is a Promotional Marketing thing my publishers is doing.

The idea is to get more notice and buzz for small presses, and for their authors. If you have a good book, people will buy it, but if they don't know about it because small presses have small marketing and promo budgets then they can't know to buy it. With the free promo, my book is being introduced to readers who would not have known about it.

Case in point, we received an email from a lovely gentleman who said he reads sci fi and non fiction, but when he saw my book for free and it was No 1 or No 2 at the time, he thought, "why not?" - well, he said he stayed up late into the night reading it - couldn't put it down. Now, that made me feel good. I emailed him back a warm note of thanks. And, he'll buy my next book because he enjoyed TG. This is a reader who never would have picked up my book. If my book had sucked, he'd not buy my next book. If Tender Graces sucks, it will fade into the background unread--no matter if it's free or if it's not free.

The big Hoopla discussion is the term "Best Seller List" - it seems some people are cranky about that. They say that it can’t be a best SELLER if it is free. Okay, fine. Sure sure, I get that. But, I think readers are smart enough to know that this is a promo to get readers interested in an author’s books – it isn’t designed to trick anyone into thinking my book is on a "best seller list"—I mean, geez, as if they could be tricked. Readers aren't stupid!

I wonder- what are the big guys afraid of . . . are they afwaid of wittle ole me? *laughing* My wittle publishers and my wittle book wif it's pink cover? Are dey afwaid? of what? Okay, they aren't afraid of me; why should they be? I'm a small press author who is getting a little bit of attention for my little book in the hopes people will love it and love me and then buy my other books. I'm so low on the blip of the Big Guys radars - so why all the hoopla?

Thing is, The Big Guys out there have the budget to do all manner of things for their authors—I mean, really, come on! You don’t think The Big Guys don’t have all kinds of ways to make sure their authors are noticed? Renting book space in bookstores so their author’s books are placed up front. Shoot, I get that. Dang, I'd be all for it if I were published by The Big Guys. It's all fair play. It's all a part of the Big Game. It's all a part of marketing and promotion. And I'll tell you, it's dog eat dog out there - it's tough - it may be even cutthroat - lawd! lawd! I'm just a little author in a big huge bloated world of books and publishers.....lawd!

In the end, the author’s work has to stand on its own. If my books are not good, it won’t matter if they are free or not. If my books are good, then people will buy them. If having a free promo introduces readers to my books, then what is the harm in that?

I am rather enjoying all the hoopla. *grin* - I mean, the more they discuss it, the more people go by to see what’s up and the more people who may hurry up and download my book to kindle before the promo is over. Then, if they love Virginia Kate, if they love Tender Graces by lil ole relatively unknown Kathyrn Magendie, they may buy the book itself, or, they may go and purchase Secret Graces, and then the next books Bellebooks/Bell Bridge books publishes.

There isn’t a publisher out there who hasn’t done some kind of promo to get an author noticed, so why all the angst about this promo? I wonder if it has nothing to do with the words “Best Seller” and more about the attention this promo is getting for some of us smaller press authors. And of course, on the other side of it, The Big Guys have the right to say what they have to say to protect their authors and to tout their authors, as well. Meanwhile, I'll just sit back and let them all fight it out because I don't wanna get in the middle of the squeeze. I just want to write my books and do my thang. Lil ole me... Teeheehee.

Here’s one of the articles on LA Times - and here's another one on Tampa Bay Online Critics Corner and then here is the Amazon Kindle "Best seller" list - where I have been between No 1 and No 2 (was No 3 and No 5 as well) for a while now for this two week promo, which ends this weekend, I think.


Terri Tiffany said...

I am so excited for you!! and yes, your book did come, took it out of its envelope this am and now I can't wait to read it!

Teresa said...

Buzz is buzz, girlfriend! Take it anyway you can get it! ;-D

I'm so happy for you!


Jessica Nelson said...

Woohoo! I'm not surprised by your ratings. :-) I'm armed today with my list of must-buy books so I'm heading on over to Amazon.
You're right about big pubs, but you're also right that a book needs to stand alone on its own. I've heard so many wonderful things about your story that I think it's going to stand just fine! And, word of mouth takes time to spread. I'm almost positive that the first Harry Potter was pubbed by a small press. John Grisham too.

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds like some lovely hoopla to me!

Eryl Shields said...

Enjoy the hoopla while it lasts, X

Karen said...

Whoo Hooo! That's so wonderful. I tried to go to the Tampa site, but my internet "imp" is acting up. Will try again later. Congrats!

Deb Shucka said...

I just love all the attention you're getting.

Anita said...

I'm so excited for you! Sounds like you are just getting some much deserved buzz! Hope you have a great weekend!

Angie Ledbetter said...

If anybody on this ol' spinning ball deserves some hoopla and whoopla, friend, it is YOU! Congrats and go kick some more arse!

Love ya, miss ya, and let the hoopla continue for da Boopla. LOL!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Patience Renzulli said...

I am sooooooo PROUD of and THRILLED for you!