Went to Bed Happy Because I Screwed Up

Red Clay and Roses

Sometimes I go to bed happy just because I screwed. This time I screwed up.

It’s not the meds or the bipolar. Allow me to explain.

I am a little more than annoyed with myself. I screwed up a Memorial Day promo. I had a promo scheduled for Memorial Day weekend for Red Clay and Roses priced at 99 cents through ENT.

It would have been a great promo with everybody having a three and four day weekend. Lots of book shopping and reading time. But I screwed it up. I didn’t change the price. I still had it at $3.99.

This is what they wrote me back when I asked why there was nothing happening with the book. “Nothing is happening because we didn’t post your book on Saturday. It was at the regular price, and as of today, still is at the regular price.”

So they didn’t list me. My fault. My bad.

I wrote them two letters of apology and asked them to reschedule. Never heard a word. Changed the price download (1)to 99 cents and still never heard a word.

Waited. Nothing.

Then books started moving of their own accord. With no promo.  About half as many as I moved through my last promo over two days. It broke ten thousand in one day.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) and went back onto three category listings.

I haven’t advertised this anywhere. Not my blog. Not Facebook. Nowhere.

Just so you know. I have changed it to 99 cents. HAPPY Belated MEMORIAL DAY!

I may just leave it at 99 cents. I haven’t decided yet. It’s a debut novel.

I have to PAY for promos. I’m sure it’s gotten exposure. But is it necessary every time you do a sale?

Should I ever reset to $3.99? What do you think? I only sold 4 books in May at $3.99. I sold 104 at 99 cents in one day!

If I do reset to $3.99 again, I am also thinking seriously about leaving it on Amazon and pulling it from other platforms through smashwords as it primarily sales though Amazon and I can’t list it in Countdowns not being Select.

15 thoughts on “Went to Bed Happy Because I Screwed Up

    • I am wondering what to do. I am going to promote the sale on Facebook. I feel I would be cheating others not to raise the price back up. But I dunno.

      I thought it was a fallen soldier, and just wasn’t going to sale without a promo like ENT or something. Now I am thinking it is a debut novel. maybe I should just keep it at 99 cents and advertise it as a price change. What do you think?

      • Not sure. 99 cents would definitely help it and you’ll gather more sales from the curious and cash-strapped. It’s your choice if you want to keep it there though.

        I don’t follow you on the cheating others thing though. Not sure what you mean.

          • I wouldn’t worry about it. Products drop in price all the time as well as go on sale. The only way to avoid that is to never change the price and then you’ll alienate those who think it’s too expensive to take a risk on. All you can do is what you feel is right.

  1. Congrats on the sales!

    I guess maybe up the price and see how it goes? You could always put the price down again later if you wish it. Pricing is such a tricky thing to get right 😀

    • I am thinking I will leave it at 99 cents until it tapers off with no promo. Then promo at 99 cents on Facebook and see what happens. if it moves books. Great op to test that. Then reset to $3.99 after that runs its course. That way people who bought during sale don’t feel cheated. Eventually, I may have to reduce price though. It just does not sale at $3.99

    • I am pretty confounded by it. I don’t know if Amazon has a particular page they promote 99 cent or bargain priced books. Could be some group is doing a book club read, and was watching for it to go on sale. It pretty much stopped today. Only sold three more.

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