|Chris Longmuir at the launch of Dead Wood which won the Dundee International Book prize|
I’ve climbed on the bandwagon and enrolled my nonfiction book Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution to the Kindle Countdown Deals promotion.
Now, as you probably know I’m not the best promoter in the world, and I usually leave my books to do their own thing. I don’t make a fortune, but I do reasonably okay. However, I listened to another author speaking about Kindle Countdowns, and with a certain amount of trepidation I decided to try it out.
First I had to find out how it worked, and here is the Amazon link if you want to have a look. The first thing I found out was that your book has to be in KDP Select before you can use this promotional tool, and as I only have one book in KDP Select, and that is my Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, it had to be that one. I prefer a wider distribution for my crime novels so that all ereaders can have access to them. I don’t particularly like restricting my crime novels to Kindle only.
|The book on Kindle Countdown|
The impression I got initially was that I couldn’t have my book on countdown in both the US and the UK at the same time. So, I chose the US. I suppose in a way my choice was a bit perverse, because I’m better known in the UK. But the deed was done, and the book went on Kindle Countdown in the US, with the price starting at $0.99, on Tuesday 8th July, with a staged increase in price until it returns to its normal price of $4.99 on Tuesday 15th July.
However, I soon found out I was wrong about not being able to use more than one Amazon platform, for a countdown deal, and that the book could be on countdown simultaneously in the US and the UK. Apparently all you have to do is set them up as separate deals at the same time, one after the other.
Hugely frustrated I reckoned I had missed the boat in respect of having Kindle Countdown working in tandem in the UK and the US. But, ever the optimist, I went back to the KDP page where countdown deals are set up and I was able to schedule a UK countdown, but it would start belatedly on Thursday the 10th July, 2 days after the commencement of the US countdown. Both countdowns will end on the 15th July when the price will go back to normal.
So, if you want a bargain, hurry, hurry, hurry and buy it on the 2 days it will be $0.99 in the US, and the 5 days it will sell at 99 pence in the UK, but remember to wait until the UK countdown starts on the 10th.
Countdown Deals on Amazon.com
Crime Fiction and the Indie Contibution at Amazon.com
Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution at Amazon.co.uk
Chris Longmuir Author Page