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Further pondering of the results of going wide
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:50:18 PM »
I pulled my Black Douglas Trilogy out of KU and went wide with it in mid-October. As I posted earlier, I have seen no increase in sales, so that answer one question, I believe. KU was not cannibalizing sales, which is very difficult to tell while you're in. I expected it to take a while to start seeing sales wide. I made the first novel in the trilogy 'perma-free' although it's not my favorite strategy in the world. I have done some advertising all along, a few BB ads (as opposed to promos) and a few ads elsewhere.

On Wednesday I ran a BB promo on the first novel. It had about 16k downloads on Amazon, about 8k total on Apple & B&N and no idea on Kobo since their reporting on free downloads seems to be broken. That day I had 5 sales on B&N, 3 on Apple, and 12 on Kobo - almost all in Canada. On Amazon I had 84 sales of the other novels in the trilogy. So at the end of the day the promo had nearly paid for itself and any tail will mostly be RoI, but looking at the comparison of results of a BB promo are very concerning.

Frankly, I like having the novels wide, but I also have a mortgage payment to meet every month, etc. There is no way that sales on that level is making up for the KU read income. I'm not putting them back in KU any time soon, certainly not for a few months, but... Unless this promo does something I haven't seen yet, that looks inevitable. I was planning on putting my one stand alone novel wide later this month when it ages out of KU. At the moment, I don't see much point.

So... for what it's worth, that's what I'm seeing. Of course, it is only one person's experience in one genre.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 08:31:16 PM »
Thanks so much for sharing this, although I'm sorry you didn't get the results you were hoping for. :)

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 08:42:51 PM »
Thanks for sharing, JR. I prepared for excitement when you mentioned 8K downloads on Apple, but three follow-up sales is about as deflating as it gets. :( Hopefully that'll pick up in the coming days and weeks.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 08:49:38 PM »
My wording was a bit off. That was the total of downloads at both B&N and Apple. I was trying to keep it brief and instead kept it confusing. But. yeah, I keep hoping that reporting is slow or something. Sales that low are discouraging. 8 sales for 8k downloads is hardly a wonderful result. There is still time for it to turn around, but at this point, you can imagine I'm not counting on it.

I am not going to jump the gun and go back into KU before I give it at least a few more months however.
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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 08:56:01 PM »
I pulled my Black Douglas Trilogy out of KU and went wide with it in mid-October. As I posted earlier, I have seen no increase in sales, so that answer one question, I believe. KU was not cannibalizing sales, which is very difficult to tell while you're in. I expected it to take a while to start seeing sales wide. I made the first novel in the trilogy 'perma-free' although it's not my favorite strategy in the world. I have done some advertising all along, a few BB ads (as opposed to promos) and a few ads elsewhere.

On Wednesday I ran a BB promo on the first novel. It had about 16k downloads on Amazon, about 8k total on Apple & B&N and no idea on Kobo since their reporting on free downloads seems to be broken. That day I had 5 sales on B&N, 3 on Apple, and 12 on Kobo - almost all in Canada. On Amazon I had 84 sales of the other novels in the trilogy. So at the end of the day the promo had nearly paid for itself and any tail will mostly be RoI, but looking at the comparison of results of a BB promo are very concerning.

Frankly, I like having the novels wide, but I also have a mortgage payment to meet every month, etc. There is no way that sales on that level is making up for the KU read income. I'm not putting them back in KU any time soon, certainly not for a few months, but... Unless this promo does something I haven't seen yet, that looks inevitable. I was planning on putting my one stand alone novel wide later this month when it ages out of KU. At the moment, I don't see much point.

So... for what it's worth, that's what I'm seeing. Of course, it is only one person's experience in one genre.

Thanks very much for sharing your experience. I, too, went wide with a couple of my series for nearly 7 months last year only to see abysmal results. The sales I was getting across all non-Amazon platforms in those 7 months didn't even equal a month in KU via page reads. And you had a Bookbub. I can't get a Bookbub to save my life.

Yeah, I'd love to be wide as well, but like you, I have bills to pay. I don't care how many times the usual suspects pop up into the KU threads with their tongue-wagging emoticons to declare "Nyah nyah nyah" when something bad happens in KU. All I know is that I haven't made less than six figures a year in all the time I've been all-in with Select through its various iterations.

I wish I could have gone wide years ago and built up a following in the other platforms, but alas, I wasn't bright enough to do that and frankly, I think it's too late. Maybe a Bookbub would help, but BB doesn't seem interested in any of my books. I read in another thread where an author casually dropped that she's already had 3 Bookbubs ALREADY this year and I just want to bang my head into my keyboard.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 09:09:29 PM »
I have always been luckier than most with BB promotions. I am a bit dismayed at what I have seen with this one. I honestly thought BB would probably turn things around. I suppose it still could happen but it isn't looking good.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 09:16:37 PM »
8K at B&N and Apple combined sounds great to me. If there's no significant sell-through from that ... well, that's rotten. :(

Do you have the book up at Google? Perhaps oddly, that's been my second-best platform.

Looks like the book's holding free rank well at Amazon. There's that, at least.

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 09:32:31 PM »
If you're wide, get on all channels you can. Write to Google Play and/or access them via an aggregator, otherwise you're leaving money on the table.

You should see some sales off your downloads soon. My permafrees generally yield 4-10% sell-through for the next book but it takes a few days to start seeing them show up, as most people will finish their current book (or series) before starting another one.





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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2018, 09:34:09 PM »
I pulled my Black Douglas Trilogy out of KU and went wide with it in mid-October. As I posted earlier, I have seen no increase in sales, so that answer one question, I believe. KU was not cannibalizing sales, which is very difficult to tell while you're in. I expected it to take a while to start seeing sales wide. I made the first novel in the trilogy 'perma-free' although it's not my favorite strategy in the world. I have done some advertising all along, a few BB ads (as opposed to promos) and a few ads elsewhere.

On Wednesday I ran a BB promo on the first novel. It had about 16k downloads on Amazon, about 8k total on Apple & B&N and no idea on Kobo since their reporting on free downloads seems to be broken. That day I had 5 sales on B&N, 3 on Apple, and 12 on Kobo - almost all in Canada. On Amazon I had 84 sales of the other novels in the trilogy. So at the end of the day the promo had nearly paid for itself and any tail will mostly be RoI, but looking at the comparison of results of a BB promo are very concerning.

Frankly, I like having the novels wide, but I also have a mortgage payment to meet every month, etc. There is no way that sales on that level is making up for the KU read income. I'm not putting them back in KU any time soon, certainly not for a few months, but... Unless this promo does something I haven't seen yet, that looks inevitable. I was planning on putting my one stand alone novel wide later this month when it ages out of KU. At the moment, I don't see much point.

So... for what it's worth, that's what I'm seeing. Of course, it is only one person's experience in one genre.

If I'm reading this right, the BB was the first in a series for free and got a bunch of DLs? I'm interested to see how things progress over the next few weeks for you as people finish reading the free book and want to move on to the rest of the series. I hope you start seeing those sales jump like crazy!

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 10:10:02 PM »
You won't see any tongue-wagging here (not about this subject at least).

If going wide was easy, everyone would be doing it. It's hard work. It's a lifestyle rather than a method, and Joanna Penn is right in saying that KU vs wide cuts a deep, deep dichotomy through the self-publishing world.

Before you consider what you write, who your audience is etc. comes the question KU vs wide. Because the audiences may over lap some, but not as much as you'd think.

Wide requires a completely different approach.

I started out wide and was lucky in retrospect that I couldn't sell in KU to save my life. I'll be trying again soon, because you you should always try everything multiple times.

I built an audience that was wide (through default, I couldn't sell in KU and haven't been in KU for over 3 years). I built a strong mailing list. I used services that were likely to get me readers who don't have KU. I advertise on Facebook for subscribers in non-KU-dominated countries.

I've done these things for 3 years. I've been very very lucky with Bookbub and have snatched 13 of them. But, as noted, Bookbub is strongest in the US and for Amazon. They are working on the other platforms, but a Bookbub gives you disproportionately a bigger kick on Amazon. You tend to lose that spike much more quickly on Amazon, too.

Because of the Bookbubs, my Amazon percentage of sales is 41%. This is quite high for me. Amazon US is 26% of my sales.

If you're in KU wondering if you can get a kickstart by going wide, consider these metrics:
- what percentage of your sales are on Amazon US?
- How big is your mailing list and have you done any listbuilding that does not involve people signing up from the back of your book?

If like 80% of your Amazon sales are in the US and you have a list that's from back-of-book signups only, you are very likely to have a much harder time out of KU that someone who has done some Instafreebie/giveaways and whose sales are not so heavily skewed towards the US.

If you plan to go wide, want to make it part of your lifestyle, or have just uploaded your books to other stores and are waiting in trepidation, I'd say a good place to start building an audience is a permafree in combination with some joint author promo giveaways to collect subscribers (aka "your potential wide audience").

On Kobo, make sure you go direct and register for their monthly promos regardless of previous results. When you first start doing these, you're likely to have more duds than hits, but eventually you'll start to get things rolling. Don't make books permafree on Kobo. They become 100% invisible.

Also make box sets of your entire series, sell them for a higher price and don't put them on Amazon.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 11:04:28 PM »
Actually, J.R., I think you're an ideal candidate for going wide.

Your novels are historical fiction, i.e. not a typical KU genre, and their appeal definitely extends beyond the US. But as Patty said, going wide takes some patience and effort.

I've always been wide and Amazon.com only makes up about 23.5% of my total sales now. My biggest Amazon market is actually Amazon Germany, which makes up 36.6% of my total sales. But in general, I get a large spread of sales at the smaller retailers.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2018, 11:26:32 PM »
So Kobo doesn't have a cow if your book is permafree everywhere but there?

On Kobo, make sure you go direct and register for their monthly promos regardless of previous results. When you first start doing these, you're likely to have more duds than hits, but eventually you'll start to get things rolling. Don't make books permafree on Kobo. They become 100% invisible.

Also make box sets of your entire series, sell them for a higher price and don't put them on Amazon.
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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2018, 11:32:10 PM »
So Kobo doesn't have a cow if your book is permafree everywhere but there?


That ridiculous checking, pricematching behaviour is native to Amazon. The other sites don't care. Apple forces prices to end in .99 which means that they may be more expensive. Google Play routinely discounts by 30%, so you really want to hoik up your prices there.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 12:54:10 AM »
That ridiculous checking, pricematching behaviour is native to Amazon. The other sites don't care.

Actually, I seem to remember that B&N says you can't price a book higher there than anywhere else, although I might have got that wrong.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2018, 01:02:23 AM »
My wording was a bit off. That was the total of downloads at both B&N and Apple. I was trying to keep it brief and instead kept it confusing. But. yeah, I keep hoping that reporting is slow or something. Sales that low are discouraging. 8 sales for 8k downloads is hardly a wonderful result. There is still time for it to turn around, but at this point, you can imagine I'm not counting on it.

I am not going to jump the gun and go back into KU before I give it at least a few more months however.

I went wide last year with my novels and never had any success, even with a strong ad via Barnes & Noble. I have moved all my novels back to KU.


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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 01:02:57 AM »
Actually, I seem to remember that B&N says you can't price a book higher there than anywhere else, although I might have got that wrong.

B&N price matched us this year while we were trying to get the discounts off. Its a bit crazy because Amazon can be slow, which sends the platforms into a loop where they price matched one another. Ended up having to write to both asking them to cut it out.

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2018, 05:49:07 AM »
I don't think I've ever sold a single copy of anything on Kobo, even my most non-U.S.-centric book. It's a dead zone for me.

The other stores at least responded to a BB CPC ad with a few sales, but not Kobo.




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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2018, 05:55:55 AM »
I don't think I've ever sold a single copy of anything on Kobo, even my most non-U.S.-centric book. It's a dead zone for me.

The other stores at least responded to a BB CPC ad with a few sales, but not Kobo.

I barely sell anything on Kobo, but you made me look and I sold one book today. Booyah! Thats a whole $4 Ive got to spend.

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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2018, 06:08:46 AM »
OP, it couldn't hurt to buy Patty's Going Wide Unboxed.

It's $0.99, which is kinda surreal. And it's short; you can read it in an hour.
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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2018, 06:34:17 AM »
Actually, I seem to remember that B&N says you can't price a book higher there than anywhere else, although I might have got that wrong.
I think many of the other booksellers have rules similar to Amazon's in that regard. They just don't enforce them in the way Amazon does.


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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2018, 07:28:35 AM »
I've been in KU for my last two free BBs and the difference is very measurable, and I'm speaking just of Amazon sales per download.

KU people borrow the book even when it's free so my paid rank was way higher when I came out of the free days than when I went in.

But now it's been over a year since I had a BB, and it seems to me they're running fewer and fewer Amazon-exclusive books. So it's kind of a catch-22.

What's pushing more toward going wide right now is Amazon's way of handling things. For instance, the nonsensical contrivance of not telling us what the KU payment will be until well after the month is out.

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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2018, 07:39:50 AM »
Speaking of sell-through after a free promo... I think people on here put way too much emphasis on immediate sell-through. Personally, as a reader, I might grab a free (or 99-cent) book when it's on sale and then not read it for a long time, but that doesn't mean that there's no sell-through once I do get around to reading it. As a tradpub example, I grabbed "Monster Hunter International" when Audible had it on sale once, didn't get around to listening to it for like a year or more, and then once I did, soon bought everything that author ever published. I know this sort of delayed sell-through isn't measurable to the author/publisher, especially if the reader ends up buying them through a different store later, but when I see people talk about the efficacy of sales, I feel like the fact that sell-through often doesn't happen immediately is totally missed. Instant results are not the only results.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2018, 07:48:42 AM »
Instant results are not the only results.

I've done no promos (literally nothing, no ams or anything) since my last BB in october and am still seeing a tail. I think the more intellectual the book, the more people wait to read it until they are in the mood. A glowing hands book will get read very fast because those readers don't wait to be in a "mood", they are consuming that stuff daily.

OPs books seem like the type of thing you'll read when you're in the mood for historical fiction. So he'll probably see a more shallow, yet longer, tail.

Also, it's been widely reported that when zon is down the other retailers will be up. Never made any sense to me, but I do find that tends to happen. If zon goes dry for me, kobo and itunes tend to pick up and vice versa.

So you need at least a month to assess what the sell-through picture really is. 

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2018, 08:10:56 AM »
Just wanted to add my thanks for sharing your experience and sorry that it's not been a better one so far. 

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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2018, 10:20:07 AM »
If you're wide, get on all channels you can. Write to Google Play and/or access them via an aggregator, otherwise you're leaving money on the table.

You should see some sales off your downloads soon. My permafrees generally yield 4-10% sell-through for the next book but it takes a few days to start seeing them show up, as most people will finish their current book (or series) before starting another one.




I could be just spoiled. On Amazon I start seeing substantial sell through on the day of the promotion.


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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2018, 10:24:00 AM »
I don't think I've ever sold a single copy of anything on Kobo, even my most non-U.S.-centric book. It's a dead zone for me.

The other stores at least responded to a BB CPC ad with a few sales, but not Kobo.




While the one place I have seen at least a few sales is Kobo, particularly in Canada.

I never expected going wide to be quick or easy, but I must admit that I expected after six months to have started seeing more results than this. Financially, it is kicking my ass hard. That trilogy has always been a steady income producer. Unlike some genres, a good HF novel can sell steadily for decades.

I feel committed to keeping that trilogy wide for the rest of the year, if nothing else so people who downloaded the free first novel can buy the rest. Jerking them now would not be nice. And I think I will go ahead and put Freedom's Sword wide. Often people do like to see a number of novels from an author. It seems to give more confidence.

I realise that immediate results aren't the only thing to consider. Perhaps Amazon is a bit of an anomaly in so much of the results being immediate, so I'll try being patient.  ;)

ETA: And whoever pointed out that the novel isn't exactly 'light reading' was right. People might wait until they are in the mood.
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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2018, 12:18:28 PM »
It's so weird how somethings do great right out the gate wide. My Archangel series started selling the day I put it out there without advertising or anything. I was shocked ... and my income for the series doubled overnight. Then I got a BookBub.

I just released Soul Marked "into the wide" and got ... crickets. Since it's tied to my I Bring the Fire series I'm sure the sales will come ... eventually. And it wasn't doing so well in Kindle Unlimited either, so I didn't lose much. Still, it's disappointing. My big hope is that I might get a BookBub on it in a few months time. It has great reviews and being wide does help generate BookBubs.


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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2018, 03:22:39 AM »
Going wide with another novel is a good move. Releasing regularly improves discoverability. It took me well over a year to gain a bit of traction wide, though that's without BBs or ad campaigns. I've done it for the security of multiple income sources. I prefer being wide for fairness to readers in a much wider range of countries, as well. I knew going in that it's a long road.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2018, 05:37:53 AM »
I'm going to be that guy.

Honestly, I think your results are typical, JR. Wide is brutal, especially to those going into it now. There's still a major discoverability issue on the other platforms, and no amount of Bookbubs will fix that. Have you seen the iBooks and Kobo stores? Categories are extremely limited, and the bestseller lists don't work. In Apple's case, that whole store is run on emotion and personal taste.

Most will have a tough time out there and will be forced back into KU, thereby illustrating that exclusivity is less a choice than a necessity, if they intend to make money.

That said, your books, as someone else said, are more likely than most to appeal to a wide audience. If you're not on there already, I would seriously consider contacting Google Play and getting an invitation. There's a healthy international audience just waiting for your type of books. It's going to take patience. Wide readers don't discover books the way Amazon readers do. There are far more barriers. But once they know you're there, you'll start to see consistent sales without the need to release new material at the speed of sound.

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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2018, 08:21:01 AM »
I too have had zero luck taking newer stuff wide. All my old stuff is already wide, since it was published before KU and my initial experimentation with it didn't work for that stuff. It's all old and off market, and it never did well anyway, anywhere.

My big plan with my UF was to launch in KU, wait until sales died down, go wide, get Bookbubs, have stable backlist income, launch front list in KU and live happily ever after.

But Bookbub doesn't like UF (WHERE IS THE UF CATEGORY, BOOKBUB?) and will never take it, and bookbub is not what it used to be, anyway, and every time I go wide, I lose the income I'm getting on whatever series in KU, and so... well, anyway, thus far, it hasn't worked so well. But I really want to be wide with backlist. Really, really, really. Grr.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2018, 11:38:58 AM »
I'm going to be that guy.

Honestly, I think your results are typical, JR. Wide is brutal, especially to those going into it now. There's still a major discoverability issue on the other platforms, and no amount of Bookbubs will fix that. Have you seen the iBooks and Kobo stores? Categories are extremely limited, and the bestseller lists don't work. In Apple's case, that whole store is run on emotion and personal taste.

Most will have a tough time out there and will be forced back into KU, thereby illustrating that exclusivity is less a choice than a necessity, if they intend to make money.

That said, your books, as someone else said, are more likely than most to appeal to a wide audience. If you're not on there already, I would seriously consider contacting Google Play and getting an invitation. There's a healthy international audience just waiting for your type of books. It's going to take patience. Wide readers don't discover books the way Amazon readers do. There are far more barriers. But once they know you're there, you'll start to see consistent sales without the need to release new material at the speed of sound.
How do you go about getting an invitation to Google Play? I didn't realise that was even possible.

I would very much like to stay wide, but ... money. Yep it is tough. At the moment going back into KU is not a necessity but in three or so months I'm going to have to seriously consider it. Since this BB has picked up my Amazon sales and I have a new novel out in a series that is in KU next month, that may make it possible for me to hang on a little bit longer than that I suppose.

Freedom's Sword drops out of KU in about a week, so I think I will add that wide. It is closely related to the trilogy although not actually part of it, so it would be a natural to appeal to anyone who reads that.

ETA: I did a search and found where Google Play is accepting requests to maybe be considered and sent one. I don't know how realistic the possibility is but it can't hurt to ask.
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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2018, 11:49:23 AM »
How do you go about getting an invitation to Google Play? I didn't realise that was even possible.

I would very much like to stay wide, but ... money. Yep it is tough. At the moment going back into KU is not a necessity but in three or so months I'm going to have to seriously consider it. Since this BB has picked up my Amazon sales and I have a new novel out in a series that is in KU next month, that may make it possible for me to hang on a little bit longer than that I suppose.

Freedom's Sword drops out of KU in about a week, so I think I will add that wide. It is closely related to the trilogy although not actually part of it, so it would be a natural to appeal to anyone who reads that.

ETA: I did a search and found where Google Play is accepting requests to maybe be considered and sent one. I don't know how realistic the possibility is but it can't hurt to ask.

A couple of months ago, I sent a request out of curiosity and got an invitation about 2 weeks later, so I'm pretty sure they're still sending them.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2018, 11:57:18 AM »
Thanks! I had no clue they'd started letting people in again.

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2018, 02:54:14 PM »
Yeah Google is probably my #2 non-Amazon retailer now, after Apple. Definitely worth doing even with its quirks.
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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2018, 02:59:35 PM »
I feel as though if I ever get any number of sales on Apple it will be a miracle, so it's encouraging that you're doing well there. Their store is suckalicious which, from Apple, has to be deliberate.

I'll cross my fingers about Google. 

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Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2018, 12:24:35 PM »
To give a better idea of how this BB wide promotion has worked for me, the promotion was on the 11th. My latest report, starting on the 11th through today, is that my sales for the trilogy have totalled $475 on Amazon, and around $50 each on B&N, iApple, and Kobo. Kobo started out well ahead but the others have gradually caught up.

If that isn't thought provoking, I don't know what would be. I am at a loss, as I always have been, how else to advertise to readers wide. No, they aren't on my mailing list. Why would they be although I never depended on back of the book links for my list, but it would be odd for people who didn't buy from Amazon to ask to be on an Amazon exclusive list.

I have zero advice for KU people interested in going wide. So far, I would have to mark my efforts as a 'fail' although, as has been pointed out, I write a genre that is probably nearly ideal for a wide audience.
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