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Howdy everyone! ;D
I've taken heart to some of the posts I read here on Kboards from C. Gockel (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,230033.0.html) and others (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,233287.0.html) that showed how it's possible to make the USA TODAY Bestseller's List with an excellent promotional plan. Since others have shared their runs, win or lose, I thought I'd share mine. The promo run begins today Monday, April 25 and will end May 1st. However, I'm keeping my book discounted until May 8th to count up residual sales on the second week.

Here is my promotional schedule this week:


NOTES:
  • I am still working on the FB ads. I have 2 actively running right now and I plan to make a few more today. 1 is going to a landing page (https://www.tagrey.com/pages/BEL/bundle.php) on my website, the other to B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bellum-sisters-book-bundle-t-a-grey/1114502570?ean=2940016367651). I plan to have the new ads go to B&N, since I read you have to push hard there - 500 min sales.
  • The only ads I couldn't get because the dates were booked were RobinReads and BookGorilla
  • Sorry about my linking. I don't seem to know how to do it properly in this forum. Can't you highlight text and just hyperlink it?
  • I discounted the bundle down to $.99 last Thursday and on Amazon I'd already sold over 100 copies and maybe 10 on Nook.

If this post is of any interest, then I'll post updates on my sales and rank once every day this week to track my progress.

The title I'm selling is a 4-book bundle of one of my most popular and well-rated series: The Bellum Sisters. It's a paranormal erotic romance where some spell-casting, kind-of-ridiculous succubus sisters are "given" into the Protection of some unique men [the vampire commander, the alpha shapeshifter, the demon warlord, and the cursed demon king]. Hilarity, action, and romance ensues (and yes, hot sex too). Normally the price sits between $7.99 and $10.99 so this is quite a deal.

I'll be keeping a close eye on my sales over the course of the week. Even if I don't make the USA Today I hope I can at least earn my ROI!

Sales and Rank Tracking:
Monday, April 25th
Amazon
sales - 292 || Book Rank -
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#63 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
#63 in Books > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
#63 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils
** Interesting to see that I've sold 369 free books of which I've done zero advertising.

Barnes & Noble
sales - 32 || Rank - 457
**Interesting to see how fewer books have resulted in a significant sales jump. Prior to this I was in the #44,000 range.

That's all for now. If this gains traction I'll be sure to post updates. In the meantime, I'm nail-biting and just hoping for my ROI. Also there's a significant playoff game to watch tonight. I'm from STL so let's just say...I expect the Hawks to win. :p
 

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Ooh, good luck :D Can I ask a few questions?

How much have you spent/budgeted for ads for this?
Which genre is Bookbub advertising you under?
Are you emailing your mailing list as part of this promotion, and how big is it?
 

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Good luck!

Demelza got there first; I was going to ask what BookBub category you're in - that can make or break a USATODAY run.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
 

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Best of luck. I always get excited to see these posts. You guys are so brave!!!!

May I ask, what are the requirements as to sales outside of Amazon to qualify for a run? I tried to search for that info on the internet but couldn't find any

Anyway, good luck!!!
 

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AYClaudy said:
Looks like you have a good line up and the deal on the box set is great!!! Good Luck this week!
Thank you so much! My fingers are crossed so hard, I think I'm losing circulation. On a positive note: the Blues won and eliminated the playoffs!

dmburnett said:
Good luck!
Thank you! I need it for sure!

AlexaKang said:
Best of luck. I always get excited to see these posts. You guys are so brave!!!!

May I ask, what are the requirements as to sales outside of Amazon to qualify for a run? I tried to search for that info on the internet but couldn't find any
From what I read on Kboards you need at least 2 book sellers which report sales to USA Today. One of those is Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Amazon is already the largest market for books so that's an easier sell. It's trying to get at least 500 B&N sales that matters. I am curious if iTunes counts, I don't know! If you don't get 500 at B&N in a week's time, they don't report your sales.

D-C said:
Demelza got there first; I was going to ask what BookBub category you're in - that can make or break a USATODAY run.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
I am in the paranormal romance category. I don't know if that's good or bad... Your post was such an inspiration. Thank you for writing it.

Demelza Carlton said:
How much have you spent/budgeted for ads for this?
Which genre is Bookbub advertising you under?
Are you emailing your mailing list as part of this promotion, and how big is it?
1. I haven't added it up yet. But I've spent around 2,500.
2. Genre is paranormal romance.
3. I am sending out newsletters to my mailing list. I should get a few sales there. List has 1,800+ members.

dmburnett said:
Good luck!
Thank you so much!

J.J. Fitch said:
Thank you! I need it for sure! ;D
Good luck!! I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines ;D
Edited to ad:
Tuesday's sales
Amazon - 593 || Rank - Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#24 in Books > Romance > Fantasy
#25 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Fantasy
#31 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils

Barnes & Noble - 19 (so far) || Rank - 156

Excited to see what happens after my Bookbub hits on Thursday!
 

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Good luck! :)
 

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Good luck! (As an aside, I clicked on the link that took me to the landing page on your blog - then selected Amazon, but the link didn't work. It just took me to Amazon.com - not to your product page. So you might want to check that?)
 

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This is a phenomenal idea. I've been away from KB for a while and I haven't seen this idea. I am watching this article like a hawk, now though. I'm very interested to see how your sales go.

GOOD LUCK!!!! Praying and wishing the best for you.
 

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Good luck! (As an aside, I clicked on the link that took me to the landing page on your blog - then selected Amazon, but the link didn't work. It just took me to Amazon.com - not to your product page. So you might want to check that?)
Wow, thank you for letting me know. This is a big boo boo. Gotta go get my husband to fix it!
 

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Maysage said:
Amazing line up. Good luck!!
jhanel said:
This is a phenomenal idea. I've been away from KB for a while and I haven't seen this idea. I am watching this article like a hawk, now though. I'm very interested to see how your sales go.

GOOD LUCK!!!! Praying and wishing the best for you.
Thank you so much!

SALES TALLY SO FAR:

Amazon total: 578 *With a note that I have some "delayed sales"
Rank: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#26 in Books > Romance > Fantasy
#27 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Fantasy
#34 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils
Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Barnes and Noble:
Total sales since Monday: ~200 B&N sales
rank: 142

I am very happy that I've been moving so many Nook sales. Amazon has been disappointing. I feel like I'm not getting nearly enough... Bookbub ad runs tomorrow. I usually average around 1,400 sales, so not much. But with this being a discounted bundle, I am hoping to see significant results. *fingers crossed* Also, LGB!
 

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I saw it on Bookbub today 😍 I would have bought it but I think I've had it since 2014 (and I bought it for over £6) and I'm in UK anyway 😂 I really hope you get a nice bump from there, I definitely think your books deserve it 😘
 
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