Really helpful Beverley - thank you!
How many months in advance did you set up pre-order Marie? I see trade pub up at least 9 months prior and I'm wondering if Amazon allows big Indies that option as well.MarieForce said:Another benefit to preorders that no one has mentioned is the smooth release, meaning the book is actually available when you say it's going to be and there's no waiting for it to go live on your release day. That may not matter to some, but it does make things less chaotic on release day if you've got readers anticipating your new release.
I want to echo what someone else said--preorders do make a difference for making the NYT and USA Today lists. Three of my self-published new releases hit the NYT ebook list in the top 10 this year, and they are the only three in which I've had preorders at Amazon. So it's not a coincidence that they were the ones that hit the lists.
good point, thanks!MarieForce said:I could've done it any time I wanted to, but I did it about six weeks in advance. As soon as I hit the 3/4 mark in the book. I've learned to not add to my stress level by doing preorders too soon. Why should I give myself the same stress with my indie books that I have with my traditional books/deadlines?