So the early results of making two books available for Kindle Unlimited are in: more than twice as many borrows as e-book sales and three times as many e-book sales as print sales. So I’ve decided to experiment with a Kindle Countdown Deal to see what effect that has.
Remember: this is all research, as the two books in question—Desert Flower and Kingdom of the Shades—were
a project that I had expected never to publish until I hunted down the
books, revised them heavily, and decided to use them to test the results
of going Kindle-only for e-books. I’m glad I revived them, because I
had forgotten how much I loved their joint story—and I’m happy with how
the revisions came out. But any amount I earn on them is more than I
thought I’d make, which keeps my expectations suitably low. And if they
attract new readers to my other novels, so much the better.
So here’s the deal. Beginning today and going through 8 AM PST on Monday, December 8, Desert Flower costs 99 cents. From Monday through 4 PM PST on December 12, the price rises to $1.99. After that, it returns to its regular price of $2.99. Kingdom of the Shades will cost 99 cents from 8 AM on Friday, December 12, through Monday, December 15, then go up to $1.99 until Friday, December 19. Then it too returns to $2.99. Closing times for the second promotion are the same as the first.
Apologies to my friends in the UK, the only other Amazon.com marketplace that currently allows Kindle Countdown Deals. Amazon declared the price of the books (set by itself to equal the US dollar price) to be too low by 16p to qualify for a countdown deal. I changed the price to the minimum allowed for such a deal, but then I couldn’t set it up for thirty days. So bear with me, and I will run a countdown deal for you in January. Post-Christmas instead of pre-Christmas, but hey, you need an outlet for all that lovely cash you’ll get for the holidays, right?
So stock up while the price is right. Gift your friends for the holidays. If I get a good response, I’ll try other promotions. And whether you buy these books or not, I do wish you a lovely time preparing for whichever winter celebrations you celebrate.
By the way, the print versions are prettier. They just aren’t on sale. But you can still find them on the Amazon.com sites.