For me to gain control of the Amazon marketing of The Traveling Man, Bookbaby has to stop distribution. I then upload The Traveling Man at Amazon myself, which means that Amazon treats it as a new book and gives it a new link. I lose my old link and Amazon ranking. In theory, I keep my reviews because the books are identical. Then I’ll have to go to all the social media places where I’ve placed my Amazon link and change it to the new one or potential readers won’t be able to find me. Yeah, I know, it’s like I’m starting over.
You can be sure that I won’t make this mistake again. Marketing control is absolutely essential to making sales. Changing the link at Facebook and Twitter won’t be difficult, but there are a lot of Pinterest pins that I’ll need to change. Plus, I’m at a Pinterest standstill until I complete this transition because I don’t want to create pins that I’ll just have to change. And this doesn’t even include changing links at all the promotion sites I’m listed at or asking reviewers to change the link in The Traveling Man review on their blog.
There couldn’t be a worse time of the year for solving this problem. But waiting won’t help. Not having marketing control is crushing my sales, so I’ve just got to go for it. (Right now, I can’t even see how my sales are going because I have to wait 90 days for Amazon to pay me to see what my sales were. Currently, I’m waiting to find out how I did in September. I’m guesstimating the size of my problem by comparing click through rates vs. actual sales vs. my Amazon bestseller ranking for a particular time period.) I still hope to be all switched over before January, when folks start spending their Amazon gift certificates and new Kindle owners start buying eBooks.
On the up side, traffic has increased on my social media sites, particularly on my Facebook writer page and at my website. Thanks to all my friends for their support!
As per usual, if you read The Traveling Man, I would appreciate your honest review at the place where you bought it (Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, etc.). Just scroll down to the customer review area. Doesn’t have to be an essay; eight to ten words would do the trick. (Of course, I wouldn’t turn an essay down if you had it in you.) Just looking for your honest opinion. Take a look at what others have written and you’ll get the idea.
That’s all for now. Any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.