Monday, February 20, 2017

Feeling Frustrated

My book, My Sunny Vampire, is currently on sale for 99 cents (e-book version, that is) during February. When I found out about the sale in early January, I looked into advertising.

Book Bub was too expensive, even if they would have accepted my book. I just couldn’t see a good ROI on that (because frankly, the book has gone on sale for FREE before AND was on Book Bub (via the publisher) and it didn’t do much for sales on the other books).

Other newsletter advertisements (i.e. E-Readers News Today and Fussy Librarian) were all booked up in February for me to even consider. Which probably meant so was Book Bub, but I hadn’t gotten that far to check.

Facebook seemed promising. I was basically boosting a post I had made earlier. Request was rejected. They deemed my cover too suggestive (or something to that nature). I’ve seen them reject covers that showed less skin than mine, so what can I say? Still, I didn’t think showing the back of a guy in an embrace was all that suggestive.

That pretty much left Goodreads. They at least accepted my ad. Unfortunately, it’s not getting seen by that many people. No clicks, either (and I’ve got it up to $1/click hoping it will be seen by more people). The one good thing about that is I can get my money back from them once the ad finishes running this month, basically running what little it ran for free.

The sad thing is, I was told my publisher would do some pushing on social media. If they’re doing that, it’s not happening on Facebook. I haven’t seen anything.

So here is a good book on sale and no one knows about it (or those people who DO know have already read it). It’s kind of frustrating.

In more interesting news… Last month I was talking to my son about movies and he said he wanted to borrow “Air Force One” because he didn’t have it. I went to my DVD case and couldn’t find it. What? I was sure we owned it. Well, Hubby has a birthday coming up (tomorrow, although we celebrated it on Saturday), so I went and got it for him. We watched it last night. You know what? It’s still a great movie! And it’s 20 years old this year. Yikes!

So… Have you ever looked for something you could have sworn you owned, but didn’t? Even my daughter thought she owned “Air Force One.” We must have just owned the VHS version before and never replaced it. It’s the only explanation I can think of!

Happy Monday!



B.E. Sanderson said...

Yeah, advertising. It's hit or miss. And there's the planning ahead thing, which I suck at. ENT's great if you can get in there. Never tried BookBub or Goodreads ads. Facebook's never done me much good. Robin Reads was pretty good, but that can't help you now. BargainBooksy might still have ad space for this week and I've gotten some sales off there. I ran a sale last week and had two ads go up - at Reading Deals and Booktastik -for my first book, but the sales were meh. I can't tell if that's because the book is 2 years old or because the sites weren't that suited to suspense. Like I said, hit or miss. Sorry your sale this month was more miss than hit. :hugs:

JeffO said...

I lose or misplace stuff all the time, usually tools. Most recently, I couldn't find a pair of wire cutters/strippers, though I know I have it. Verey frustrating. Hope things work out with your ad and sale!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Beth - Planning ahead--that doesn't work for us procrastinators too well, does it? Hahahahaha! :)

Jeff - Can't say this movie was misplaced. If it's not near the TV, then we can only assume someone took it or we just never owned the DVD. But I thought it was funny that we all thought we had owned the movie only to find out we didn't. :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I feel your pain

Maria Zannini said...

Consider the season too. Are people ready to look at advertising?

We're just now getting out of the winter doldrums. I think you might have better luck in April when people are actively looking for something new.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Mac - I think a LOT of people are feeling this pain.

Maria - I doubt people are ever ready to look at advertising, but I wasn't the one who put my book on sale now.

LD Masterson said...

Sorry for your advertising frustrations. I wish I had something helpful thought to offer.

I've definitely run into the "didn't we used to own this?" problem. For some things, I'm pretty sure the item in question is floating around the family somewhere, having exchanged hands so many times no one remembers where it started. But you're spot on when it comes to movies. A lot of the ones I remember owning went away with the VCR and were never replaced with a DVD.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - When the kids moved out, they took their DVDs (although I could have sworn some of them were ours). That's what I thought had originally happened--one of them took it when they moved out. But seeing as neither one of them own the movie... Yeah, it was probably on VHS and we never bothered to replace it. Until now. :)