Wednesday, November 17, 2010

E-Book Success (for me anyway)


Tis the season to be thankful, so...

The Kindle E-Book Heroes of the Fallen has been randomly leaping into the 30,000th spot ranking on Amazon. 30K may not seem that great until you take into account that there are 700,000 e-books on Amazon.

Yeah, so now I don't feel quite so shabby.

Funny thing is, I sincerely doubt that most of my target demographic use a Kindle, IPad, etc. I estimate 10% at best-but that's admittedly a baseless guess. I honestly have no idea.

When it comes to marketing on behalf of an E-Book I am still lost, personally I am more likely to be stoked about a rare find in a used book store than I am about the latest technology-must be the literary barbarian in me.

But as a friend of mine likes to say, 'its all about delivering a story, its not the medium that counts'.

As for E-Book success, seems I am running on good old word of mouth and/or the friends that never bought the hardback.
Either way, lets keep it up shall we?
I have kids to feed.

18 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad to hear it's still selling well. I know a lot of folks who didn't get Killing trail because the didn't have a kindle but I can hope that market will continue to expand.

David J. West said...

Charles-I still want to read "Killing Trail" and I am sure I will-not having an E-Reader yet has slowed me down getting to E-'only' books though.

Carrie said...

Congratulations. That's awesome.

KarenG said...

Sounds good David! And how come the link to buy isn't right there in your post? Make it easy for people to click and buy, that's one of the elements of promotion I'm trying to remember.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

good for you, David! Glad to hear things are going so well for you!

Rick said...

Congrats, David, on your well-deserved success. You seem to be onto something.

Lagomorph Rex said...

Congratulations certainly. To me it's all still a mystery how these things even sell at all.. but I'm very glad that you seem to be moving up in the ranks.

David J. West said...

Thanks Carrie

Karen-because it is right beside the post.

Tamara-thank you.

Much appreciated Rick

Thank you Lagomorph, thats the dilemma I have no idea how it all really works either.

madisonwoods said...

Don't be so certain that your targets aren't using Kindle. Just recently I attended a water board meeting, a gathering of mainly men in the field of water treatment and distribution. One of them men in attendance raised a hand to ask a question. He wanted to know if the 'Water Bible' was available on Kindle... blew my mind and forever changed my perception that e-books are anything less than a force to be reckoned with. Maybe it's not there yet, but the day is coming, as much as I hate to admit it.

Personally, I love a real book and haven't even read the ebooks I have downloaded.

David J. West said...

Madison-I am with you, I still like physical books-and you really had me going there for a second about a water-board meeting. LOL

Lisa said...

E-Books are great! I love that they are just a little cheaper, it makes my tight budget stretch that much farther. I only wish more authors would branch out into this market.

Congrats on your success!

madisonwoods said...

Haha, a 'water board' meeting conjures up all sorts of torturous scenarios doesn't it?

Kimberly said...

David that is awesome! Congratulations!

I'm resisting e-readers quite staunchly thus far. I love me a real, in my hands, papery book. But I'm starting to feel...nervous...

David J. West said...

Thanks Lisa

Exactly madisonwoods

I tend to agree with you Kim

kbrebes said...

I'm happy for your good news, David!

David J. West said...

Thanks kbrebes, I appreciate it

TerryLynnJohnson said...

congratulations! sounds like your book is doing great! and congrats on being an ebook! I've listed one of those ereaders on my wish list this year. perhaps I'll be reading Fallen Heroes on it by January!

David J. West said...

Very cool Terry. I appreciate it. I am sure I want to get yours to read to my kids too.