I was checking my sales report on Amazon to see if my efforts at Bloody Words had produced a bump, but what caught my attention was a new report button for sales in the Kindle UK store (and another for the Kindle DE store in Germany)
Just for fun I gave it a click and discovered that I’ve actually started a trickle of sales in the UK. Even one of my short stories sold on that side of the pond.
Why is this so exciting? I don’t know anyone in the UK. These sales are a tribute to cover art (thanks M. Custode) and good openings to the stories–because that’s the only way people in the UK can judge them. Amazon allows readers to read the first several pages for free.
My efforts at Bloody Words did cause a little bump in sales for Summer of Bridges, my coming-of-age anthology of short stories that first appeared in Storyteller Magazine.
But here’s the really weird thing: Vampire Road, the young adult, violent, vampire novel has seen an even bigger jump in sales over the weekend. I didn’t push Vampire Road at Bloody Words because this is a convention of mystery readers–many of them with grown children–who would have little interest in a YA novel. I’d be doing them a disservice to try and sell it to them. I pushed Summer of Bridges because the Sioux Rock Falls stories are light-hearted Canadiana, and one of them is a mystery.
So what demographic started buying Vampire Road over the weekend? I guess the obvious answer is younger people who like vampire novels. It’ll be interesting to see where sales go once I really get marketing.
If you were wondering: no sales in Germany so far.
Side Note: For the authors out there who are waiting for a blog on how to format and put up e-books, it’s in the draft stage. It’ll be up this week.