jonnynexus (jonnynexus) wrote,
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Saving Stone: Initial Post-Release Thoughts

As you know, Saving Stone was written in response to the theory that the best way to stimulate sales of a physical product is to give some related away for free in electronic format. The theory goes that the free electronic version will spread so much quicker and further than the physical version that if only a fraction of the readers of the free electronic version then purchase the physical version, sales will still be up.

The question is, of course, does it work? Will I this year pitch to UK writing magazines an article about how a free prequel novella turbo-charged the sales of my novel? Or will I go back to plan B, and pitch them an article about stupid pseudonyms?

Well...

Results after nearly one week. Well mixed I guess. They range from the quite frankly brilliant:
Amazingly funny! I'd not heard of your novel _Game Night_ prior, but I'm for sure going to purchase a copy. Thank you for the knee slapping crying laugh I had at the scene in the "treasure room". I haven't laughed like that in a long time!

I've pimped your story at http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com - http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-would-gods-play-d.html
...to the mixed:
So far, the logs say that Saving Stone has been downloaded 373 times. That's not bad, but given that I sent out an email to ~1500 people on my old Critical Miss mailing list (plus that the fact that many of you reading this have mentioned it elsewhere) isn't quite as many as I would have hoped, and hasn't really gone up in the last few days. (i.e. There was an initial rush, but now it seems to have stalled, and there hasn't been any of the follow up buzz on forums that I'd been hoping for).
...to the quite frankly disappointing:
In terms of Game Night sales, this has been by far the worst week since the start of November last year. I'd expected sales to go down after Christmas, but the first week after Christmas, while down, was still much better than this week. (I was particularly disappointed because about 350 of the people on the list were on Hotmail, who were blocking my previous CM address. But my new JN address appears to be getting through to them. Since they will likely never have heard of Game Night, because they didn't get the earlier emails, I would have hoped that a few of them might have gone out and bought it).
Oh well. I guess we'll just have to see. But at the moment, my slightly pessimistic money is on me pitching the stupid pseudonyms article.
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