Shizzle, Inc got up to #34 on Amazon’s Satire Bestseller list! If you are not following the live tweeting of my biggest marketing campaign to date, here is a quick recap:
- Robin Reads started strong, but was a disappointment at 19 sales, at a cost of $25.
- Indie Book Promo was a complete dud, at maybe 1 sale (I had 3 total, but 2 were from my constant tweeting about it).
- Book Gorilla is currently on fire!
I will post a complete report on Monday. Wish me luck!
Now, I’d like to venture an explanation for the mystery surrounding the 1,200+ verified purchase reviews on a book yet to be released – as previously mentioned in Riddle me this!
First of all, I’d like to thank the following detectives:
- Nancy Glynn of Nancy Glynn – thank you for sharing the loophole allowing reviews on a yet-to-be-published book by “tricking” CreateSpace.
- Isabella Belucci of Isabella Belucci – thank you for sharing your experience reviewing and ARC (Advanced Review Copy) for another author.
- Mykl Walsh of Secret Agent Man – thank you for scouring the Internet for clues!
- Tim Vicary of Tim Vicary – thank you for checking the suspect’s Goodreads profile 🙂
- Prospero of Prospero’s Island – thank you for digging up an interview with the mention of Kindle First!
I did some research myself – and it all seemed to point to Kindle First. For example, all 1,200+ reviews have been posted during November, in line with Kindle First offering the book a month before its release on 1 December. For those not familiar with Kindle First – it is an offer of free or discounted bestsellers (I think just four of them a month), chosen by Amazon’s editors. I have searched madly for any clues on how to get on the list, but it seems to be either a secret or an impossible feat, even though most traditional publishers are currently not supporting it.
Any detectives want to take on this new mystery??