THIS IS OLD – BUT THE PRINCIPLE STANDS
I haven’t advertised in ages, because I haven’t figured out exactly how to do it when you write in a 1) smaller niche (mainstream love story), that is 2) usually NOT indie (and you write indie), and are 3) slow (so there won’t be another book for readers for a while longer).
As an expected result, sales are slow (but someone bought a paperback this month – Yay!).
And, under certain conditions, you can SEE a reader take your book out of KU and read a few pages (first yellow bar – around 10, maybe 11 if the next bar was right after midnight).
And then read a few pages every once in a while.
From a later graph and adding all the page reads (PC is just under 400 pages), I think the reader finished by May 19th.
Slow writers take our encouragement where we can get it
But it is amusing to watch a graph like this one (and the speeding up at the end) go by when you are doing your daily check.
And to decide what you’re going to assume about the reader (since you have no data but the few points on the graph, which you assume come from the same borrow) based on NO OTHER INFORMATION.
In this case, I assumed a busy life, and a few pages read at bedtime by someone who KNEW they had to get up in the morning to work. Fair enough?
READERS owe writers NOTHING
I will say that as many times as necessary.
Once the book is on the open market, buying – or borrowing from KU – is more than enough for a reader to give the writer.
At that point, we hope they will enjoy it.
Anything else, a rating, a review, a recommendation – is above and beyond, and a gift.
If a reader buys the paper book, we usually don’t even find out if they read it unless a review shows up (these can really make your day; the absence is just normal reader behavior, because few review).
Between the reader and the writer
This has been the contract (a one-way contract) almost forever: I will read.
Going to the next level of writing a fan letter was very rare, even in the olden days.
Doing anything else other than having a warm feeling for the experience (if that happens) nowadays is as rare.
When you see a book with many reviews, it is usually because the book sold many copies – and the usual percentage (tiny) of readers left their impression.
Occasionally, a very good (or very bad) book may solicit a higher percentage – meaning it hit readers in the gut.
Writers don’t expect much feedback
Our readers are mostly not writers – they are the people we hope to serve entertainment to.
But it is possible (probably unconsciously) to torture your writer – by proving you can put the book down, over and over.
If you need to do that, please go ahead. It does require you borrow the book from Kindle Unlimited first – and then read it a tiny bit at a time.
Know that the torture is even better because Amazon pays authors not when the book is borrowed, but as the pages are read.
PS: I’m going through my files of draft posts I never finished to see if any still tickle my fancy. This one did.