The new BookBub? ($1 Kindle Books = Massive Book Sales)

A couple weeks ago Matt Stone of Archangel Ink asked me to be part of a 99cent book promotion, with a few other authors I respect like Tom Knowles (The Kindle Publishing Bible; we did some sightseeing in Vancouver BC last month) and S.J. Scott (Habit Stacking; we had dinner with a group authors in Cleveland last night). Matt’s building a big list of readers who want “1 buck books” and aims to be a more nimble and robust replacement for BookBub.

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The idea is, if several authors do a promotion at once, together we’ll sell more books.

For my part, on the day of the event I got carried away with work and didn’t do much promotion (sorry guys!). I did share the link a few times towards the end. But I wasn’t really focused on it, probably because I rarely promote my own books (did you know I just launched two new books on Kindle yesterday?)

I think building a platform by doing incredible stuff is better for long-term book sales, but I also need to learn to “ask for the sale” a little more often. At any rate, today I logged into my KDP account and saw this:

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That huge spike you see from the BuckBooks promotion – even though most of my books are among the top 5 bestsellers in their categories, they still only sell a few copies per day – except on Sept. 3rd, where they jump to 309.

BuckBooks is still warming up, but Matt knows what he’s doing and the sales bump was impressive.

The basic idea is collaboration, so if you have zero followers and no email list, you aren’t bringing much to the table…

But if you want to work with other authors and sell more books, you should definitely check it out.

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.