In today’s publishing world things change quickly. Some of the changes are good. Some worry me. And some of it is super exciting. The ability to pre-order books on Amazon used to be reserved for traditionally published books. That’s no longer the case. Amazon is now allowing self-published authors to list their books on the site for pre-orders. Woooohoooo!
Why is this so exciting? It helps increase exposure before a book’s release date. An author can now promote the book much earlier including on Goodreads. Another wonderful aspect is that pre-orders contribute toward sales rank before the actual release date. This helps a book’s visibility. In order for readers to buy a book they have to know about it first.
There are some rules. You can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of the book’s release. When you create the page, you have to upload an e-book file. This doesn’t need to be the final version of the e-book and customers won’t be able to preview the book before the release date. However, if you fail to upload the finished product ten days before the release date Amazon will ban you from the pre-order option for a year. It sounds harsh, but I also understand why they have to do this.
When I heard about this option I just released my novel Confessions From A Coffee Shop and I was bummed I missed out on this opportunity. But the news did light a fire under me and I worked overtime to get my next book ready to list it as a pre-order.
A couple of days ago, Claudia Must Die, went live on Amazon and it can now be pre-ordered. Also, I was able to list it on Goodreads, where people can add it to their TBR and can leave advance reviews. This is very exciting for me and I really hope other self-published authors take advantage of the pre-order option on Amazon.
To celebrate the good news I’ve listed Claudia Must Die for $0.99. After it’s released on December 8th the price will go up to $2.99.
Here’s the blurb:
Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.
Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.
In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.
The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?
Pre-order you copy today:
I’ll do my best to keep all of you updated on how this works out. One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that it’s best to try new things and to take advantage of opportunities.