Four Books Later, I Finally Hit #1

That’s right. I finally did it!

Hidden #1

Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother’s Journey hit #1, and I received the elusive Amazon Best Seller orange tag!

Hidden best seller

And it didn’t take many sales. The day it hit number one, I sold 50 copies.

The key was a good cover, a little bit of the right advertising, and picking the correct categories for the book. Here are a few tidbits:

  1. The right cover: I’ve finally given in. I did make my Hidden Cover, but moving forward, I think I’ll be hiring cover designers. I reached out to one of my favorite designers to work on redoing Blood & Holy Water & making one for book 2 & 3 in this series.
  2. The right advertising: Having a group of authors that help support this project has helped me bring in sales (if you haven’t read my blog about the “Hidden” project, check it out HERE.) I’ve also developed a new release spreadsheet/plan that works on multiple angels of advertising, including paid promos, newsletter swaps, social media, cross promo with other authors, and Amazon/Bookbub notifications. Someday, I’ll write a blog about this — if you want a copy sooner, just comment below.
  3. The right categories: Yeah, this makes all the difference. There’s a whole mess of sites about getting into specific categories, but what I do is just browse every ebook category on Amazon, write down which ones I want, then contact Amazon (thorough author central) to add my book where I’d like it. This article has been helpful. I go right to step 3.

Oh, and a bonus to all of this…my reviews are coming in better than I expected. I have 18 reviews so far (it released three days ago,) and I’m currently averaging a 4.6 stars!

Now, my next goal: figuring out how to get “sticky” on Amazon. First, I’ll have to write more books!

Thanks for sticking with me & my writing journey.

Talk to you again soon!

 

About Joynell Schultz

Writer & lover of all types of speculative fiction. I'm shivering in northern Wisconsin. Learn about my novels here: http://Author.to/JoynellSchultz
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10 Responses to Four Books Later, I Finally Hit #1

  1. M.L.S.Weech says:

    Congrats! Here’s hoping more are in store for you!

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  2. Hannah says:

    Congratulations! I’m quite keen to read what you write up about multiple angles of advertising as that’s the thing that varies so much both in price and options.

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  3. Congratulations!
    I’d love your advertising research/process. More is always better with information.

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  4. Well done on No. 1. It doesn’t always take huge sales but if you have sold more than anyone else for one book in the category you get it. The excerpt I read was good so no wonder it is selling. I need a debit card and just a bit more income to be buying at the moment but when I have both your book is on my TBR list. Again, congratulations

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  5. Congratulations!! That is a serious accomplishment!

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  6. Oh my gosh that’s so great!!! Congrats!!! YAYAYAYAY!!! 😀

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  7. Reblogged this on E. Paige Burks and commented:
    Check out Joynell Schultz’s Hidden, which hit number 1 on Amazon!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shana Gorian says:

    So exciting! Congratulations and thanks for sharing how you did it!

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