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Let’s get to know a little more about Lacey Kind, the main character in Merch Girl.
Full Name: Lacey Anne Kind
Birth Date: July 31
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Band: Lansdowne!!!
Heels or flip-flops?: Flip-flops
Favorite place you’ve traveled?: LA was wicked cool, I love celebrities.
Favorite snack: Oreos
Tell us something we would be surprised to know about you: I am fluent in French and I once dyed my hair pink (temporarily)
Favorite TV show?: Anything on MTV
Favorite book?: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite Movie?: Almost Famous
Best tour memory?: Spending time with Logan in New York City
To learn more about Lacey, and her time on tour, check out Merch Girl, available on Amazon now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO
So, it’s been a little over 2 months since I self-published my debut Young Adult novel, Merch Girl on Amazon using their Kindle Direct Program. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way. To read Part 1 of my lessons learned about self publishing, click here.
Amazon gives you the option to choose two categories for your book. I chose Teen Romance and Coming of Age when I launched my book. I believe that I chose the correct categories, because Merch Girl cracked the Top 100 in the best sellers list, and even the Top 30 in the Hot New Releases lists in both categories. This helped with the visibility of the book tremendously.
Sales May Drop After 1 Month
Because of the visibility on the Hot New Releases list, Merch Girl was purchased much more than I ever imagined it would be. However, after about a month, the purchases did drop slightly. I played with the categories a bit, and it seemed that the book was doing better in Teen Romance than in Coming of Age. So, I removed it from the latter and categorized it instead under Music since the book is about rockstars and concerts. The book actually placed in the Top 10 best sellers in the Popular Music and Pop Culture Categories immediately. Exciting, right? Yes, it was cool to be a best seller again, but I kept it in the category for about two weeks and realized that it wasn’t helping sales at all. In fact, i think they were slipping because of it (less visibility to the type of readers I was trying to attract).
I decided today to add it back into the Coming of Age category and see how it goes. I’m also planning on using my “free days” that Kindle Select gives you for being exclusive with them for 90 days. I’ll report more on that experience after the free days are used!
My 1st interview! Thanks Ana for taking the time to interview me! http://anaherareads.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/interview-rebecca-lewis-author-of-merch-girl/
Happy 1 month anniversary to Merch Girl!!
This month has been more than I ever expected it to be, and to celebrate, the ebook is on sale for just $.99 cents! This deal isn’t going to last much longer, so if you’ve been waiting to purchase, you should probably act fast! Click here for the deal: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CN0HNQO
And thanks to all who have already purchased a copy!
I just want to dedicate a post to all the fabulous book bloggers who have recently read and reviewed my debut YA novel, Merch Girl. It means the world to me for anyone to take the time to read it, and to receive some of the amazing positive feedback is icing on the cake. Take a look at some of the recent feedback I’ve received from book bloggers and reviewers! I have a few more blog reviews lined up for June and July, and I can’t wait to read them!
Booksessed Blog Review: http://bookssesed.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-merch-girl-by-rebecca-lewis.html
Goodreads Reviews: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17703969-merch-girl
Wow….wow, wow, wow. I don’t even know what to say!!! After only 11 days of being published, Merch Girl has made not one, but three Amazon Best Sellers Lists!!!! I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly my sales started rolling in, and I am going with it! It’s currently #29 in the Hot New Releases in Coming of Age Fiction, #52 on the Teen Romance ebooks list and #62 in the Coming of Age Fiction list. It’s even sandwiched in between Twilight and Breaking Dawn on the Teen List! Take a look:
This has been an incredible day and I want to thank everyone single person who purchased a copy!! This makes it clear to me that if you have a dream, GO FOR IT. If hundreds of literary agents reject your book for over a year, don’t be afraid to take the leap and publish it on your own!! You have nothing to lose, and a good story to share that would have otherwise gone to waste. I am a full believer that everything happens for a reason. Sorry this turned very inspirational, but it’s true! Don’t give up!