Just thought I’d update you with my Amazon adventure with Another Side of Destiny, especially as I know some readers of this blog are “indie authors” like me, and are interested in other experiences. To recap: if you have a story in Amazon KDP Select, you can set it to a cost of free for five days in each quarter year. This was my last free day this quarter.
Again, there was no publicity for this short story, except here on this blog, so thank you readers. What Amazon itself does, or doesn’t do – if anything – I don’t know.
In the UK, the story leapt up into the charts, and was still there at the end of the one-day free period. It reached:
#58 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
The most fun thing was that the story did very well in Germany. I wasn’t aware there were German English-language F&SF readers (“Hi!” Waves). There it went to:
#50 in Kindle-Shop > eBooks > Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Fantasy & Science Fiction > Fantasy
Which meant it reached the rank of exactly 2,400 in the whole free Kindle store! Thanks!
In the US it went up by over 35,000 ranks in the free store, but that wasn’t quite enough to chart. Still, that’s pretty good for one day.
Nothing at all happened in Canada or Australia. Not a single download. I guess none of you live in those two countries.