Here’s a superfab exciting look at Bestselling Author C. C. MacKenzie’s iTunes Ebooks Adventure!
Take it away, C. C.
Good Sunday Morning WG2E peeps!
Greetings from the United Kingdom.
We’re shivering under Arctic conditions.
So here’s the thing.
A very strange and wondrous thing has happened to my books in the last eight weeks. iTunes readers, God bless them, have found my contemporary romances and like them so much that they’ve put my free book into their HOT list every day since the middle of November 2012. Sales across thirty countries of books two and three are totaling in the high double figures every day.
Since the word’s spread my inbox has received many messages from authors asking me to, ‘Give them the skinny on how I did it. What sort of promotions did I do? What’s the secret etc?’ As if I know what I’m doing, which is very flattering but I feel the need to come clean. I don’t know why. But I can share with you guys exactly what I did if that helps.
At the beginning of last September (since we didn’t have a Mac) I distributed book one of The Ludlow Hall series, Reckless Nights In Rome as a free read to iTunes via All Romance eBooks along with book two of the series, A Stormy Spring for $2.99. It took over two months for the books to go live, by which time I’d stopped checking the iTunes site deciding to simply go with the flow, it would go up eventually. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in this business it’s to have copious amounts of patience.
In the middle of November readers were increasingly messaging me asking for book three, Run Rosie Run. And it didn’t take long to figure out they were coming predominantly from iTunes. A quick check of the site confirmed the books had gone live and the free read had over one hundred 5* reader reviews. Today 4/5* reviews now exceed two hundred and seventy.
Run Rosie Run went up on the 20th December directly to iTunes and is doing well across all distributors, but iTunes sales are in the lead.
So that’s it. That’s all I did. No promotions because we’d no idea the books were even up. No excitement, no fanfare, no secret handshake, no grand plan.
Of course what goes up is bound to come down. Book four of the series is being edited and book five is in first draft with outlines completed for six, seven and eight. I’ve a stand-alone romance/adventure that’s ready but I’m keeping it in reserve – or should I get it out there before book four of the series?
What do wiser heads advise?
And if you have any questions, I’ll do my very best to answer them.
C C MacKenzie is a wife, and mother of three, based in South Cheshire, U.K. Since childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her careers in banking, fitness and interior design. Reckless Nights in Rome is her first novel, followed by ‘A Stormy Spring’ in August 2012 and Run Rosie Run in December 2012.
C C MacKenzie is currently finishing three more Contemporary Romances due for release in 2013. She is also working on a vampire paranormal saga.
[...] blend of humour, poignancy and a deep sensual warmth that speaks directly to her readers. About Reckless Nights in Rome, one reader said, “CC MacKenzie can write a sex scene like no other. She even beats out JD Robb [...]