by Madelle Morgan
Diamond Hunter was originally published by a small press as Diamond Lust (with a cover that I loved, BTW, but perhaps few readers did). I got the rights back, updated it, commissioned a new cover, and reduced the e-book price from the original $7.99 to $3.99 USD. Tra-la!
As of January 31, Diamond Hunter is in the KDP Select program for 90 days. I'm so excited! But I'm also baffled.
In the first week, with no promo or reviews, the book has sold copies in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. One Kindle Unlimited subscriber downloaded it. Admittedly one copy was purchased by my supportive husband. :)
But still! The same book on Amazon has attracted more readers in one week than sales in 60 days as a small press ebook on Amazon and many other distribution sites, with good reviews.
In regards to promo, the publication of Diamond Hunter was announced on my own Facebook page last week, and that's it so far.
It's the same book, with essentially the same book description, and no reviews. (The original reviews are not connected to Diamond Hunter on Amazon because I changed the title.)
For comparison, below is the original Diamond Lust cover.
Excluding reviews as a factor, I would really like to know if the increase in sales due to the:
- different title?
- new cover with a couple on it?
- much lower price?
- Amazon algorithms?
I would love feedback from readers of this post. I wonder if other authors who got their rights back have had the same experience?
Assuming that you read romantic suspense, would you have passed on the original Diamond Lust due to Title, Cover, and/or Price? Please share your opinion.
Happy Valentine's Day!