To clarify — I am not asking how to promote and sell books in general. I learned a long time ago that writing the next book — the best book you can — is always a sure way to get visibility and sell both your current book and your back list. Buying ads, social media, complicated Amazon algorithms aside, if you want to get word of mouth, which is the best promo ever — WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
My particular dilemma is — why does a series in which I only have two books, has been out for quite a while, and the next one isn’t even done sell much, much better than the series I’m actively writing — and even promoting?
This happenstance does NOT make sense under any theory of promotion.
Specifically, my two science fiction romance (SFR) books, Prime Obsession and Prime Selection, are outselling all books in my Security Specialists International series.
Don’t get me wrong. SSI books are still selling nicely — thank you SSI fans! But in the last three quarters, my Prime books are outselling them, and this is even after a new SSI book had come out (and which had stellar sales and still has some legs).
Color me perplexed.
Because last time I checked, SFR wasn’t all that popular. If I’m hitting the upswing in the SFR genre, please let me know. I’ll make damn sure my Muse figures out how to keep the Prime series going once the initial trilogy is completed with Prime Imperative (and no, it’s not done yet). As I’ve mentioned to my Prime fans several times, I hadn’t planned on any more books in the Prime world, but that I would never say never.
I’m sure glad I kept an open mind, because my Prime books seem to have found an enthusiastic audience.
One thing I can say I’ve learned about writing over the years is that there are no guarantees in this business. Some times a book or a series just hits. Call it Fate, Karma, Good Mojo, or clean living — I’m just happy when it happens to me.
But still color me perplexed. 🙂