Results from Promo Week

Phwew.  Well that was a serious rush!  My ears are still ringing from the ride.  Nothing like doing your own marketing.

So I ran ads in promo email distributors (e.g. ENT, Fussy Librarians) over the last four days.  Every morning, with coffee in hand, I checked the ranking for A Spy Came Home with clear intent to seal myself off from the web until evening.  Ha ha ha.  I found myself checking both the sales and the ranking on a continual cycle every 30 minutes.  Crack has a new face and it’s my Amazon author dashboard.

I’m delighted to report that the promo week surpassed expectations.  The book’s rank dropped from an initial #711,953 to #8,744 on Day 1.  So cool to watch that movement.  Day 2 and Day 3 it maintained a nice steady spot just above 10,000 (#10,722 and #13,907.)   And it ended off the week…

june 27 rankingsTA DA!!

I am really proud of the fact that A Spy Came Home – with a very small marketing budget of $122 and a week long sale – made it to #52 in the Espionage category.  I mean, come on, that’s cray cray!  This time last year I was in the grips of absolute terror.  Who would ever, ever want to read my rubbish?

Here’s toasting to lots of naivety, a dash of bravado, and strapping into the roller coaster seat with eyes wide open.

And a big thanks to Joe for not mocking my new addiction.  (I’m not sure I would have been so gentle had the roles been reversed.)


Promo Week

I am following all the advice from the great and mighty Kboards indie authors on a promo this week of A Spy Came Home.  I’m dropping the price down to $1 and then taking out ads on the various discount book email distributors (think Groupon.)  The prom runs from Monday through Friday.

The goal of any promo like this is to raise the book’s ranking in the Amazon charts.  The theory is that if it gets high enough, that many more eyes will see it when they go shopping for their next novel.

From what I can tell, it is very difficult to get a high ranking, but I am optimistic.

So in full transparency, this is where A Spy Came Home sits right now.  I’ll be back at the end of the week!

rankings june 22

Five Things I’m Doing This Week


  1. Up early, every day, writing along. It’s just pouring out of me. This is awesome because it doesn’t always work like that. Some days/weeks are tough. Not this one.
  2. Moving the furniture back on the redone wood floors. YAY!
  3. My veggies are in. My flowers are just starting to sprout. Now I’ve gotta do the grass because we’ve got a shocking, dry wasteland of last year’s grass. How does that happen?
  4. The sun stays out late, the temperature is hot, and the new grill is up and running. There really isn’t just anything better than that…


  1. Trying to figure out what to say about the fact that A Spy Came Home just got honored with an IndieB.R.A.G. Medallion. I’m still trying to figure out the words that come after Holy Shit. I’ll get there.