Today is the day. We are Book Bombing John Brown’s awesome Servant series.
I’m doing this because I’ve Book Bombed #1 before (which from the results and reviews, you guys loved) and #2 and #3 just came out. For those of you who missed out on the last one, I’ve put a link to book 1 also. John has also put them all on sale for this also. This is a historical first because I’ve never bombed a whole trilogy before!
Curse: The Dark God Book 2 (Volume 2)
For those of you new to Book Bombs, this is how it works. I do them to give a deserving author a much needed boost. You can buy the books wherever makes you happy, because the important thing is that the author GETS PAID. However, I try to steer as many people as possible to Amazon because they have a sales ranking system that updates hourly. The more people who buy a book in a short period of time, the higher the book gets in those rankings. The higher it gets, the more new people see it, the more it shows up in searches, etc. Once we get a book onto a bestseller list for its genre, then lots of new people see it. Success breeds success.
To give you an example, I Book Bombed John Brown’s Bad Penny and this is what he had to say about it:
I just want you to know that your readers are not only a pleasure because of their enthusiasm, but they also set me up for the huge run Bad Penny had in July. We moved more than 12,000 books. I broke the top 30 in Amazon for a few days. In Nook, I was a best seller the whole freaking month. How did this happen? I got a BookBub promotion. How did I get that? Well, one thing they look at are the reviews. And your folks who enjoyed Bad Penny came out in spades. When you post the book bomb, you need to tell them this author loves the Monster Hunter Nation.
So please tell your friends. As the day goes on I will post the sales ranks of the various books to see if we’re making a difference. Having done a lot of these I know there is a delay in how Amazon calculates so we usually start seeing a real difference in the afternoon, and then it will climb through the evening.
Why did I pick John Brown for another Book Bomb? Well, John is a friend of mine. We started out about the same time. His first novel, Servant of a Dark God came out about the same time as Monster Hunter International. So being two relative nobodies we decided to go on a book tour on our own dime. We set up signings (basically whoever would have us) and then we went on a series of gigantic road trips across the western US. We went to San Diego, Phoenix, and Denver. And the Denver trip across Wyoming was like an adventure novel. Long story, but it involved burning trucks, poached elk, car wrecks, a crazy guy on the run from the reptoids of the Hollow Earth, and a 12 hour drive through a blizzard.
So I have spent a lot of time in a Ford Focus with John Brown.
John is really talented writer. Since we started at the same time, and he works just as hard, and hustles just as much, he should be where I am, EXCEPT John got hosed. He had a contract with one of the biggest publishing houses, and then he had a professional conflict with his editor. After his first book came out, John turned in the sequel. I’m probably getting the timeline/details wrong, but this is just to give you an idea. After months of sitting on it, the editor told him to make a bunch of drastic changes. Okay, not a problem. That’s what editors do. My second book came out. John turned in his revised version. The editor sat on it for a while, and then ordered him to make a bunch of other drastic changes. My third book came out. John turned it in again. Now it was too long. Cut a third of the book. My fourth book came out. John changed everything around, now put back in the stuff you cut. My fifth book came out. Etc.
And the thing is, I read one of those drafts, and it was awesome. Steve and the guys at EBR read all of those drafts, and they loved them. And those guys know the fantasy market better than anyone. So it wasn’t like John was turning in crap books. Sometimes you just get an editor and an author who should not be working together, and in this case John got screwed. If his second book was ever going to come out from this major publisher, the market had already forgotten about number one, and for a new author, that is the kiss of death. That is a career killer. So John asked to get his rights back and go indy.
One happy bonus to that, all of the negative reviews John got about Servant of a Dark God mentioned the same couple of issues, mostly related to the order of the chapters and the intro. Which is funny, because those changes were mandated by his editor. So when John got his rights back and published it himself, it is the “author’s cut” where he p
ut everything back the way he originally had it. Thanks to his friends and fans, the new Servant is doing well, and now the rest of the series (as he intended it to be written, and not mangled for 5 years) is out, and available to Book Bomb the hell out of today for cheap.
So please tell your friends. Let’s get John Brown some exposure! Let’s once again demonstrate that the Monster Hunter Nation and friends is more effective than a major publisher’s entire marketing department. 🙂
So here are the stats as of 8:00 MST
The 1st book in paperback Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,069
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The 2nd Book in paperback Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,173 in Books
in Kindle: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,753 Paid in Kindle Store
And the 3rd Book in paperback Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,121 in Books
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
EDIT: So let’s take a little break from wrapping up this fantasy novel rough draft I’m working on today and check to see how our little Book Bomb is progressing so far:
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Way to go guys!
So now that it is time for bed, let’s see how we did today
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
And Book 3
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Morning Edit: The numbers continued to climb through the night, but this bit is particularly cool: We didn’t just bump up John’s books. We bumped up John.