Decisions, Reviews, and Promotional Copies

I’m sitting here, trying to decide if I want to make Atlantis: TVC Volume #1 exclusive to Amazon for 90 days.

On the plus side, it would be great for getting it out there in the spotlight. I haven’t had much success with any online or paid advertising–only word of mouth seems to be working so far.

This sums it up nicely.

I mean, I’m grateful for whatever sales I get, but I feel like I’m not doing enough for it. Another plus for going exclusive is that Volume #1 will get more eyes on it, and that will get people interested in Volume #2, which is due out at the end of this summer. [Provided I can keep to my timeline.] That’s just past the 90 day period it would be exclusive for.

The negative is that I wouldn’t be able to sell the book on other platforms while it is exclusive. I have actually moved the most books through iTunes, but Amazon is not far behind. I also don’t have any reviews on Amazon, but I do have one on iTunes.

I am really on the fence about this, but I am definitely leaning towards the exclusive period, which means I’d have to remove the book from other retailers during that time frame. The only thing holding me back is the lack of reviews on Amazon–positive OR negative.

The thing about reviews [and this is something corporations and CSRs who depend on surveys hate as well] is that if people hate something, they’ll immediately go post something about it. If they love something, it’s a 50/50 split on whether they’ll rave about it or not. But those people in the middle, the ones who think something is just “okay”, or is “pretty decent”, they don’t typically post what they think. What they don’t know is that on average, people trust those reviews the most when looking for info on a product, so it’s a vicious cycle of… silence.

So, while I’m mulling this over, I’ve decided that until I actually make the book exclusive, you can contact me and  receive a free promotional edition of Atlantis: TVC Volume #1 [in ePub format] as long as you are willing to post a review of it on Amazon after reading it–good OR bad. [Edit: Volume #1 has been made exclusive on Amazon, so this offer is no longer valid.]

However, if you already purchased the book on Amazon, and wouldn’t mind taking the time out of your day to leave a quick review, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks. You guys are the best! heart

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