Since launching Quest One. The Golden Scarab for Kindle it’s been quite daunting knowing that my story is actually finally out there. I’m constantly thinking of what the readers are thinking about my story. Time will tell I guess
Now, I know that my book is a great read. But I really would love it to be living on thousands of Kindles, iPads, iPhones and iPods everywhere. It has full-on action and adventure with some awesome magic and a great setting thrown in for good measure.
It’s the kind of book that I know Percy Jackson and Harry Potter fans would absolutely love. I myself am a huge fan of both of these. I even made sure that I wrote part of Quest One in the very same Elephant cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. I was hoping to channel some of the magic that created Harry and his friends.
Shortly after Quest One went live I ran a couple of introductory promotions aimed at getting my book out there for people to read, hopefully enjoy and recommend to others. During the promotions my book was downloaded many hundreds of times – wow, this was way more than I had expected as a new unknown author. It was a great surprise and I felt very proud of the achievement.
The downloads were mostly USA and UK but to my surprise Germany was in the mix as well. It was a very rewarding feeling knowing that my book was warmly nestled inside hundreds of Kindles in various parts of the world. There’s no turning back now – Hopefully this is just the beginning of something great. Now all that needs to happen is for these early downloaders to read my story – then like it – then talk about it – then others may follow (or so the theory goes).
When I was discussing with a longtime friend that I’d published to Kindle the first thing she asked me was “So how do I get a copy if I don’t have Kindle?”
‘Mmmmmm’ I thought …. This was something that I hadn’t even considered when I decided to publish by e-book. I’d just assumed that non-Kindle owners would be on to it, that they would just know they had access to all these books. But, as I now realise there’s a stack of people out there who have absolutely no idea what a Kindle is and those that do probably don’t have one. So this means there is a huge untapped group of readers out there.
We know that Kindles are popular and that this popularity is growing everyday … bu in the grand scheme of things they aren’t anywhere near as widely used as smartphones and tablets. I’ve heard stats that here in Australia there are way more smartphones than people (don’t quote me on that – but I’m sure a Google search would find some real stats to back it up).
I know that it’s as simple as downloading a free app to my iPad, iPod and iPhone that lets me download and read Kindle books. But, like my friend, I bet there is a lot iDevice owners in this big world who don’t realize this is possible. I’m guessing that there are probably (well certainly) squillions of potential e-book owners out there who have no idea they can read Kindle books on their smartphones and tablets … without even needing to buy a Kindle.
So now because of me, my friend knows that she already has the power to read Kindle books on her iPad and her iPhone.
She got the free app…. then….. she went to Amazon.com … then … she downloaded her first Kindle e-book … mine.
My guess is that now she knows what she can do she’ll be buying plenty more Kindle books.
So let’s educate the world – I’ve started the wave with a small ripple.
Tell everyone you see (including those that you squish with on the train or bus everyday) that they can Kindle without a Kindle.