WWcover-300Christy and I spent last week in Florida with our dad and working on the next installment of the Appalachian Journey series (we finally came up with the series title!). We took the time to copyright Whistling Woman (and don’t get me started on that onerous task!), do a “Purge” file for the next book (we’ll be posting the title and an explanation later this week), and work a bit on the outline (something neither of us like to do–we’re both pantsers, but we need at least a barebones outline for this one).

We also spent almost a full day updating the book’s page on Amazon, adding some reviews to the book description, coming up with a tagline, and doing our best to learn how to use html on Amazon. For that, we consulted Michael Alvear’s book, Make a Killing on Kindle Without Blogging, Facebook and Twitter. I bought this book over a month ago and have been slowly making my way through it–not because it’s boring, but because I haven’t had the time! It’s a great book for marketing on Kindle (if you want to check it our for yourself, just click on the title above) and explains the steps you should take. We haven’t done them all yet, but we did make some changes to our keywords, tags, and the book description box following Mr. Alvear’s advice, and two days later…

our daily sales totals almost doubled and we hit the Kindle Historical fiction bestseller list!

And then we spent a lot of time doing happy dances, or “the running man” as Christy’s daughter Meghann called it. Don’t know where that term comes from but that’s what she called it and she’s much more savvy about things like that than we are.

Anyway, as of this morning we were at #76 (it’s been off and on–mostly on!–the list since Thursday) and it also made it to # 96 on the Literary Fiction list. Woo-hoo! Happy dances (or the running man) all around!

And a great big THANK YOU to Michael Alvear for writing his book! I’m not sure if the things we did actually resulted in the increased sales and the appearance on two Kindle bestseller lists, but you can bet we’re going to go back to your book and use some more of your tips!