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New Price

17 Oct

New cheaper price for the ebook of All the Places – you know you want to https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Places-Ive-Ever-Been/dp/1519115113/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476742763&sr=8-1&keywords=colette+coen

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Support…and what it means

21 May

Support comes in many shapes and forms, sometimes welcomed, sometimes not. Sometimes looked for, and lacking; sometimes coming unexpectedly.

Friends support me through difficult times, as I hope I support them. Readers give words of encouragement, and the occasional review. Family gives practical support, taking up the slack.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been doing more supporting than usual – mainly on the care front as my sister-in-law who normally does loads has been in America. But on the literary front, I went to support my classmate from the Faber Academy Novel Writing course, who has just published the first novel in a trilogy – Changed Times. Ethyl Smith was ably supported by a couple of friends who shared the reading of her novel, and by many others who came along to listen and buy her book. Must admit I was extremely tired, and not always fully connected (which had nothing to do with the performances or the novel), but on the train home, I reflected on how important it is for writers (and others) to support each other. Ethyl certainly appreciated her great turnout, and I was honoured to be one of the first people she showed early drafts to and I’m looking forward to reading the completed book.

Ethyl Smith signing copies of Changed Times

Ethyl Smith signing copies of Changed Times

We all write in isolation, whether in a busy cafe or a quiet study, bringing characters out from our imaginations onto the page, so it is lovely to get feedback, a pat on the back, or simply, to see a face in the crowd.

If you’re looking to support writers, you could do worse than coming along to the Scottish Writers’ Centre at the CCA on Tuesday night in Glasgow to see their Spring Showcase. I’m definitely going to try to be there.

Readers Like a Bargain

2 Apr

Into Day 3 of the Kindle Countdown Deal for All the Places I’ve Ever Been, and there has been a decided slow down of sales, even though the ebook is still only £3.99. So it would seem that it’s all about pricing, and getting the promotions right – maybe all the people who were going to buy it finally got round to it when I reminded them again that it was out there. Maybe people just aren’t willing to take too big a punt on a relative unknown.

My sister questioned if I should permanently reduce the price of the ebook, but the way Amazon works, this would reduce my royalty rate to 30%, whereas if I occasionally do Countdown Deals (allowed every 90 days), then I retain the 70% rate I normally get.

I has been very exciting doing this and getting a reasonable number of sales. If you’ve not snapped up a bargain yourself yet, you’ve got until 8.00am BST when the ebook returns to its list price. Remember, if you don’t own a Kindle, you can always get the paperback,or if you are an Amazon Prime customer you can borrow the ebook for free through Kindle Unlimited.

Update on Countdown Deal

1 Apr

So, my Kindle Countdown Deal has been running for 24 hours, and I am amazed at how successful it has been, moving me from a ranking round about 1,500,000 (yes all those zeros should be there), to 2,896 in General Fiction, 350 in Women’s Fiction, and 185 in YA. Okay, so I cut the price from £3.99 for an ebook to 99p yesterday, £1.99 today, and £2.99 tomorrow, but I’m shifting units, and building a bit of momentum.

In terms of marketing, I’ve been posting in lots of the Facebook groups I’m a member of, but the one with the most traction has been my old school. All the Places I’ve Ever Been does start in the mid 80s in Glasgow, (though it then takes the protagonist around the World), so there is an obvious attraction for people who know the time and/or place. I think the ‘oh I remember her’ also helps.

I did dip my toes in the water of pay-per-click advertising a few weeks ago, but I must admit once I reached about £25 spend for £5 profit, I thought it was time to stop. I know other people who have used this method more successfully, but I think it probably works best if you are selling higher ticket items with a bigger profit margin.

I’d totally forgotten to Tweet about the deal yesterday (can’t really get into Twitter), so I’m off to do that now.

I’ll give another update tomorrow, where I might even admit how obsessively I’ve been checking the sales figures – well, it is exciting finding people who want to read what you’ve written.

Bye for now

 

Top 12 Doesn’t Quite Have that Ring

6 Feb

Top 12 Doesn’t Quite Have That Ring

As you know – if you’ve been paying attention The Chocolate Refuge is FREE at the moment on Amazon – and I’m in the top 12 of Free Women’s Short Stories, and #15 in Short Stories, so please, please, please help me make it into the top 10, and get a free book. But hurry – offer ends Tuesday

All I ask in return is a little review if you have time – it’s short stories and flash fiction, so bite size reading.

Free Book

29 Jan

Did you download Five A Day when it was free ?

Did you like it?

Do you have one minute to rate it or two minutes to write a review on Amazon?

Did you miss the free download?

Don’t worry there will be another one freebie along very, very soon.

Short Stories and Flash Fiction by Colette Coen

Short Stories and Flash Fiction by Colette Coen

 

#freebook #fiveaday #colettecoen

A Good Day

4 Dec

Well the wind is howling, and the rain is getting ready to fall from the sky, but two great things happened today. Firstly the lovely people at Creative Writing Ink told me I’d won their November short story competition. You can read it here then I got the final proof finished of All the Places I’ve Ever Been. It should be available to buy as a paperback in the next couple of days, but is currently on Amazon as an ebook if that’s your preferred method of reading.

A good end to what has otherwise been a very rubbish week.

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