I’m bringing Julie back!
Okay, well… Julie never went anywhere. However, as I discussed in an earlier post, the model representation of Julie on the front covers of the last series disappeared for a while and was replaced with this design:
I’d mentioned that this was a marketing tactic (one that didn’t work out so well, a-thank-you-very-much!), so we’re back to basics.
She’s back (and better than ever (again, too vain when I say these things?)).
The change has already taken place at Smashwords, is in progress at Barnes & Noble (though I still can’t figure out why they’re only selling books 2-4), and will be reflected through other major retailers (Apple, Kobo, etc.) within a couple weeks.
But I’m doing this with great hesitation.
Here’s my predicament….
I went through a great deal of stress trying to get Just a Little Crush to go free on Amazon. No longer being under the KDP Select contract, I’d given up the perks of having free days at my disposal. So, I had to go about it another way. And it wasn’t easy. I spent days and nights reporting the price change to Amazon, getting a lot of help from some great people on the Kindle Boards, and it took fourteen days before Amazon agreed to drop the price to $0.00. It was awesome (and yes, totally worth all the work and wait)! And since the change, I’ve seen a big increase in readership. Great!
But here’s why I’m struggling with this decision…. There’s a process with publishing. Even if you want to tweak the book description, the cover art, or the book content itself, the entire book goes back into review. My fear is that when I change the cover for Just a Little Crush that it will get bumped back to paid status and will no longer be free.
Of course, I can go back through the reporting again… but I really, really, really don’t want to do that. Too much stress. Too much aggravation. Too much messing around online when I should be writing.
So, anyway… that’s where I’m at.
Taking the plunge, keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping that Amazon loves me enough to save me some stress!
I’ve always promised to keep you guys updated, so that’s your update for now.
X’s and O’s
Update (January 6, 2013): Amazon process was successful! “Crush” remained free during the publishing process, so I’m eternally grateful to Amazon! I’m still waiting to see the book show up on Barnes & Noble. Additionally, the cover changes showed up on Kobo last night as well. So, one step at a time. We’re getting there