The Fate of the 99
As some of you know--99 of you, to be exact--for the last few years, I've been hosting a super-select group of fans called The 99. The idea behind the group was simple: more Amazon reviews for a book means Amazon pushes the marketing for that book, which means more sales. So I thought if I gave 99 people free copies of every book I published, then there was a chance that most of them would write an Amazon review in exchange for the free book.
Well, it only sort of worked.
Thank you to those of you who wrote reviews for Na Akua and It Came From Anomaly Flats! But unfortunately, not enough members of the 99 provided reviews on either book to propel it to higher levels of Amazon marketing. Not even close. I know that folks gets insanely busy and put things off, because I get insanely busy and put things off, and I want to thank all of you who worked to try to find time to read and review the books, even if the time never ended up presenting itself.
But what I ended up with in the end was little revenue from the release of my new books with no Amazon marketing boost to make up for the loss. In the end, it's a program I can't afford to sustain. I'm glad we gave it a shot, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your help in testing the program; those who left reviews, those who didn't, those who read the books, those who will still get around to it someday. To all of you, thank you.
And it's not all doom and gloom! If you're a member of The 99, you received an email letting you in on an exciting new project, and I'm thrilled to be able to offer a special place in that project for those of you in The 99. If you didn't catch the email, check your inboxes, check your spam folder, and if you can't find it but want the full details, send me an email, and we'll get you sorted out.
Again, thank you for your help with this experiment. And cheers to the Great New Adventures ahead!