Post by liviangrey on Dec 16, 2019 0:38:51 GMT -8
Despite not me really pushing my social media (I removed myself from Twitter due to being discontent with their inaction over certain accounts - I do not care who you are if you violate the terms of agreement your account should be shut down) I've managed to do really well with my Smashwords books. Yes, they are free, however most of them were posted over three years ago and yet I've been seeing copies picked up on my report nearly every day, and I've given away more this year than any other year, as in the last two years I've given away less than 300 but this year it's reached roughly 2600, which is the best year I've had since starting here.
What I don't receive is much in the way of reviews or feedback, so I don't now if this picked up because of word of mouth or out of luck. I'm still getting page views even if they don't generate downloads. It's really difficult for me to gauge what's going on as I'm not engaged with this audience at all.
I've also stopped releasing books as the featured system seems to mean that views are weighted in favour of authors with bigger reach and output, so it's feeling a bit rigged now despite us all having an equal chance to do well opening day when the featured section wasn't in operation.
It's left me really confused about which roads to go down now. I'm not querying agents or publishers while I don't have anything new to offer but I feel like I have made a "connection" of sorts with readers and would love to know what they think. Given there wasn't a paywall involved with free books, I also checked SW wasn't subject to bot downloads and they confirmed they had checks in place for this, so it's not like some trawler is out there reposting my stuff to pirate websites.
I'm not sure what to think or how to account for this spike so any ideas would be helpful, if there are any.