Island of the Lost, published by Algonquin in 2007, did well in hardback, getting many rave reviews and a film option, but never made it into paperback. This was because the publisher launched it into digital format instead. Over the years since, this eBook has done pretty well, being regularly rated at between 10,000 and 25,000, with occasional forays into the low thousands. It has always been one of the top sellers in nonfiction categories such as "New Zealand" and "Ships."
Suddenly, however, it zoomed, first through the triple digits, and then into the top one-hundred list. Currently, as you can see, it is sitting at # 79, and is number one in Social History.
Why this abrupt popularity? It is all to do with price, I found. For some strange reason, it was discounted to $1.99 for the day. The price reverted to its old $11.99 this morning, but still it is highly rated. (And it is still $1.99 as a Nook book on B and N.)
So how do I capitalize on this? I've published my second castaway book, The Elephant Voyage, with absolutely no fanfare at all, being far too busy for such essential things. Reducing the price is an obvious move. But what next? And what does it portend for my fifth Wiki Coffin mystery, The Beckoning Ice?