SFFMP 71: Blurbs That Sell, 99-Cent Price Points, and Military SF with Amy J. Murphy
Debut military science fiction author Amy J. Murphy joins us to talk about how she had a great run with her first novel (and she’s still having it more than five months later).
Here’s a little of what we discussed:
- Funding a Kickstarter campaign as a new author
- Getting a start with fan-fiction
- Whether she had any challenges publishing military science fiction as a female author
- Some of the pitfalls of letting someone else handle your formatting and uploading your books into the various stores
- Choosing to go exclusive with Amazon KDP Select as a new author
- Using a 99-cent price point on Book 1 to make it easier for readers to try you out and get them locked into the rest of your series
- Combatting the infamous 30/90-Day Cliff on Amazon with drip campaigns (periodically doing an advertising promotion)
- Using TV show names (Farscape meets Firefly with some Indiana Jones thrown in) in the blurb to give people an idea of what they’re getting right away.
- Whether or not sticking keywords in the blurb makes sense and can be done without detrimental results
- Using Kindle Samurai to scope out keywords on Amazon