Friday, January 27, 2012
Filed In: A Nice Problem To Have
Late Thursday, as I write this, Spoil of War is #1 -- again -- in Historical Fantasy in the US Apple iTunes store. It's #61 in the overall Science Fiction/Fantasy genre.
It's also #1 in Canada and the UK, and #2 in Australia.
Except that's making the decision whether to put it exclusively into Amazon/KDP Select a lot more difficult. Every time it starts to slip in the rankings there, I think maybe now's the time. Then back up it climbs and I take my finger off the trigger.
As more and more time passes, I'm realizing this book has a special relationship with the iTunes stores that it doesn't have anywhere else (although OmniLit comes close).
Sure, I could probably boost its sales over on Amazon enough to compensate for the lost sales on Apple were I to remove it from iTunes distribution. Apple isn't Amazon, and making the iTunes charts doesn't have the same financial impact. Not anywhere close.
But you know what? I LIKE clicking over to Apple and seeing my book being embraced by the readers there. I LIKE seeing that it's gotten nearly 200 ratings across the stores and that the majority of those ratings are 5 stars. I LIKE visiting my book's product pages there. And I LOVE that my book has found an audience that appreciates it for what it is. Having Spoil in iTunes just makes me feel good.
My business brain says to pull it. My heart says no.
Maybe -- just maybe -- I've finally developed enough wisdom to know that following your heart is sometimes the best business decision you can make.