In March I used my last 3 days of KDP Select and got lucky. I reached the Kindle top #100, #1 in Police Procedurals and Top #10 in the Thriller and Suspense categories.
March was fantastic! That's all I can say. After giving away just over 21,000 books I sold over 2,000 books the first three days coming out of Free.
Sales are slowing, but at a much slower rate then I was anticipating. THE NINTH DISTRICT is still in the top 1000 kindle downloads. I'm selling more books in a day then I sold in a month since I published the book last June.
I still believe KDP Select is one of the best things an independent author has in their marketing arsenal.
I opted out of KDP Select after my 90 days were up, April 2. It has cost me because my book is no longer eligible for Borrows and getting paid from the pool for that. But I decided that I wanted to try Nook again since some readers have been asking for the book, and I was going to take at least two months off before offering the book for Free again. At my current sales levels I won't offer it for free. I'll wait for it to really drop back down where it was before.
So, what am I doing? I'm writing and using the profits from the sales to expand distribution of THE NINTH DISTRICT.
I'm working on doubling or tripling my sales by writing more books. (I really believe the best way to double your sales is to sell two books) I'm working on the second book in the series, a novella series that also will spin out of the first book, and a new stand alone thriller (the first in an Action Adventure series).
I'm also working to expand sales of THE NINTH DISTRICT. I'm in talks with two translators to see if one of them is qualified to translate the book into Spanish at a price or royalty split agreement we can agree on, I have a French translator I'm talking with and I have four auditions I'm evaluating for the audio book. If you're independent and would like to look into audio books you should check out ACX - Audiobook Creation Exchange. You can find narrators that will work for a fee or split royalties.