Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter eBook #2 in Short Stories

I’m still in shock how well the story is doing.  It has been downloaded 2,342 times since Tuesday and is currently #2 in the free Fiction > Short Stories category. (the screenshot below was when it was #3)

Needless to say, Joe and I are thrilled by the response (including two new customer positive reviews).  I keep hoping it breaks into the top 100 Free in Kindle Store… but not yet.

We are working hard on the novel.  It is finished, but much editing still remains.  If you are interested in reading chapters (or the whole thing) and give us your opinion, please let me know.

If you don’t have a copy of the short story yet, grab one for free and let me know what you think.

Sales Report: Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter Kindle eBook

As I mentioned in my first post, I plan to be as open as I can about how my efforts help or hurt sales.  Here is the report for the first 24 hours “selling” Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter as a freebie.

Joe Lemont (a proper introduction is forthcoming) and I have been working hard on the Tanaka novel.   I had wanted the short story to be free as a way to gain readership and hopefully a few sales of the novel.  I learned the best way to make an ebook free on Amazon was to set the price to $0 on Smashwords and then report to Amazon that iBookstore or or whatever has it for a cheaper price ($0).  I also heard it could take weeks or even months for this change to take place.  Not wanting to miss our target launch date of December 15th (we’ll probably have to extend this unfortunately…), I started the process a few weeks ago.

Yesterday morning, I checked sales and saw my normal (non-fiction) titles selling one here, two there.  But there at the bottom, I saw: Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter – 180. 

Ecstatic, I jumped to the Amazon product page and saw the beautiful $0 where .99 had been the day before.  Then I jumped back to the KDP sales page and refreshed.  Two new “sales”! 

Here are the details:

The short story currently ranks in:

#149 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store) [it peaked at #134]
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Short Stories  [this is the best rank]
#23 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers [this is the best rank]

Over the past 24 hours, there have been 1,022 downloads.  It appears right now you need about 1000 downloads a day to reach around #150 ranking for all free ebooks. 

My next moves: Finish the novel; upload the novel; update the short story to include a direct link to the novel (I’ll post how to do that soon); market both ebooks

Now, I have a question:

Do you have any idea why my ebook went from #2,369 (when I first spotted it) to #134 overall?  Surely, not every ebook made free does this?  Or is that the norm for the first day and I should expect it to drop to the netherworld tomorrow?

And secondly, would you be interested in reading some (or all) of the novel and give us your input?  If so, please contact me.

Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter Kindle eBook now FREE at

Grab it absolutely free and let me know what you think!

It is currently #85 in Fiction > Short Stories (7,500 words) and #2,369 Free in the entire Kindle Store.

Update: two hours later (9 AM EST), it is #55 and #1,578.
Update: an hour and a half later (10:30), there are 348 downloads and it is #10 and #473 in the entire Kindle Store (plus #56 in Mystery and Thrillers)
Update: At 2 PM it is #4 in Fiction > Short Stories and #147 overall

From #2,369 to #147 on the first day ain’t bad!