Why isn’t there a pre-order page for Nostalgic Rain?

Pre-orders are great. They build up anticipation and hype for any forthcoming project. But why did I, and many other authors decided not to set up a pre-order page? Simple. First of all, how do pre-orders for a book on Amazon work? First, people notice your book, and then they buy it. They won’t get charged until your book is finally out. So, in my case, if I had set up Nostalgic Rain for pre-orders, people would buy it and only get charged once it’s out – July 1st. When the book is out, it will be instantly installed to their Kindle.

So far, this seems perfect. But this has one downside, and its ugly. All of the purchases prior to launch, (Prior to July 1st) won’t be counted as day 1 purchases. They don’t accumulate and spike on launch date. So let’s say a hundred reader pre-ordered Nostalgic Rain. Each purchase will improve the book’s ranking on the day it has been purchased(even if the book is not out yet). This affects the overall ranking of the book as one hundred books bought over a period of two months is not as good as one hundred books bought on the first week of launch. Dilution of definitive purchases from people who’re interested in your book over a long period of time will negatively affect the performance of your launch, and your chances of hitting a bestseller list (which is hard in either case).



Friday update 0.2 – 1000 Reader Shelved #NostalgicRain as to-read! And More.

Hello #Rainers (i’m good at subtly introducing new words, ehm..)

The last time I ran a giveaway on the glorious writers hub, Goodreads, it had resulted in 2383 reader requesting the novel (I know I repeated that number a lot.) Anyways, experimenting with this site again, yet with fewer copies this time and for a shorter time ( Five free copies instead of ten, and twenty days instead of a month for the availability of the giveaways on the website).

In two days, 750 reader requested the book. This does not necessarily mean that 300+ reader will request the book everyday, as the “Visibility” of the Giveaway decreases by time, until the last two days (or sometimes three), where the widget shows up on the first page in the Giveaways section. We’ll see how things go in the next few days.

Note: So far, 1000 shelved #NostalgicRain as to-read. Woah. 

Finally, there is now a countdown till launch date on the right sidebar of the website, as well as twitter feed and a search bar. Few tweaks here and there just to make the website better.

See you next Friday. Or the one after that.

Friday update 0.1 – Marketing.

Before I start this week’s update- a huge thank you to all of you great people reading and tweeting about the book. It makes me so happy. For real. Now let’s talk numbers. In the last couple of months I have done several things to market the book, I will talk specifically about my experience with goodreads giveaways. For ten copies of Nostalgic Rain, all countries enabled to enter giveaways, these are the numbers:

-2383 reader requested the book.

-886 reader marked the book as “want-to-read”

-4 readers emailed me directly asking for a free copy.

By the way, I have shipped the ten books to the winners yesterday (3 copies to USA, 2 to Canada, 1 to UK, 1 to Bulgaria, 1 to Tunisia and the last one goes to India).

Second giveaways start 22nd of March! How much will this giveaway add to book? I don’t know, really. Hope it goes well.



Hey, it’s A.S Altabtabai.

I have good news and bad ones. Let’s start with the bad- someone claimed yesterday on goodreads that he was me- author of Nostalgic Rain. Upon sending him a message threatening to report an identity theft, he changed his name. I hope this doesn’t happen anymore.

I’m very happy to tell you that there are more than 2300 request for a free copy on goodreads! I’m also glad to tell you that more than 800 reader marked it as to-read. You guys are awesome. Can’t wait till July.




Wednesday’s Update: The Cover Has Been Chosen!

I’ll keep it short. I posted a poll yesterday, asking about “How Cool” was my book cover, designed by Dane, and I got fascinating replies and suggestions. More than 80% of you, as of now, think this cover is good to go. Few more tweaks will be made, and that’s that!

 Thanks for the great suggestions! 

Reminder: Chapter 3 will be posted this monday, 10th of October, here on NostalgicRain.com