|R.L. Mathewson's promotional banner
in Romance section of Apple iBookstore.
For the last few weeks, R.L.'s books have been rising in Apple's store-wide bestseller lists. As I write this, she holds three of the top 20 slots in their store-wide bestseller list.
We interviewed R.L. Mathewson July 7 here in the Smashwords blog. Her books had been in the iBookstore for several months, and they were selling a respectable five or so copies a day, and then starting in early June sales suddenly took off.
In the interview, R.L. credited updated covers as the initial spark for the breakout. It's likely her improved covers caused more readers to take a chance on her, and then things snowballed, driven by strong reader word-of-mouth and fantastic customer reviews at Apple. Each of her eight books at Apple average 4.5 stars or greater out of five.
|R.L. Mathewson's promotional "brick"
on main Apple "Featured" page
Now that our friends at Apple are putting promotional weight behind R.L.'s titles, she's likely to reach an even broader audience.
The Apple promotion has a few elements to it. On Apple's Romance page, they created a large banner that is one of several rotating banners.
On the right side of the banner is a list of rotating "bricks," which are small author-specific promotional images that rotate. Apple create a promotional brick for R.L. that links to a listing of all eight of her books. Readers who visit this page for even a few seconds will have multiple chances to discover R.L.'s books.
Apple also placed the brick on their main "Featured" page, which will provide R.L. even greater exposure to Apple's customers.
Congratulations to R.L. Mathewson, and our thanks to Apple for their strong support of Smashwords authors.
Click here to browse, sample or purchase R.L. Mathewson's books at the Apple iBookstore.
Stay tuned for our next author interview here at the Smashwords blog. We've got an interview with S.C. Stephens, who has also achieved incredible success at Apple and elsewhere. Her title, Thoughtless, is currently #18 in Apple's store-wide bestseller list, and Effortless is at #24.