Amazing what a free promotion will do. I decided some time back that I’d make my book, Ghost Stories and How to Write Them free over Halloween. A bit obvious, I suppose, but I’d never done a free promotion and this seemed like a good time.
So it is free from now till 2nd November, give or take a few hours (Amazon operates on Pacific Standard Time, whereas I’m more your Greenwich Mean Time kind of girl).
The promotion started earlier today, and already the book has been downloaded about 130 times across various Amazon sites, and is #1 in the .co.uk site for Writing guides, also #3 in Anthologies. I’ve even made it into the charts on the .com site for the first time ever (#31 in Anthologies). That’s all very pleasing. I’d love it to get into the top 100 free books, so please, away you go and download it if you haven’t already!
Why am I giving away my book? Well, for me self-publishing has been a bit of an experiment all along. I wanted to see how easy or hard it was, what sort of sales figures I could make, and get a bit of a first-hand insight into the effects of marketing. It’s been a fascinating journey – seeing how being featured on a new blog immediately leads to a smattering of sales, watching how both my books sales figures rise by the same amount as people seem to buy both at the same time. The free promotion is just the next stage – let’s see what happens to sales when I make one of my books free.
I’m hoping there might be two results of this promotion:
1. Some people who download the free book will read it, like it, tell their friends and write a review. All this may lead to more paid sales later on.
2. Some people who go to download the book will decide to buy my other book, Short Stories and How to Write Them (only £1.53!) while they are there.
Well, time will tell. I’m keeping records. Meanwhile, I need to keep publicising this promotion. Feel free to help spread the word by blogs, twitter, facebook or even (shock, horror!) word of mouth.
Cally Taylor said:
I’ve tweeted. Will be interested to read your results (I haven’t used my KDP Select free days yet).
I’ll blog next week about the results then. Thanks for the tweet – I really must join Twitter soon!
bridget whelan said:
I’ve tweeted too. Think twitter is good for passing on information and encouraging readers to visit your blog. Good luck with your promotion. I will follow this with interest.
Viv Hampshire said:
Good luck, Kath. When I tried a free promotion over 5 days for my self-published novel, it was downloaded more than 800 times. I only got 2 or 3 reviews on Amazon out of that lot! I think sometimes people download a book because it’s free but then leave it on their kindle for ages before getting around to reading it. Hopefully with yours being so topical at Halloween, everyone will read it right now! I tried desperately to make the top 100 free books list, thinking that then loads more buyers would see it, rather than just my own facebook friends, but I didn’t quite get there. Hope you can do better! The whole KDP thing is a great experiment in marketing and I found it very exciting to watch the results, hour by hour, over my 5 days.
I think you’re right, Viv – a lot of people snap up free books but don’t necessarily ever read them. I was hoping by timing my promotion around Halloween it would help ensure that at least some who took advantage of the freebie would read it straight away.
At the moment it doesn’t look as though I’m going to get into the top 100 – am sliding down the rankings now. But it is exciting and informative watching what happens.
Hipolito Chaple said:
I have to tell you that it’s hard to find your posts in google, i found this one
on 13 spot, you should build some quality backlinks
in order to rank your webiste, i know how to help you, just search in google – k2
seo tips and tricks