FREE on KINDLE – “The Recluse Storyteller” Oct 6-9

My second novel, “The Recluse Storyteller” is FREE on Kindle (RIGHT NOW!) and for the next four days.

What do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing!

What do you have to gain? Hopefully a great read!

Please click on the LINK here and pick yourself up a free copy. Check out the reviews, too!

And if you could share this with friends, I’d be greatly appreciative. It’s my way of, hopefully, expanding my readership.

Thanks so much for your support!

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5 Stars for a Free Book: The Recluse Storyteller

“Spellbinding and Powerful. Five Stars.” – M. George, The Kindle Book Review

“Beautiful … could be enjoyed by absolutely anyone. Five Stars.” Myra, Pieces of Whimsy

“This talented author has done it again. Five Stars.” – Dolores Ayotte

“From the very start I was hooked. Five Stars.” – K Lalone

“I have never read a book quite like this. Five Stars.” -Laura, Orchard Book Club

And through May 17, it’s free on Kindle.

Please pass along the word.

Download on Amazon HERE!

 

Beauty Rising 5-Day Free Promotion Starting August 7!

This is it! In anticipation of my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, which is to be released on October 8, I’m excited to offer Beauty Rising Kindle version free for the next five days: August 7-11.

My goal is simple: get Beauty Rising in the hands of as many people as possible. If they read it and like it, hopefully, they will give The Recluse Storyteller a try!

I’m very excited about my second novel (much more about it on the way – including the cover), and hopefully a five day promotion will prime the pump for great things to come.

So watch for it! It’s going free tomorrow! After that, I will be focusing my indie efforts on the launch of book #2.

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An Analysis of Second Kindle Free Promotion

Several weeks back I had only my second Kindle Free Promotion days for my first novel Beauty Rising. I’m finally getting around to thinking through how it went. Here’s what I learned.

First, my first free days (2 of them) were two months after the release of my novel. I had built up some positive reviews by that point, and I went all out with promotion for my free days getting featured on many sites leaving, as they say, no stone un-turned. The results as I had shown on an earlier blog post were unbelievable – nearly 14,000 downloads. Amazing.  #1 in Contemporary Fiction  #2 in Literary Fiction. It peaked at #11 overall in the free category. It was beyond my wildest dreams.

Everything that others said would happen, happened. Sales took off after the free days. Reviews came in, but then sales began to tapper off again.

So three months after that in early May, I decided to try another 2 free day promotion.  I did not expect to attain previous heights for a variety of reasons which I’ll outline below, but I was very curious as to how well I would do.

I contacted the same websites, adding in some new ones and did my best to get out the word about the free promotion.

Well, I was right. Not nearly as good, but still good.  The downloads were only 1/7 what they were the first time around.  Why? Well, a lot of the reasons were easy to figure.

1) When you use the approximate same sites, you start getting saturated to the point that everyone who wanted your book free has it already.  The pool is smaller.

2) The website pool was actually smaller. In between Feb and May, as many have written about, Amazon changed their policy and their affiliates were required to significantly increase their referrals to Amazon on books that were not free. Therefore, some sites that exclusively promoted free books could not remain open anymore. Others had to become much more selective in who they promote.

But still, more than 2000 downloads for two days was quite satisfying for me. That’s another 2000 people who has seen my book cover, has seen my name, and have unconsciously tucked away in their brain any subliminal content from my book cover that tries to lure people to buy my future books. (OK, perhaps that last part is not true.)

So it worth it?

Yes. For an unknown author like myself, free promotion days still remain an excellent way to build exposure, and there is nothing more important than exposure for an indie author – except, of course, for a well-written, engaging book.

Will I do it again? I don’t know. It will be interesting to see how the Amazon affiliate changes effect the long-term outlook for indie authors like myself. It has become more difficult to get exposure in the short-term, but perhaps, as some people have suggested, that .99 will become the new FREE. That would be good for authors like me, and for the entire industry.  A  99 cent book is like a candy bar for your soul – and it takes much longer to eat and digest.  It might also mean that some ‘starving writers’ can eat too!

But for now, in my opinion, the Kindle Free Promotion has been the most powerful tool to build a readership for my future works.

Will it work?

We shall see.

Ultimately, I hope my success as an author comes down to one thing and only one thing: quality writing that readers want to read.

I’m working on it!

 

 

Pick up some FREE spy intrigue

Spy Blue, the novella I wrote based on the play I wrote with 5 young writers, is free on Kindle for the next two days.

If you like a fast-paced read with lots of plot twists, then check it out!

Plus, when a key plot element is a 45 record of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” it can’t be that bad, can it!

Get it free here: http://www.amazon.com/Spy-Blue-A-Novella-ebook/dp/B004N62MDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359813778&sr=8-1&keywords=Spy+blue+novella