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Thanks to KDP select everyone is doing free days for their books now. To combat having to be exclusive, lots of authors are putting one of their novels on perma-free (usually the first in the series) by letting amazon price match after they've set it free on smashwords, etc. I've been against this for a long time because people who download free rarely turn into buyers (from everyone i have talked to the average seems to be between 5 and 10% - some authors have better luck and some worse - that download the freebie and go on to buy the next book(s)) but I have finally given up and and have set my novel Shades of Gray as a freebie. And what have I learned? Just setting your book to free doesn't do anything. Okay, truthfully I already knew that because I have three perma free books whose downloads have slowly declined over the years as more and more books have gone free (they have been averaging around 20 downloads a month lately, in fact), so I have submitted the freebie listing to some sites, and I got super lucky and some picked it up all on their own. Anyway, thought I'd share my data so far:
Nov 13, 2014
posted blog which posted to FB (both pages) and twitter.
At some point it posted on ereaderperks - http://www.ereaderperks.com/handpicked-kindle-kobo-nook-freebies-fo...
it's also listed on http://www.ereaderiq.com/
http://www.freereadfeed.com/ at noon
SOLD - 20 FREE - 769
I posted links on twitter and pintrest
At some point it appeared on weberbooks.com - http://www.weberbooks.com/kindle/2014/11/14/free-kindle-book-editor...
Appeared on a pinterest board at some point - http://www.pinterest.com/sstogner1/ebook-freebies-and-deals-check-p...
Peaked at number #5 in the paranormal romance free category & #207 Free in Kindle Store
SOLD – 16 FREE - 756
It was still #5 in the paranormal romance free category
featured on eBook Daily as young adult (eek!!) http://ebookdaily.com/free-kindle-ebooks/2014-11-15/B002RHP5D6
SOLD 24 Free - 420
At this point it was still #6 in the paranormal romance free category
Otherwise no real advertising I know of
SOLD – 16 FEE – 244
No real advertising
SOLD- 6 FREE – 192
No real advertising
SOLD - 3 FREE -128
So what did I learn? The more place it posts, the more downloads you get (knew that), and so far my % is a lot lower than 10% ;) But it's unlikely that people have had time to read the books, so I imagine any purchases were either compulsive shoppers who grabbed them because they are also reduced (for .99 each) or people who had part of the series but not all (I have had some messages from people saying they did this) so... it's too early to tell if this is going to be worth it or not, but I figure the 2318 people who downloaded Shades of Gray for free weren't going to pay for it anyway, so I am not really out anything, and I've made 47$ in royalties, which the last couple of months I most certainly have not been doing with virtually no web presence and zero advertising. Now I just need to suck it up and pay for a few good advertising spots....
Your reality check is quite sobering. I will try not to get my hopes up too high for my launch. I am glad you are selling books, but I would hope that it would be more for all the freebies you give away. At least with that many downloads, there should be many people out there that are becoming familiar with your work. I'm sure that they will be hooked after reading Shades of Gray :-)
|4-LAN, a customer just told us your review was helpful to them while shopping on Amazon.
February 28, 2015
As far as book reviewing goes, I tend to get more views on my review blog when I post on a regular basis. I am hoping to be able to stick to one book per week. Hope you guys can stop by and post a comment on this week's edition of What I Am Reading
Getting free books and posting reviews is working for me :-)
Check this one out!
I am working for you. Imagine a site where people can view your book trailer and find you by content. Post yours up for FREE today!
Thanks, I'll have to check it out!
Just recently uploaded part of my book to Wattpad. I will let you guys know if I get any feedback.
But enough about me. I am working for E.G. Manetti tonight. Please stop by and post your comments on the review.
good luck with wattpad! and great review!