I’m an author. I want people reading what I write, but for the most part, it seems that people will only read what I write if it’s free. Enter KDP Free promotions. Some indie authors have had spectacular results with this promotion, so I thought I would give it a try.
Here’s a recap of my first try. Offered the book for free on April, 2012 – and only that one day. That happened to be a Sunday which, I found out later, is not going to do much for sales. On that one day, though, nearly 300 people downloaded it, and it hit the Top 100 Kindle Free list. I didn’t think that was too shabby for a first-time author giving KDP Free a try for the first time ever.
Here’s what happened after the promotion. The day after, I made four sales, at the price of $2.99. But then I got the idea that I wanted to edit the book and revise it a little (I found several typos and some other issues – a sign that my writing has improved over the six years since I wrote it), so I lowered the price on this first version. I tweeted like crazy, and I still only made three additional sales over the next month. Oh yes. I changed the title of the book, too, which may have caused great confusion among the original downloaders and the Amazon community at large. I’m just not sure.
A month later, I still don’t have ANY reviews (which also won’t help your sales) – not even one-star reviews. Amazon readers don’t love my book. They don’t hate it. It just doesn’t show up on their radar at all.
Still, I had four more free days left, so I decided to schedule another promotion around my husband’s birthday (another mistake, since his birthday falls on a Thursday – my book will be free through Saturday, and the biggest sales occur on Friday and Saturday!). Oh well. Live and learn, right?
Maybe. I’ll post more about the results of this second campaign later. I’ve tweeted the deal, posted it on some Facebook pages, and am writing about it (obviously) on this blog. If you find this today (or tomorrow or Saturday), go download my book, if you’re interested. I’d love to hear what you think. Really, I would!
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