Does it work to put
your book for free on Amazon? Is it a good idea to belong to a group when your
book goes free?
to me. In March I joined the Indie Book Collective Lucky Days Free Par-tay
along with many other authors. One of the requirements to be involved in this
promotion was that I had to put my book “My
Cheeky Angel” into the Select program on Amazon. In this way I could
manage my promotion for those exact days.
of best-selling author Carolyn McCray.
She is brilliant at what she does…and that is to guide the group through
all the steps we needed to take in order to have a successful par-tay. She
explained these steps in a series of Webinars where she gave us advice on our
categories and covers, how to set up our book descriptions on Amazon and the
best way to present the inner workings of our book like reviews, advertising
our other work, etc. both in the front matter and the back.
March started, My Cheeky Angel was ranking around #240,500. Once she explained
how to set my categories properly, within a few days the book had dropped to
#140,000. I was shocked, and right then I decided I had made a good choice to
be involved with this group. As the days drew closer, her committee of
hard-working, very dedicated people had all of us busy setting up
cross-promotion for the others in the par-tay and social media blurbs for
twitter and facebook, etc.
came free, and the website she’d designed came live. I watched in amazement as
the downloads for my book went crazy. It was fantastic. Then the ranking
dropped and on my best day I hit #552 in the free books and was #1 in two
different categories and #2 in another. I walked around in shock for
days…nothing I could do for myself would have ever gotten me these numbers. And
I knew it!
*Amazon does allow for
the free downloads to affect the ranking once your book is off the free slot,
but not on a one to one basis. It’s changing all the time, and the last I’d
heard (just a supposition mind you) that every 50 free downloads would be the
same a one book sold.*
I waited with bated breath to see what would occur. And I’m happy to say that
the book levelled off for quite some time at around the #5,000 mark and then
sadly, it began to climb back up. The last I looked, it was approximately
the next par-tay which is happening in two days. Can’t wait to see what ensues
with my new release “His
Devious Angel” which is the second in the Angels with Attitudes
series. The first novella of my Vicarage Bench Series, “She’s
Me” will be available also.
I’ll report back on what happens as far as the
numbers go…but right now She’s Me is ranking at #117,244 and Devious Angel is
sitting at #82,810. If you’re interested to track it with me, you can watch
each day of the par-tay and see for yourself what a difference it’ll make.
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