Permafree: The Voyage Day Four

Started with 840 downloads:

#699 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Finished with 887 downloads:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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Permafree: The Voyage, Day Three

The trend of downloads was definitely slower today.  At the beginning of day three, The Priest had 610 downloads:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

At the end of day three, The Priest had totaled 812 downloads:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Smashwords is stable at 143 downloads.

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Permafreed!

5 SF Permafree April 2014Yesterday, I contacted kdp’s support and reported that The Priest was free on iTunes and Barnes & Noble. A few moments later a representative answered, telling me they had already matched the price of the title to $0.00. At last, The Priest is officially free everywhere, and since yesterday downloads are trickling in. Below are the results I recorded as soon as the rank appeared. Hopefully, they won’t plateau as they have done on Smashwords, where there’s barely a download a day. Well aware I have a niche product, I am not expecting the thousands of downloads other titles experience, but I’m hoping this is the first step in the right direction to have the series noticed by readers who might be interested in my flare of dystopian.

I should have written down the time of day the changes in the rank happened, but I’m in writing mode and only had time to copy paste from the Amazon page.

TLDR:  At the moment, 10:00 pm, The Priest has been downloaded on Amazon.com 576 times and has reached #5 in the free science fiction bestseller list.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,660 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,252 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,241 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,024 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,368 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,927 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,517 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

 

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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Permafreeing The Priest

granturco e mongolfiereEighteen days ago, I put The Priest for free on Smashwords. The title has been downloaded 119 times so far. Amazon hasn’t price matched yet, but the book is available both on Nook and iTunes for free. From what I understood, I am nowhere near the number of downloads other titles seem to gather overnight. Said so, I’ll try to get Amazon on board and see if it makes any difference. If that doesn’t work, I’ll find something else. Meanwhile, I’m writing the next book. And thinking positive thoughts.

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The Priest is Permafree! Long Live The Priest!

576x768_thepriestSince yesterday, The Priest is available on Smashwords for free. As I explained in previous posts, I am working on widening my readership, and it seems that having a series of three or more books begs for a permafree. I am not sure what to expect exactly from this experiment, since The Ginecean Chronicles are a hard sell to begin with, but if I gain one more reader it would be worth it. At the moment, according to my Smashwords’s page stats, it seems that The Priest was downloaded 34 times. I’ll keep you posted, if anything noteworthy happens. Meanwhile, many happy readings to all of you, and have a fantastic week.

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Friday Snippet, Valentine’s Day Edition

 

Love is Love AlwaysHappy Valentine’s Day, everybody.

I am halfway through writing my first paranormal romance novel and in the best spirit I’ve been in a long time. Changing my method, I have outlined the whole story, down to writing what went in every chapter. My productivity has increased tenfold and I have had days where I reached 5k words without having a brain stroke. Soon, I’ll be starting working on the cover and the blurb.

In other news, Marie’s Journey has gathered two 5 stars reviews from two readers who are loyal to The Ginecean Chronicles.

Linda of the Night’s free promo is still on, and several people told me they enjoyed the short read.

Now, for this romantic day, I’ve chosen a small excerpt from The Last Centurion:

“Did I do something wrong, little thing?” He brushed her eyes with his lips, his hands caressing her body in long soothing caresses.

She lowered her head to his chest, too overwhelmed to find the words to answer him.

“Diana?” He raised her chin with a finger, then left a chaste peck on her closed lips. “Are you okay?”

She nodded and he lowered his head to kiss her again. When he gently pushed at her lips to coax them open, a rush of pleasure made her lightheaded, and she anchored herself to him, grabbing his arms circling her.

He misunderstood her gesture and leaned his upper body away from her. “May I kiss you?”

Diana saw the intensity in his stare, and heard the pleading tone in his voice. She knew he thought he would perish if she denied him that kiss and so she had to tell him her secret. “It was my first kiss.”

It took a moment for him to react to her statement, but his eyes became liquid.

She had to lower hers. “I’ve never been kissed before.”

Without letting go of her, Marcus fell on his knees and pressed his face against her belly, his strong back shaking, his arms tightening around her waist. She passed her fingers through his hair and let her tears flow, then kneeled before him and laid her forehead against his. “Kiss me as you’ve never kissed a woman before.”

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The Main Fact Behind a Free Promo

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The publishing industry has evolved at such pace since I joined this arena that whatever marketing strategy worked two years ago, it doesn’t work anymore. I wasn’t able to find the exact number  of published books per day in the USA, but I wouldn’t be surprised if exceeded the million mark. As an indie author, it is difficult to emerge among a sea of literature that varies from sublime to rotten garbage. I fought the idea of the freebie for a long time, missing the first wave of the tide that two years ago took unknown authors—with a good sized backlist—to stardom.

The publishing industry is evolving, and as an author who wants to succeed so am I. So, I am offering some of my books for free now and then, and I am writing in different genres to branch out and connect with a larger number of readers. Because, at the end of the day, what it really matters is to have my painstakingly written words read. And when you run a free promo and wake the next morning to a lovely review like the one below, it’s all worth it.

Beautiful, short, perfection*

“A love story in a classic style, a good introduction to an author who is new to me.
Nothing more need be said. Read it.”
P.

 

*Review left on amazon.co.uk for Linda of the Night, a day after the title went free.

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