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.

The Main Fact Behind a Free Promo

Linda of the Night: Free Promo

My sweet, YA short love story, Linda of the Night, will be free for three days, starting today. Advertising a short isn’t easy. Although people love stories that can be read in one setting, very few sites are prone to feature them. So far, I have heard back only from Great Books Great Deals and eBookSoda. This morning, I woke to the pleasant surprise of Linda entering the 100 free list in the Teen & Young Adults Romance category, which it means that other sites must have accepted and promoted my short as well. Cheers.

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Linda of the Night: Free Promo

Kindle Countdown Deals: Linda of the Night

Copertina Finale AmazonThe Prince’s Day Out’s  promotion was a complete fiasco, but despite that I let Linda of the Night, my sweet short story (22 pages) to run its Kindle Countdown promo as scheduled. The short is currently priced 99 cents. I like the countdown window that tells you when the price is going to change, and I like the idea of the exposure on the countdown page. This time, I found my title right away. Linda is on page 4. But after selling only one copy, I don’t think there is enough traffic on those pages yet, and I cancelled Pax in the Land of Women’s countdown campaign. Did I miss another train or did I hop on this one too soon? It doesn’t matter. The journey is what is all about.

Kindle Countdown Deals: Linda of the Night