I’m up! I’m awake! I’m rested and caffeinated! That is a recipe for a very productive day.
The giveaway for ‘Fin’s Magic’ officially ended last night. Overall, I call it a success. The book was downloaded quite a bit, and hit best seller lists on Amazon in both the U.S. and overseas. It actually climbed as high as #5 in Spain, and #4 in Germany!
In other words, I came very close to being able to say my book was #1 somewhere in the world.
Yes, it was free. And I know that overseas rankings work a little differently than U.S. ones. A book can be in the top 100 from a single sale.
Still, I was close. So close that I realized how much I wanted that top slot.
There’s 5 more weeks of sales and freebies coming. This coming weekend (10/24-10/26), “Permafrost” will be free. Who knows? Maybe that one will give me that magic number.
Putting a book on sale or free is not for everyone. Some will think it’s giving money away. I see it differently. Being that I’m still waiting to be found by readers, it gives me the chance to put my titles into the hands of someone who wouldn’t have taken a risk on me if they’d had to spend money. It’s someone reading my book who would’ve passed before.
Let’s face it, we all can be cheapskates on occasion. Readers are no different. They want a bargain. They want to feel their money is well spent. If they can get one book of mine for free, who’s to say they won’t like my voice. And go search my name on Amazon. Now, they’re thinking of buying a book instead of getting it for free.
Just like postcards and bookmarks, free and sales are promotions. They put your book into the hands of the readers. At the end of the day, that’s what’s most important.