Monday, September 16, 2013

A Small Favor and a Bigger One...


So this week I get a reality check. Anyone want to take bets on whether I'm delusional or if I might be onto something. Say WHAT? You say...

Well see THIS WEEK I am offering up my first FOR FREE and releasing my second in my Shot in the Light serial.

The questions go something like this:

Can I give it away? (how many downloads will I get with that FREE pricetag?)

And if I DO give it away, will it lead to PURCHASES?

I could use all of your HELP on that front. [Note: This is the BIGGER favor] Anyone willing to share THIS, would be HUGELY appreciated!

Buy Link

The LITTLER favor:

Could you please, even if I sent you one for free, click BUY on Thursday. It's free. It's easy. And I am HOPING that click will help me get a good ranking on the old free book thing... It is one of those things Amazon adds to their promo algorithm.


In Other Attempts...

I sent a copy of book 2 to anyone who reviewed book 1 by yesterday—I don't know what the 'sweet spot' is for number of reviews, but I DO know that Amazon takes it into account when they are promoting. I think if there are enough reviews, then THEY do my advertising FOR ME. That's where I want to be. But I think the number of reviews needed is like 30.

It got a couple people to post reviews, so it worked on some level.

16 comments:

Old Kitty said...

This Thursday, you say? Sure!! Thank you lovely Tart!! Take care
x

Sean McLachlan said...

The common wisdom is that offering the first of a serial for free leads to sales of the rest, assuming readers get hooked.
It's also a trend for some readers to wait to see if a serial is finished before getting committed. I know I do that. More than once I've gotten burned by series that stopped mid-story. So you might see a jump in sales once the entire series is out, and you should probably do a big promotion when the final chapter is available.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

First one free gets people hooked and they buy the others. Be glad to give you a shout-out on Thursday!

Creepy Query Girl said...

So the first book in the series is free on thursday?

Teresa Coltrin said...

I think this is a great idea--free on the first. Hook them and reel them in.

I'm working on a review and YES I'll download on Thursday.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Might need a reminder (think I'm losing my brain cells), but will definitely hit buy on Thursday. Will you post again Thursday as a reminder?

Yolanda Renee said...

Will do, it's the least I can do, as I am behind on everything else!

Good luck!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Please remind us on Thursday!

Johanna Garth said...

I'm already looking forward to reading part two!

Southpaw said...

I know that I have gone onto purchase more books in a series after reading the first for free. It's a tough decision but I think in the new market it is a fantastic marketing tactic.

Michelle Wallace said...

Click buy on Thursday? Easy peasy. Will do!
Writer In Transit

Siv Ottem said...

If the first book in a series is good I will always buy the others, free or not. Giving away for free is a good hook to sell your other books. Good luck! Send out a reminder on Thursday and I will do my part.

Hart Johnson said...

You guys rock! I will absolutely remind you Thursday!

Helena said...

I'll be only too happy to click BUY on Thursday. And by the way I am SO SORRY I haven't had a chance to read and review A Shot in the Light yet. I promise to as soon as possible.

Timothy Hecht said...

“It is not safe to be the enlightened one”.
I know this truth well.
I have the gift or shall I say curse, of vision.
Sometimes I wish that, I could not tell.

Tina said...

Of course I'll help, both with the graphic and the download. Now can you help me with some extra reading time? Thanks.
Tina @ Life is Good