Nothing moves books faster than free

So in this week’s episode of ‘learning to be a writer.’

Last week was Denver Startup week, I knew I’d be busy and not have a ton of time to promote ‘Space Rogues‘ so I decided to try something. Making it free.

A Sale!

Amazon only has two built-in methods to promote your book. A countdown deal (More on that later, when I try it), and a free ebook deal. The free ebook deal basically makes your book free for a week.

Free ebooks move fast

I’ve no frame of reference for what a ‘success’ is in this case, but I moved over 200 books during the week, which is not a terrible number.

Since money isn’t a factor in a sale like this, my hope is that some, even a quarter of those free ebook readers, leaves a review.

A quarter may be far too optimistic, but who knows. Realistically any new reviews will be good (assuming they’re favorable, LOL). Since I think that’s my next big hurdle.

Since ‘Space Rogues‘ isn’t free, I need lots of people reviewing it to make potential buyers feel ok with spending the whole $2.99 I’m asking for.

Free definitely ‘sells’

Free is definitely easier than not

I like that Amazon breaks free and for sale into two colors. Clearly free moves. While I sadly didn’t crack the top 10 (or 100 or 1000) free ebooks, I did get close(ish) around top 1800 :)

As far as I know, I never made it on any Amazon emails or anything like that so the bump was just by virtue of suddenly being free. I’m assuming I at least made it to a front page view somewhere of ‘new free’ or something.

I also have an add running to show on the Kindle store, so that might have helped, I’ve been keeping an eye on it, and it spiked a bit during the free promo. Prior to that and even now, after, the ad hasn’t generated a purchase yet. Hoping that turns around as well (back to needing some more reviews)

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By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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