It seems like I’ve been giving away a lot of books lately. Well, I have…and it’s sort of addicting. 😀 If you’re interested, I am currently giving away book #1 in my pseudonymous suspense/thriller series. Multiples of Six is available for free on Amazon Kindle for a limited time (9/1-9/5). This full-length novel was released under my pen name in 2011 and was well received. There is also an audiobook, which can be added for just $1.99 with purchase of the ebook. Book #2 in the series, Divisible by Six, is on a Kindle Countdown sale during this time as well, for just $1.99. And, last but not least, you can still sign up for a free signed paperback copy of Divisible by Six over at Goodreads. Phew! So much free goodness! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. 😉
So, yeah… BookBub. If you haven’t heard of them, then you’re more than likely not a self-published author. If you have, then you know that running an ad with them can often be a marketing and financial boon. I might have set the record for submitting my book (Multiples of Six by Andy Rane) to them… and getting rejected every time. Well, apparently, they just never wanted me to make money off of it. Every time I submitted, I would offer to lower the price of my novel to $0.99. I submitted to them well over 15 times, perhaps 20. Each and every time, I got the standard rejection letter. So, when my next opportunity came to submit, I broke down and submitted the book as a freebie. And now I’m in. My scheduled day is September 2nd.
Mind you, this isn’t the first time Multiples has been free. It’s just the first time in a very long time. You see, back in the day, when the KDP Select program was in its infancy, going free could be miraculous. My first free day was in February of 2012. I gave away 6700 copies in a single day (thanks to being picked up by Pixel of Ink and Ereader News Today). The next day, the book went back to being $2.99 and sold another 450 paid copies over the next month. It was awesome. A few months later, I ran another promo. This time, I gave away another 9000 copies, but the post-free bump was less than half of what it had been a few months before. Amazon had changed their algorithm. A free sale was no longer equivalent to a paid sale. I ran my last free promotion for that book during the summer of 2012. I gave away another 2500 copies, but saw no post-free bump at all.
I’ll admit, I really didn’t want to go free with that book again. But, now I’m looking forward to it. I only have one other book in that series and maybe it’ll help generate sales and reviews for both.
If you’re looking to promote your book, take a good look at the options. BookBub can be a tough nut to crack into, but the results are well documented. Be sure to check out some of the other sites listed above as well.
Have you had success with BookBub or other marketing sites? Tell us about it in the comments below!
I’m giving away ten (10) signed copies of the paperback version of my pseudonymous suspense/thriller, Divisible by Six, over at Goodreads. Book 2 in a trilogy, Divisible hits the ground running and races to an exciting finish. The fast-paced sequel picks up right where its well-received (avg 4.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon [21 reviews]; avg 3.93 stars out of 5 on Goodreads [44 reviews]) predecessor, Multiples of Six, left off.
If you’re a self-published author with a paperback, I highly recommend doing a giveaway over at Goodreads. It’s a simple and efficient way to generate interest in your book, and you might just get a review or two from it.
Haven’t heard of Goodreads?! Get thee to Goodreads! It’s a great place to do quiet marketing, be part of a book-loving community, and maybe sell a book or two.
It’s been a bit slow in coming, but the paperback version of my suspense/thriller, Divisible by Six (by Andy Rane) will be available in paperback shortly. Created by my good friend, James Cornette, I’ve very excited about finally seeing this book in print. While James isn’t a regular cover designer, he’s an amazing artist and a fan to boot! Major props to him for crafting this awesome cover for me. You should check out his website, especially his sketch work from this year. Awesome stuff. 🙂
Both of the suspense/thrillers that I wrote under my pseudonym (Andy Rane) are on sale through Amazon for the next week (7/1 – 7/7) for just $0.99 each. Hope you’ll take advantage and pick them up or pass the word along to someone you think might like them. They are full-length novels and books #1 and #2 in a 3-part trilogy. Just a word of warning, they are not YA, and thus why they were written under a pseudonym. They aren’t gratuitously violent, but the language is definitely R-rated.