Friday I listed my first ebook (300 Miles to Galveston) for free on Amazon. I’ve done this many times since it was published in December 2012. It’s the key reason I’m exclusive to Amazon; for five days out of every three months, I can offer my ebooks for free, to build readership.
Normally 50-100 people grab one of my free offerings, and then a handful buy the sequels. I’m content if I average selling a book a day, over the course of the month. I’m a new writer with no advertising, and I’m just trying to stay relevant.
Friday, September 26, during a one-day giveaway, there were 2,455 downloads.
Over the weekend, 81 people bought one of the sequels. I’ve never sold that many in a weekend.
At the peak, I was #55 — not in some obscure science fiction/post-apocalyptic sub-category, but across all of Amazon’s ebooks.
Of course, I’m thrilled… but I have no idea why this happened.
I didn’t put out an advertisement. I don’t have thousands of followers on this blog. My Google notification bot didn’t tell me of any new references to me or my books on some popular bookclub website.
So, thank you, new readers, for giving my work a look, and thanks especially to those who invested in a second book.
I just wish I knew how we met. 🙂