I wish I knew how we met


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. πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “I wish I knew how we met”

  1. BookBub sent me the link too. I read the great reviews and that is what inspired me to download it. I’m so glad I did! I’m loving it and definitely plan on buying the rest. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! That’s wonderful. Glad to meet you, and now I know where to spend some advertising money, someday. πŸ™‚

      Rick Wiedeman (mobile)


    2. Yes, It might be worth the investment. I get amazon because I’m a prime member and own a kindle. But a lot of people are not amazon savy and that’s where BookBub fills the gap. I also think good book reviews are very important. Because there are so many free book downloads and don’t have room for them all. If a book has great reviews from other users then I’m more likely to download. The more reviews the better. So keep encouraging your fans to leave great reviews. I know I will. πŸ™‚

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