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Jessy Salamone

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need to give away free book downloads so I can get reviews
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 7:47 PM
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Y I am trying to figure out how to put my book on Kindle so I can get about 5,000 people to download it for free and I can get responses and advertising by people's reading my book. How in the world do I do that
cdalebrittain

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Re: need to give away free book downloads so I can get reviews
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 8:22 PM   in response to: Jessy Salamone in response to: Jessy Salamone
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If you join KDP Select, which requires that your ebook be available NO where else (click KDP Select at top of this page and read all about it), then you can give your book away for free for up to 5 days every 3 months.

But note that this is a very bad way to get reviews. A lot of people who download freebies never even read them, much less review them. Maybe 1 person in 500 who downloads a free book reviews it.

There are so many free books available that getting 5000 downloads is unlikely anyway. Most people get a few dozen downloads when they use their free days.

The best way to get reviews is to write a terrific book (good story, properly edited, great cover and description), in a genre readers want to buy. If readers love it, they'll say so.
huemann

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Re: need to give away free book downloads so I can get reviews
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 4:35 AM   in response to: Jessy Salamone in response to: Jessy Salamone
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I agree with the first reply here. Offering your book for free does not guarantee it will receive reviews. A well written book that accrues actual sales will increase its chance of receiving reviews, but there simply is no guarantee. Put it in KDP Select for the first three months and see if there is any interest in it to begin with. The people who pay for the service are, quite frankly, more likely to give a review than someone downloading it for free.
Notjohn

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Re: need to give away free book downloads so I can get reviews
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 12:46 PM   in response to: Jessy Salamone in response to: Jessy Salamone
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My own rule of thumb is that I might get one review for 100 sales (not borrows on KU, and certainly not freebies).

People are reluctant to write reviews of physical books, and in my experience it's even harder to get reviews of ebooks, and just about impossible to get reviews of books the reviewer hasn't paid for.

Here's a useful blog post on promoting your book: https://insights.bookbub.com/marketing-a-new-book-tactics-authors-publishers-love

And one on getting the most out of your Amazon store listing: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/03/07/sell-more-books-on-amazon/

And a somewhat biased look at the whole process of self-publishing (you can ignore the BookBaby promotions): https://www.bookbaby.com/pages/pdf/5-Steps-To-Self-Publishing.pdf

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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