I'd like to offer a free sample chapter from later in my book, besides the front content that Amazon shows. Does anyone know if that's possible? If anyone has done it, please let me know how. Thanks in advance.
No. At Amazon, that's what you get. If your book is in Select, you have to be very careful about offering any other excerpts, and if you do a whole chapter, you may have trouble. If you're not in Select, you can put whatever you want wherever you want (blog, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc.).
I would also caution you about the whole idea of needing a later chapter.
As a reader, if I checked your preview and you'd organized it to be Chapter 7, I'd wonder what's wrong with Chapters 1-6. At a minimum, I'd wonder why it takes you 7 chapters to get to the good stuff. I'm sure I'd move on.
[b]I would also caution you about the whole idea of needing a later chapter. [/b]
Yes, that is also VERY good advice!
If it takes seven or eight chapters before your book gets to "The Good Stuff", I guess your book would be termed a "slow starter" and that may not be a good thing.
I have seen books that start with a one page preview that has a particularly interesting or juicy bit that is designed to make the reader into plowing into the story that provides the background and foundation for the previewed action, but that is sort of a "retro" way of doing things.
It used to be that books were designed to be a relaxing enjoyment – something that could be savored – but now, everything is rush rush rush rush rush and most people want to get to "The Good Stuff" when they read because they don't have time to ease into a story.
I doubt very seriously that a book that starts with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…" Would make any sort of splash in today's literary combat zone.