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William Evans

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What am I to gain from letting Amazon give out FREE books of mine?
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 5:54 PM
 
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I recently tried one of my novels on the FREE promotion. In just the first day Amazon gave out 504 copies of the novel on 5 different continents. However, two months later I rec'd no revenue from that venture.

Do you really believe that those FREE readers will promote my novel into sales?

Opinions, please.

William
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Posted: Oct 3, 2017 6:36 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
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This has been discussed extensively on these forums.

Of course you get paid nothing for freebie giveaways, It sounds like you moved a lot of books, however, so the cover and genre seem eye-catching. The problem is that the people who downloaded it for free will never buy it, because they already own it.

You don't really get the word-of-mouth effect from freebie giveaways unless you move tens of thousands, because an awful lot of people never read the free books they download.

The only real way to make "free" work for you is to have a series (at least 3 books, more is better) and briefly make the first one free, in the hopes that those who read the freebie will like and buy the rest. You didn't "let" Amazon give your book away, btw, but asked them to do it. Good luck!
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Posted: Oct 3, 2017 6:44 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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You rang a bell. I do have a private eye series of three novels (so far) and will do the first one per your suggestion.

Thanks for the help, but do not understand the sarcasm at the end about 'letting' Amazon give my books away.

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Posted: Oct 3, 2017 6:46 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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Sorry, I didn't mean to be sarcastic, but look at your subject line.
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Re: What am I to gain from letting Amazon give out FREE books of mine?
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 7:07 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
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When using give aways, as CD says, ensure you have a series.

Also in each book, (especially the first freebie) have a section in the back (linked to the TOC) that is titled "Other books by the author" (or similar wording. In this you can put one or two teaser chapters (I usually do the two first) that promotes other works - you can also add a few reviews (I get permission from reviewers to use their reviews)

This works well for me. You can see the menu structure of one book at AMAZON below.

The Great Space Race

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A8A73IO

cheers

Notjohn

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Re: What am I to gain from letting Amazon give out FREE books of mine?
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 3:05 AM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
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Do you really believe that those FREE readers will promote my novel into sales?

No.

Amazon however may have something to gain -- if there are millions of free books out there (and there are!), it may sell more Kindles, push Barnes & Noble further into the ditch, and generally own the world. Then it will cut our royalty to 35 percent, which is where it was pegged from 2007 to some time in 2010, if I remember aright.

Kindle Select is a suicide pact for self-publishers.

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

Good luck! -- NJ

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
William Evans

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Re: What am I to gain from letting Amazon give out FREE books of mine?
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:07 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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Interesting viewpoint
William Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:11 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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I tried your suggestion and now have a very different question.......

I took the 1st of my private eye trilogy and put it out there for the free edition. Remember I told you that I did this once before and there were 504 freebies in the first day around the globe? Well this time there was exactly ONE (1).

I know the first thing in your mind is the reaction to the cover. Believe me, this cover is better than the previous. So, let me hear some feedback on this.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:24 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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Hi William,

I don't know about worldwide downloads being low, but I know I've seen a significant drop in numbers this week on the .com site, which started Monday morning UK time. I put that down to the awful events in Las Vegas on Sunday night. And before anyone jumps on me, thinking I'm complaining - I'm so not. I'm offering a genuine reason for why I think the US market is down this week, as people focus on far more important things than downloading books, while they get over the shock of what happened.

Maybe your timing was unfortunate?

Best wishes. J
William Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:26 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Thank you and maybe we are related? My ancestry is Welch
William Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:28 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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Sorry, this is not an ancestry forum. Again, thanks
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:28 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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Mine is Welsh, so probably not. ;)

(But happy to discuss ancestry anytime! LOL)
William Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:29 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Got me!
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 2:32 PM   in response to: William Evans in response to: William Evans
 
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There's a Steven on here who thinks he could be my brother, so who knows? Maybe a long lost cousin? :)
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