Competing with thousands of e-books in the same genre is difficult, but I did. I came in #9 on the Top 100 Free downloaded books on Amazon a couple weeks ago. I advertised all over Facebook, Twitter, and a few websites. I intend to stretch that to other free promotion sites my next round, and then again to some paid ones the round after that. Trying different ideas as I go. So far I’m content with my free run. I had nearly 600 downloads in ONE day over five separate countries. I’m not entirely sure how successful that is, however, I have read many authors on their first free runs have that many downloaded over their five days stretch rather than in one day. If that’s the case I did something well. If not, I can only get better.
That being said, it takes a lot of effort to continually build your reader base. I feel like there are days I sit here all day following, liking, and sharing everything I can that makes sense. I like to post free books and fun graphics, support the book clubs I follow as they have supported me. There is always something on my Facebook Page or Twitter as far as that goes. You have to keep it interesting though, and I have decided to bring in more blog traffic by offering author interviews. I also have contests/giveaways scheduled in the future.
What I am asking from my readers and fans is simple, I want to provide you with more free opportunities and prizes, but to do so I really need a reason to offer these items. How you can help me and any other author is follow on Twitter and RT once in awhile if its suiting. Like Facebook Pages and share the page and posts as they are relevant. Last but not least, leave reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It truly is a great way to thank an author. My current goal is to achieve 500 likes on Facebook to release Serissa for free again. Reviews are always helpful here as well!
I also had the fortunate opportunity for my first ARC recently. I wasn’t able to quite finish it before it went live on Amazon, but I enjoyed what I started and fully intend to finish it! This is from a recent author friend Marcia Meara, her debut novel is Wake-Robin Ridge. Head on over and pick up a copy today!
“A PHONE RINGING AT 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news . . . Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.”
On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.
As their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of a murder committed decades earlier. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another.
A story of evil trumped by the power of love and redemption, Wake-Robin Ridge will transport you to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and introduce you to characters you won’t soon forget.
Thank you for all the support, it is genuinely appreciated. In return I have pulled out my most recent edited copy of book two in the series, Serissa’s Song, and am getting ready to go over it. I hope for a winter release, so if you haven’t already you’ll want to get book one in sometime in the next few months. Don’t forget Amazon Prime members can currently borrow my book Serissa for free!