Let me start off by saying I am not an expert in this. In fact, I’ve never put up my book for free before. This is all new to me! (How exciting.) But, yes, the first novel in The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, is now up for free. My publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, did this to celebrate the upcoming release of the sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, which releases August 25.
Whew. What a summary of events.
At first, I’m not going to lie, I felt like I failed. Like I failed my publisher, my readers, and myself. I’m not even sure why I felt this way, but if I could think about you in relation to my books, I thought, “Well, that’s it. My book didn’t sell, so my publisher dropped it to the big ol’ ZERO. I failed.” Cue my tiny and sad violin.
This was my initial reaction anyway. And it was a silly reaction. In fact, my publisher didn’t make Minutes Before Sunset free because it wasn’t selling. It was selling. Still is. They simply made it free to celebrate. That is it. My own crazy thoughts were just my own crazy thoughts, and I think it’s important, as an artist, to keep those emotional thoughts at bay until you have time to see what actually happens. Easier said than done, of course, but I’m only two days into this free-promo, and I’m loving it!
Within twelve hours, Minutes Before Sunset hit the bestseller category for young adult science fiction, and within 24 hours, Minutes Before Sunset became #5 in Science Fiction. #5! We also hit #7 in Paranormal/Urban Fiction and the top 500 Kindle books overall. It even appeared in the article The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books On Amazon, and the downloads kept coming in as more and more readers shared, liked, and commented on my one Facebook post about it.
I was dumbfounded.
Here I was, thinking I was devalued, when—in reality—it connected me with additional readers who may not have found me otherwise. Lesson learned? I was too concentrated on MY value and not on the READERS’ value. I can admit that, can’t I? I’m only human, after all. A silly writer human (who really loves cats), and now, this silly cat-loving writer-human definitely suggests running a free-promo. You’ll never know how it’ll make you feel unless you try.
On a fun side note, someone attempted to hack my Instagram this week. I regained access, so expect more cat and coffee adventure pics soon. I also had the utmost pleasure of participating in fight research for a novel. I might write a post about that soon, but the trainer gave me a wooden spoon for a weapon. It was awesome.
Now for FIVE giveaway announcements for hitting #5 in science fiction!
Book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, is now free everywhere! Here are the links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. I hope you check it out before the sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, releases in less than a week. (Less than a week!) On that note, you can pre-order the sequel here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. The last installment releases September 15. (So almost no wait time. Yay!)
If you love Goodreads Giveaways, here is the link for winning a paperback of Seconds Before Sunrise, but don’t let that make you forget that you can win another Seconds Before Sunrise paperback (as well as many other paperbacks and prizes) during the CTP Find Your Next Read FB Party on August 28. The little jar on the right is a sneak peek of what you can win. It’s called a “memory jar,” but you have to read Minutes Before Sunset to know why Jessica needs one!
I’m not done either. (Told you there was a lot of giveaways going on.) You can still sign up to support the release day of Seconds Before Sunrise on August 25 to win a signed bookmark and a swag pack from me! Simply join the campaign and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, letting me know you’ve joined. By following my newsletter, you’ll receive monthly opportunities like this.
Last but definitely not least, the Minutes Before Sunset blog tour is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card, a bookmark swag pack, and a CTP eBook of your choice. Here are the latest places you can enter: If You Could Be Any of Your Characters (guest post on Black Words-White Pages), spotlight on Girls With Books, and a spotlight on The Bookie Monster.
I hope you win some prizes during this celebration!
Stay Dark and Lovely,
12 thoughts on “#WW The Emotions of Listing A Book For Free”
Have fun with all the ups and downs!
Having fun so far!
Congrats again on those numbers. Though sorry to hear about the hacker. Free promotions are interesting things. I’ve done a few on my first book and they’re rather hit or miss for me. I think they work best when tied to an event instead of just randomly doing it for kicks. So the new book and the free sale might be promoting each other, which is great.
Thank you. 😀 CTP did it for that reason, to tie it to the CTP Find Your Next Read FB Party on August 28 and the sequel’s release on August 25, so maybe that is why. 🙂 I had no expectations going in, so it’s been fun so far…and definitely an adventure.
Yes, I agree. Listing a book as zero is not labeling it as a failure. It is a terrific marketing ploy! I’ve been following your blog for months. Thanks for the great content. I love how you bare your soul in your posts. I just launched a Kindle Scout campaign for my latest book (https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1PMYID5KFXEY5), and it is terrifying!
Thank you for reading and commenting! I appreciate the time you’ve taken to comment and share your thoughts on your Kindle Scout campaign. Best of luck. 😀
Congrats! Just searched your book on Goodreads and Marked it as To-Read! Hopefully, I can get my hands on it and write a review! 🙂
Thank you! I appreciate your support. The eBook is free everywhere for now. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the read!
Congratulations! So good to see you keep going from strength to strength!
Thank you! I appreciate your kind encouragement. :]
when a reader doesn’t have any money, finding a good free book will send you back when you do have money to spend, especially if you like the author.