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I want to thank everyone who participated and took advantage of getting a free copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”.  The first time I did a Free giveaway, less than 450 people took advantage of the opportunity.  This time I did wee bit better… 896!!!

And to all of you who helped spread the word to others about the giveaway…THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!  You gave me the opportunity to reach more people and hopefully turn them into fans.

I know a number of people will be saying, “Gee… too bad those weren’t actual money sales.”  And they would be right.  However, when you’re first-time author and trying to get your name out there, giveaways can be a powerful tool to get a fan-base started.  I’ve heard from a number of people who keep telling me they loved the first book and are looking forward to the next one.

To date: 1408 copies of “THE BRIDGE” are out there in the hands of readers.  Of those about 100 were actual paying sales.  Now most of those people had never heard of me before and took a chance and from what I’ve heard, they were glad they did.  Those new folks are eager to see what I come out with next and will quite likely be willing to not just wait for the free-versions.  Yes, free giveaways are a gamble, but they can pay you back down the road, you just have to be patient.

Remember you’re in this for the long haul.  JK Rowling, Stephen King and other greats did not make millions overnight.  They had to get their names and products out there.  But they had help in the form of publishing companies and agents.  They still had to do a lot of self-promoting as well, don’t get me wrong.  However, even with big name companies to help spread the word, but the authors had to get out there as well.  The same holds true for us Indie Authors.

I know I’ve mentioned all this before in previous posts, but it still holds true.  The greatest marketing tool is you the author.  Go to local bookstores and find out how they choose books to put on their shelves.  Especially local bookstores who may want to feature a new hometown author.  The same goes for radio and television stations.  Check your local ones and see if any want to interview you.  Talk to local libraries and book clubs to see if they want a speaker to talk about e-publishing.  Hold free giveaways on Amazon and Smashwords to increase your reader base.  Those who love your book WILL tell their friends and recommend your work to them.  It all takes time, have the patience and persevere.  That’s all I can tell you right now.

If any of you who read this blog have extra advice please leave those suggestions in the comments section below.  We’re all in this together and sharing our knowledge can help everyone.  Until next time, take care and keep writing.

PS: My next entry will be my thoughts about KDP Select so stay tuned…


Well, as you all know last month I did my first free promo on Amazon, where 400 people snatched up their own Kindle copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”.    Now, one of the things that inspired me to take that risk was the fact that I’d read in many different articles and blogs, that such a promo could help actual paying sales.  Those who grabbed a copy start spreading the word about how much they liked the book and tell others to get their own copy.  I can safely say, I’ve seen a slight increase in the number of actual purchased copies of the book, but nothing astronomical.

So this last weekend I did a special .99 cent promotion which netted about 5 or 6 sales total and that’s all.  Now a number of you may be thinking, “Wow, that wasn’t very impressive.”  And you’d be right.  But, it’s about what I expected because, “THE BRIDGE” is my first book.  I’m still an unknown author.  I did try and foster a following in advance and build up anticipation and interest in the book and look at the total results.  To date, about 500 copies of my book are out there, which to me is rather impressive for a first timer.  The book has been garnering mainly 4 and 5 star reviews, 13 on Amazon and 15 on Smashwords.  Now only 3 of those reviews came after the free giveaway.

That might sound discouraging to some people, but I’m not looking at it that way.  When you do a free giveaway, most people are loading up their Kindles with books that they will eventually read.  A lot of those people who downloaded my book, still haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I know this, because a number of them have told me this is the case.  They message me and to say, ‘You’re number ( ) in my reading list, but I’m looking forward to your book and getting back to you about it afterwards.’

So, I have reason to hope for more reviews and that these folks will be so excited by what I’ve done, they’ll not only be dying to see the next installment (which is something I keep hearing from those who have read “The Bridge”).  But I’m also hoping they’re going to be spreading the word about it and the upcoming sequel to all their friends and networks, which will in turn translate into more sales.

Remember when it’s only your first or second book, you’re still building a fan base which takes time and patience.

Now, I do plan to do one more free giveaway on Amazon sometime in August, before my exclusive KDP Select contract expires.  Once it does expire, I’m bringing “THE BRIDGE” back to Smashwords, Nook, Apple and other e-readers.  I’ve already had a number of inquiries of when the book will be available in those formats, so I’ve still got more prospective customers to come.

On the other hand, I do have one concern and that is, “Have I hit my limit of possible customers in my current “sphere of influence?”  I’m always interested in getting the word out about my book out to more and more people, but I’m starting to run low on ideas of how to make that happen.  I’ve done LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, press releases, contacted radio and newspapers (with minimal results on these two but I’m still trying).

So, if any of you have suggestions, please leave them down in the comments section for me and other readers to learn from.  Remember, we’re all in this writing thing together and one of the main purposes of this blog is to share ideas and experiences.  So don’t be afraid to share or ask questions.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.

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