I’m going to talk about the KDPSELECT program today. Firstly, when and why to offer your book for FREE.
Update of the FREE Chum Promotion http://www.amzn.to/HxfJ4M I thought I’d keep you abridged as to how successful this promotion has been thus far. I set out hoping to give away 100 books and break 2,000 on the Amazon charts. This seemed realistic, attainable, and certainly a worthwhile mark to hit. I was also realistic, kept myself prepared for far less. To date I’ve given away 880 in America, 69 in Denmark, 17 in the United Kingdom, 4 in India, and 5 in Australia. Suffice it to say I was overjoyed at this tremendous success, and very thankful. I was able to get to 354 on the Amazon charts last night, and it was welcome news. The next update will be on Friday with the final results. Thank you all.
I was very hesitant to offer my books for free when I started out. I remember thinking ” what is the point of that?” I went a year and a half before even reading up on it. Then I had a knee jerk reaction and did a Yahoo search. What I learned was it is great for building a fan base. Yes, it can be a good thing. Even then I was nervous about it, thinking there goes all those potential sales. Then I just did it, spur of the moment, with my book Chum http://www.amzn.to/HxfJ4M and watched as the number of free copies got larger and larger, it was exciting.
Then a funny thing happened, it worked! A few copies sold in the United States and the United Kingdom, success! I felt inspired by this, happy that I had so many people reading Chum. I mean isn’t that the point? You want the book you labored over to be read? It’s worth a try right?
I enrolled Chum in Amazon’s KDPSELECT program and enjoyed modest, but welcome success. Many ebook writers are struggling. I saw this as a tool to increase my fan base and it did just that.
The key is you must have multiple novels written. It’s important as the sequel will start off at a greater point of saturation. You need this to move your masterpiece up the charts on Amazon. The higher your ranking, the more you’ll sell, simple. You need to get in the top 100 to sell big numbers. I’m still experimenting with this tool, but I feel you should take a minute and consider it. Sitting around waiting for your 1 sale a month to skyrocket, means you’ll be 300 years old when success comes calling. Get motivated and try this.