My Amazon Free Day Kindle Countdown Deal Book Experiment Results March 31-April 4, 2017!

Last year I did an experiment with a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon where I lowered the price of one of my books.  But that was soooo 2016.  What am I doing now for fun?  This year I tried the FREE Kindle Countdown Deal promotion to see what would happen. Curious? Read on….

Hello, everyone!  If you’re a reader of my books, this post might be boring and I apologize for that.  If you’re a writer who has books on Amazon, you might find this post a bit more interesting.  If you’re not a reader OR a writer, then you’re missing out.  Books are wonderful!

But I digress.  The purpose of this blog post is to share the results of my Amazon Kindle Freebie Countdown Deal.  In case you have no idea what that even is, I’ll explain.  If you have a book enrolled in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Program, they let you put it on sale for a week while still receiving your same royalty.  (Most people usually have books priced at $2.99 or higher and receive a 70% royalty.  Amazon lets you price your book at 99 cents for a week and still receive the 70% royalty for this special “countdown deal,” instead of the 35% royalty you would normally receive if a book was priced at only 99 cents.)

Amazon ALSO lets you price a book for FREE for a week.  Normally Amazon doesn’t like you to give stuff away for free, because they can’t make any money that way.  I’ve heard of authors giving away books for free and I honestly thought they were crazy.  Most writers normally do this when they have a series out…give people a taste of the first book for free and they’ll want to pay for the rest of them.  I can respect that as a solid strategy. I’m always up for trying new marketing ideas.

HOWEVER, I worked damn hard on my four full length novels and I didn’t really WANT to give them away for free.  Also, my best-selling book, MOWED, is only 99 cents to begin with, so it’s not like I’m asking for an arm and a leg.  Thus begs the problem…what am I giving away for free if I refuse to do that with a full length novel?

Fortunately, I have a 76 page 14,000 word short story that I just released a few months ago (February of 2017).  I was feeling like I needed a challenge, so I decided to do an entire story (from concept in my mind to fully edited and published on Amazon) in a week.  Thus “My Dirty Crown” came into existence.  Since I only spent a week of my life creating the book, I didn’t feel bad about offering it up for free.  It’s normally 99 cents on Amazon.

I’m sorry that I’m so long-winded, because I know you’re thinking, “I don’t CARE about your book, lady…get to the part where you tell me the results of your free day!  I haven’t got forever to read your ramblings.  HURRY IT UP!”

Fine.  Gee.  Settle down, already.  We’re getting there.

Okay.  So I googled around for places to promote my free book for FREE.  Yes, you read that right.  I am sure as hell NOT paying to promote a book that I’m giving away for free.  In my opinion, that’s insanity.  I know you might not agree at all, but that’s just my school of thought.  NOTHING, and I mean absolutely NOTHING, that I did to promote my free book cost me one dime.

I submitted my free book (It’s in the genre of women’s fiction/action adventure/comedy romance) to the following 18 websites  (I made sure to submit it at least 2 weeks in advance):  bookhearts.com, ebooklister, bookscream, bookzio, choosy bookworm, ebookshabit, ebookasaurus, kindle book promos, ebookmountain, itswritenow, indie book of the day, lovelybookpromotions, one hundred free books, frugal freebies, people reads, new free kindle books, freebooks.com, and reading deals.  I paid NOTHING at any of these sites, instead choosing to take my chances with the free option and NOT upgrade to a “guaranteed paid listing.”

In order to give you a fancy statistical breakdown of what I did each day, and my final daily results, we’ll break this down by day.

Friday, March 31, 2017.  Day one of the Amazon Free Countdown Deal.  The book started the day with no rank at all.  I assume that’s because it was freshly added to the “free category” and took a while to get ranked.  I “bought” a copy just to get the ball rolling.  I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to call it when someone downloads the book.  I can’t call it a “sale” or a “purchase” since no money was involved.  For argument’s sake, we’ll just go with “downloads” because that’s easiest.  So, I “downloaded” a copy.  I was surprised to see three downloads already with no promotion at all on my part.  I went online to Facebook, where I posted the freebie on my author page AND my personal page at about 7am.  I also posted it in 13 different Facebook groups.  Fourteen of my Facebook friends were kind enough to “share” the post.  (Thanks, people!)  One of my Facebook friends is an AMAZING book pimper who’s in a ton of groups and she posted my book ALL OVER THE PLACE in at least 30 other groups (Love you, Steph!).  I had to quit spamming Facebook and go to my “day job” where I actually make money.  I did sneak some peeks at the internet throughout the morning.

9 am – 36 units

10 am  – 45 units…finally I have a ranking….#2233 in “Free Kindle Store.”

12 pm – 79 units, ranked #1495 in free books

1 pm – 93 units, ranked 1344 in free books

3 pm -112 units, ranked 1046 in free books

5 pm -121 units

9 pm- 148 units

10 pm – 155 units.

By the end of Day one, with no promotion outside of Facebook, I had 172 downloads.  Not bad.  I expected this number to SKYROCKET once the newsletter websites began to hit.

Let me first explain that I wanted to do this experiment scientifically.  I needed to be able to track WHERE my downloads came from.  In keeping with this goal in mind, I submitted the book information to the websites listed above, requesting promotion dates of April 1 to April 4, thus leaving March 31 free to see how I could do on my own, ONLY through Facebook.  That’s how I know that my book was on NO OTHER websites for Day One.

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel like I should also let you know how many of my other books I actually SOLD and how many page reads I had (in case you want to see if I had a spike in sales from the free days.)

Total sold books: 3    Total Page Reads: 1262

Saturday, April 1, 2017.  Day 2 of Amazon Free Promo.

7am – 8 units

1 pm – 62 units

10 pm – 119 units

By the end of the day I had 134 total downloads.  Where was the skyrocket I had hoped for?  Good question.  It never happened.

What sites chose to advertise my book?

Ebookasaurus, ebooks habit, ebooklister, it’s write now, and frugal freebies ALL had my book on their website.  BookScream featured me in their newsletter.  (I absolutely LOVE BookScream.   Great newsletter that usually always features me.) I’m not entirely sure if the other sites had me in their newsletter, or just listed me on their site.  I believe it doesn’t make much of a difference to merely be listed on the site, because who goes to those sites every single day and checks for new books?  I’m not sure.  But I was very grateful to be listed and I appreciated any exposure I could get.  THANK YOU SITES THAT FEATURED ME!

Total books SOLD for the day: 3    Total Page Reads:  1007

Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Day three of promotion.

By now I was starting to realize that the promotional websites were not going to cause me to magically hit the jackpot, so I got off my butt and started spamming Facebook groups.  By 11 am, I had only had 20 downloads, so I got to work.  I posted my book in 43 Facebook groups.  It was also on the New Free Kindle Ebooks website.

By the end of the day, I had a whopping 37 downloads TOTAL after all my copy/pasting in groups and having the scary threat of Facebook cracking down and throwing me in jail (which has happened before).  This time Facebook played nice and I didn’t even get so much as a warning.

Total books SOLD for the day: 8    Total Page Reads: 2373.  Sweet!

Monday, April 3, 2017.  Day four of promotion.

Okay.  After all the time spent at the computer over the weekend, I was honestly starting to get burned out and was too lazy to do anything.  My book appeared on the Lovely book promotions website.

Total free downloads for the day: 18  (Shameful!)

Total books SOLD for the day: 0    Total Page Reads:  1439

Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Fifth and FINAL day of the promotion.

I realized I never posted in any Goodreads groups OR on KUF forums OR on Kboards.  After mentally smacking myself for this oversight, I got to work.  I posted in four Goodreads groups and then on Kboards (post received 10 views) and KUForum (post received 51 views).

Total free downloads for the day:  20

Total books sold for the day:  4   Total page reads:  2228.  (Very nice!)

In conclusion…

I was very happy to have given away so many books on the first two days, I expected more from the newsletters, and I was happy with the nice spike in page reads.  In case you’re wondering what an average week looks like for sales for me, I honestly couldn’t tell you.  I don’t have an average week.  Some days come with NO sales or page reads, some days are better.  It’s a roller coaster.

As to the other sites where I applied to promote my book?

Bookhearts.com, Bookzio, choosy bookworm, Kindle book promos, ebooksmountain, Indie book of the day, one hundred free books, people reads, free books, and reading deals….they never listed me at all.

Actually Indie book of the day hasn’t been updated since 2016.  So I would perhaps recommend avoiding that for obvious reasons!

All in all, it was a fun experiment that didn’t cost me a dime.  Unless you count my time invested, which is always a lot.  I’d do it again.

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As always, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Grace

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Big News!

Ok, when I say “Big News,” I don’t mean anything really exciting such as “Aliens have just landed” or “The Zombie Apocalypse has begun.”  So I should actually say something more along the lines of “Small-ish News.”

What am I going on about now?  I’ve spent HOURS and HOURS playing “graphic designer” and I would like to share the fruits of my labor:

My Dirty Vacation Amazon Cover

Oh, yes, ladies and gentlemen…that is the new cover I just created for my current work-in-progress!  It’s a full-length follow-up to my very first book, My Dirty Detour.  You’re seeing it here for the first time EVER.  I can honestly say that I don’t believe in doing an all out media blitz cover reveal.  Why not?  Because I don’t feel like it really builds much in the way of buzz. I feel like we live in an “I NEED IT RIGHT NOW AND I WON’T WAIT” society.  So what’s the point of releasing a cover and then telling someone they can’t buy the book for another month?  It just pisses them off.  That’s why I don’t go nuts on Facebook asking blogs to reveal my cover.  There are plenty of books already on the market that you can buy, so why draw attention to my book that’s not even out yet?

Did you just ask, “Then why are you doing this blog post in the first place?  You’re very inconsistent, ma’am.”

Excellent Question.  Thank you for asking.  The reason for this blog post is to show off my very basic book cover making skills…AND (of course there’s more!)…to offer you an opportunity to get an ADVANCED READER COPY (ARC) of this book.

Ooh!  Did that catch your attention?  I certainly hope so.  While making covers is a necessary evil that I tolerate, I absolutely LOVE to create ARC sign up forms.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to let my craziness reign supreme and come up with wacked out questions.

Without further ado….

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5T13X-UI_Z6Hhz91GENbOjht3Hxc88zC3_jgm3QwEj6Ezew/viewform?usp=sf_link

No, this is not anything freaky that will take you to a porn-laden den of iniquity.  It’s a google form.  Completely harmless.  I promise.

So please feel free to fill out my ARC form and know that I look forward to your responses.

I have every intention of releasing “My Dirty Vacation” in May.  Well…unless that alien landing or the zombie apocalypse thing actually comes true.  Then I shall have to postpone the book launch to run for my life or take up arms and fight for our freedom.

Until next time…have a great day and thanks for reading!

Grace

Free Books…and that’s not an April Fool!

Hello everyone!  You read that correctly…this is NOT an April Fool’s Day prank!  I am doing my first Newsletter Swap from Newsletterswap.com!  That just means that I went on the newsletter swap website and signed up for a bunch of newsletters to feature my book and a few authors signed up to be in my newsletter.  (In case you were wondering how that worked for me… it honestly sucked.  I signed up to be in about 30 newsletters…um…40?  Not sure, because I didn’t count.  Anyway, 50% of the people ignored my requests and the other 48% rejected my requests.  I think TWO people kindly accepted me.  A lot of people on that website have thousands of subscribers to their newsletters, or at least they claim to.  I have roughly somewhere around 35 subscribers to mine.  That’s not counting myself.  Obviously I subscribe to my own newsletter.  I mean…I like to find out what’s new in my life.  But I digress.  I’m just telling myself that people didn’t want me in their newsletter because I had nothing to offer in return since I have a low subscriber count and not because I stink.)

What does that mean for you?  It means that I would like to share links to some FREE or cheap books.  So please read on and check them out.  In order to keep things interesting, I’ve included my own special commentary on these books.  Because if we can’t keep life interesting, what’s the point?  You didn’t really expect me to go all spammy “Hey get these books” on you without adding a little bit of entertainment value, did you?  That’s not how I roll.  Read on…

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the links say “book boast . com.”  That is not a weird alien spam porn website, in case you’re paranoid like I am.  “newsletter swap . com” recently changed their name to “book boast . com” and in order to be able to track the clicks in the promotions (to see if they were successful?) you have to use those special links.  Whatever.  So if you see a link that is NOT a book boast link, chances are it’s NOT from the newsletter swap and just a random book that’s free.

PLEASE NOTE #2:  CHECK THE PRICES BEFORE YOU ONE CLICK!  I accidentally downloaded a book once that I thought was free and it wasn’t … so be warned!

Without further ado…..

Book #1  Loving Ashe by Liz Durano  (FREE until 4/2)

Tagline: On the way to meet her ex, barista Riley Eames gets stuck in the elevator with Hollywood actor, Ashe Hunter. Could life be sending her a message – and another chance at love?

Commentary:  This looked good so I one-clicked it.  She pretty much had me at “trapped in an elevator.”  I like elevator romance.  For reals.

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Book # 1.5   My Dirty Crown by Grace Risata  (ABSOLUTELY FREE from 4/1 to 4/3)

https://www.amazon.com/My-Dirty-Crown-Detour-Adventure-ebook/dp/B01N2B9Z5I

Yes, this is my short story (76 pages!) and yes, it’s free for three days.  GO GET IT.  Please?

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Book #2  Blazing Hotter by Chantel Rhondreau (Free through 4/1)

https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-Hotter-Love-Under-Fire-ebook/dp/B01EELACL2

Blurb:  Former bad boy and firefighter Frankie Hernandez struggles to recover from debilitating injuries sustained during his last fire. Physical therapist Cassie Flick is at her wit’s end with the handsome hunk, conspiring with his friends to get Frankie’s life back despite his intense pain. Those plans get derailed when she receives a delivery from an unknown source. Roses are sweet, but a note inside them threatening Cassie isn’t.

Commentary:  Firefighters are sexy and I have a thing for guys named “Frankie.”  Also for reals.  It’s like a hot mafia name.

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Book 2.75        Falling Completely by Aidan Willows   (This is $2.99 but one of my TOP five books of 2016)

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Completely-Starling-Falls-Book-ebook/dp/B01AO84R8I

Commentary: Aidan’s first book came out exactly two days before my first book and got rave reviews.  So I had to buy it to see what the fuss was.  OMG, it was EPIC.  Why?  Why am I fangirling so hard?  Because it was laugh out loud funny and even made me shed a tear.  It takes a lot to melt my cold heart, but she had me at the first chapter.  Highly recommended!

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Book #3  Brainstorm by Matthew Drzymala  (This is a dollar…it is NOT free…but it’s only a buck)

https://www.amazon.com/Brainstorm-Matthew-Drzymala-ebook/dp/B00JMSPGXW

Blurb: Clinical psychologist Michael Eriksson makes a living from helping others, but after a series of events he is left fighting to pick up the pieces of his own shattered psyche.
When he is called to an attempted suicide on a stormy summer’s night, Michael has the chance to save a life, but will it be his own?

Commentary:  The cover on this book is very ominous and the blurb totally caught my eye.  Also, this author seems to be a really nice guy who commented on my post on KUForum so I told him I’d put him in my newsletter.

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Book # 3.75     Forever Love by Jade Whitfield  (This is 99 cents and worth every penny!)

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2373/20398

Commentary:  This is a stepbrother romance by the Amazing Jade Whitfield.  I’m a very picky reader and she hooked me from page one!  The heroine actually stands up for herself and the hero is totally swoonworthy.  I honestly adored this book.

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Book # 3.95    Daddy’s Here by Luci Wild  ($2.99)

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2553/21206

Blurb:  Isabel… My father thinks I’m going to marry the wimp he’s chosen. I’ve got news for him. I am out of here.  Jake… When the girl vanished, I was hired to bring her back. It was just another job. Until I found out the real reason why she ran. The rebellious daughter… The plan was simple. Stay out of sight and out of reach. Then he found me. Now I’m trapped with a brute who refuses to let me out of his sight. The hired muscle… If I don’t take her home, I’m a dead man. So why did I just grab her? And why am I pushing her down onto her knees?  A standalone dark romance novel with no cliffhangers, no cheating and a guaranteed HEA.

Commentary:  The blurb sounds very sexy and the cover is quite panty melting!

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Book #4  Stepbrother Wicked by Amy Faye  FREE on Instafreebie

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2685/23765

Commentary:  I have a thing for Stepbrother Romances and this cover looks HOT!  And it’s free!

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Book #5           The Queens Training by Noelle Riches  ($2.99)

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2637/23501

Betrothed to the King of Oran, Soriana must undergo a year of training to learn all that’s expected of her before the wedding, but when the king’s second in command, an unreachable man marred by scars, takes over her training, she’s finally rocked by the passion necessary to fulfill her new role as queen.

Commentary:  This looks pretty good.

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Book #6           Caught Between Dragons  by Meg Riply  FREE on Instafreebie

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2091/20430

Commentary:  Wow.  Two dudes who are dragon shifters= Dragon shifter menage!  Steamy!

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Book #7   Secret Revenge by Robin Edwards  ($2.99)

https://www.bookboast.com/link/1276/20333

Blurb:  “Careless, aren’t you?”  She was the most exasperating woman he had ever met. She was also a beautiful, pain in the ass. Unfortunately, she was his new partner.  Field Agent Jack West had been on his own since he had joined the CIA ten years ago and had preferred it that way. However, when the reckless trainee, Mel Antonov had joined the team, she had gotten under his skin.  How will he ever get manage to hold on to his sanity in more ways than one, with her as his partner?

Commentary:  The guy on the cover has really ripped abs and this sounds full of intrigue!

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Book #8  Alien Enemy Boxed Set by Ashley Hunt  (FREE on the author’s website)

https://www.bookboast.com/link/2502/21473

Blurb:  Candice: a young woman, quite curvy and beautiful who came back to be presented to her parent’s deathat Sun Valley. She decides to stay there and start a new life. A new and quite peaceful life without problems. Some plans are not meant to be followed… A carnival arrived at the town but it is not what it seems… The name of it? ‘The Carnival of Cursed Souls’ Luke: a ridiculously handsome wrestler who has got something hidden. Both of them are interested in each another but nothing is as simple as they thought.

Commentary:  I like carnivals and carnies are freaking HOT!

 

 

In conclusion….thank you very much for reading my first (and probably last) blog post involving books from newsletter swap. com.  Enjoy any books you may have clicked and have a great day!

 

Grace