Yup, enormous thanks to all of you who downloaded Sprite Night while it was on promotion – it made it to the #1 position in one of its US categories, and as high as #4 in the other – [pause for author to grin maniacally].
And here’s the proof:
Or in prettier format:
Now I know it seems like a bit of a cheat to call it a ‘bestseller’, when it was actually free, but hey, it’s my first #1 on Amazon, so perhaps you can forgive me that little conceit?
Not quite as stellar results on the UK site, but still very pleasing, as the categories are far larger – no ‘short read’ categories here; in contention with full length works:
The all-important bit. This was my first time running a free promotion, and I had no real idea what to expect. I’ve seen people throwing around huge figures in the thousands – usually when they pay for a BookBub ad. I wasn’t prepared to spend that sort of extortionate money, even if they would have taken a short story (which they wouldn’t), so I set out to do a promo without spending any pennies. I didn’t quite succeed, but I spent a total of $11.50, so it didn’t break the bank!
Downloads – still not finalised, but at last count, just topping 400.
Many sites don’t take short stories, but I found a surprising goodly number that did:
ALL the above were FREE to advertise with. I filled out forms for twice as many sites, and a few more may have taken it, but they don’t provide confirmation, and I didn’t have time to check them all, so I can’t be certain.
The two PAID sites I went with were:
http://snickslist.com/books/ at $1.50 for 3 days, its a steal!
http://www.booksbutterfly.com/order/freebookslots/ this site asks for payment in respect of how many downloads the get you: $5 per 100 downloads, and I paid $10 up front. It is even guaranteed – they refund you if they don’t produce the goods – fabulous!
And off the back of this, I’m already seeing an uptick in sales of all my books – again, not huge yet, but the promo only finishes tonight, and I’ve made back the (tiny) bit of money I spent and a bit more already.
Have you found any other free sites to promote your free works? Do share…