My best results came from offering it free for five days, using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select service.
I will explain how I promoted my eBook. I hope you find my experiences helpful.
Free Book Days with Kindle Direct Publishing Select
NOTE: KDP is set to renew automatically. I learned about this when Amazon notified me that I was violating KDP Select Terms because my book was available on iTunes.
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My Brief Best Seller
Sociopathic Surgeon was a pseudo–best–seller while it was free.
How To Be Number One on the Kindle Store
OK, not the entire store. I was tops in in Medical Thriller and second in Medical Fiction for a few hours. My sales rank plummeted after my free book days.
I support myself as a Web programmer, so it seemed natural to create SociopathicSurgeon.com to use on emails / links. I added it to search engines, hoping it would appear in search results. I added pages and “Like” buttons for Facebook and Google+.
None of this was helpful.
I sold more books after I added Sociopathic Surgeon’s Amazon link to emails and comments.
Impaired Doctors, a topic related to my novel, did not receive much traffic.
More potential readers visited My Kindle Book Is Free For The Next Five Days. Sadly, readers ignored:
I need reviews. Sociopathic Surgeon has one four star Amazon review. More reviews and sales will encourage me to finish the sequel!
For example, I recently Tweeted:
I could stop your heart in a second, and do it so it would never be found.
I think it is cute, but it has not increased sales.
Free Book Announcements
I was not sure which days of the week were best. My free days included a weekend.
I submitted an announcement to the following sites:
|Author Marketing Club||Join to announce your free book. Many other services.|
|Awesome Gang||Free Book Promotion for Authors. Distributes a daily email with free books sorted by category.|
|eBookLister.net||Daily email, Web site provides links to free Kindle books.|
|Free Book Dude||Free Book Dude features free fiction and non-fiction books. @FreeBookDude on Twitter.|
Other sites found my book from these sites, and a few Tweets / reTweets.
I posted a “free book announcement” on the KDP author forum and two LinkedIn groups: Writers and Bloggers and Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content Publishing.
My first review came from the KDP forum.
I want to renew KDP Select for another free promotion. I would like to try different days and submit to more sites.