My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has started putting their authors books in the KDP Select program (Amazon). This means for 90 days the book is only available through Amazon only and as an author, I get 5 free days.
When I first heard about this, I will admit to be a bit unsure about it when I received the notification about my release, it showed when it was going into KDP Select and when it would go on World-Wide sale.
Thanks to, Lisa, our wonderful marketing director, a few days before my free days, she gave us all at The Wild Rose Press a crash course in KDP Select and how to use the free days to our advantage.
Since I only had 3 days until my free days started, I reached out to other authors I know asking for quick blog spots, notified a few websites that will list your free book, and started making a list of what I needed to do during those 5 free days.
A few things I want to point out:
1. I write Erotic Romance and it is a hot sub-genre right now
2. This is my 5th book with The Wild Rose Press so it did make a difference
3. I did very little promotion for the free days because I didn't realize I need to
4. What promo I did do was a couple of blog spots, I did Facebook and Twitter for the first 3 days.
These are how my numbers looked I don't expect anyone else's to look like mine we all write different books.
Monday before my book went free I was ranked in the 495K area
Tuesday, first day free: I was out most of the day, but checked first thing in the morning and I was ranked at 5,000. Thanks to my wonderful critique partner, she watched my rankings through the day for me, by the end of Tuesday night, my overall ranking was #74 with being #2 in Erotica.
Wednesday, second day free: Ranking started at #37 with #1 in Erotica, by the end of the day my ranking was #24 and still #1 in Erotica
Thursday, third day free: Ranking started at #34 and #2 in Erotica. By the end of the day my ranking was #52 and still #2 in Erotica
Friday, fourth day free: Ranking started at #61 and #2 in Erotica. By the end of the day my ranking was #91 and still #2 in Erotica
Saturday, my fifth and last day free: Ranking started at #90 and #2 in Erotica. By the end of the day my ranking was #92 and still #2 in Erotica.
During that same time period, the rankings on my other books began to get better. Which meant those books were now selling.
After my book went off free, my ranking of course jumped back up into the 500K range, but then went back down under 100K range and then stayed below that range even now more than a week since I went free.
I also think what really helped is when I went free I had 2 reviews, a week after I went free I had 15 reviews. Not all of them good, but the majority were very nice.
So that is my free experience with KDP Select through my publisher. I'm glad The Wild Rose Press gave me the opportunity to be part of this new program.
So tell me what you think about free books on Amazon? Do you download them and never read them? Will it get you to try a new author?
Have a great week.