Good morning! Hope all is well with you on this beautiful morning. Georgia is having a beautiful day today, but the weather will be here for Thursday and Friday, so we need to enjoy today and tomorrow!
As for today’s topic, it’s permafree books. There’s much controversy about this strategy. Most authors split the fence on this topic. I’ve played with it periodically through the years, but my newest try at it has been a success. Why do I say that, you might ask? Well, here’s why…
- #91 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sagas
Do you see the number just above this sentence? That’s where Ridge is at the moment. Since I put it on permafree several weeks ago, it has stayed in the top 100 in this category and notice it’s not the free category. You’re probably saying, ‘but it’s free so you’re making nothing on all those downloads’, well that’s true, but here’s why it’s a good thing.
The week that Ridge went free, there wasn’t a lot of change in sales. But the next week and all the ones to follow showed a huge difference in my sales. suddenly it was like I could follow the readers journey. Each book in this series started selling in order of the series, then my other books started in the same way. It’s like the readers are buying the Five Oaks Series, then working their way through each of my series. Kind of like watching dominoes fall in a row. I’ve also started selling my older published books, which a couple of them had to be dusted off from sitting on Amazon so long 😉
SO, I’d say my trial period worked. Ridge will stay free. My suggestion is to wait until you have a couple of books in your series out before you go free with the first one. That way the reader has a direction to go in. Then sit back and watch it do the work for you. It’s like free advertising!
Have you tried this? How did it work for you?
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…
4 thoughts on “The Free Book Debate…”
In today’s publishing climate, readers have come to expect books for FREE; some even balk at paying $0.99! This is particularly true for books written by indies, whose work is often devalued. So, if authors want to attract readers, they will have to give away their books from time to time…
I tend to agree. As a reader I pick up a ton of free books. If I really like the book I will totally buy the next one. Sometimes free books are kinda eh though. But I have read several goo, series so far from picking up the first book for free
Me too! I like to see the first one free, then I get a feel for the series before I financially commit!