Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Results of Free Ebook Giveaway

I have a bunch of news and one little blog post to get them out! I apologize for taking a mini-break, but last week was insane for me! I began scheduling my blog tour, and I will have dates posted soon. I am mainly going for October/November, so if anyone has any dates, let me know!

Last week I had my FIRST author interview on A Book, A Girl, A Journey by @J_A_Bennett. This Friday will be my first ever review, from the amazing @SusiBorath on her blog. I'm hoping my friends and I can kill her traffic numbers for the day. We did it for @J_A_Bennett! We can do it for @SusiBorath!

So let's talk some shop. :) Anyone out there have a FREE book as about the extent of their marketing plan? Yeah. I know how you feel. Back when I was writing CANCELLED I thought, erroneously, that I would just give coupons, tell people my book is FREE and Wham! Bam! I'd have sales coming in hand over fist. Well, we all know I can freely admit when I was wrong....

And I was. Giving away a FREE book is tough, almost as tough as getting sales. Almost. When I offered my book for FREE on Twitter, no takers. It wasn't until I paired the free promotion with my author interview that finally readers were biting. In 48 hours last week, I went from only 17 sales, and presumably readers, to 114 readers with the free downloads! To date, I have sold 26 books, given 114 away to readers, and about a dozen to reviewers and other authors. That's a potential readership of about 150 people. That's a VERY big difference from the thirty or so people who had read my book before.

And since my author interview, I have sold at least one copy per day. :) AND I got my first review coming on Friday. AND I got another Amazon review from @Fbrown906 who gave me 5-stars (a little generous to me) and she Tweeted: Stayed up until almost 1 a.m. reading Cancelled by . Maybe not a good idea w/ kids who are up by 6 but didn't want to put it down.

All in all I am NOT upset to see 114 copies go out the door for free. Those aren't lost sales. They are the cheapest marketing I could do. :)

Other news coming up is the Trick or Treat for Ebooks. Please, if you are an author with a book, consider joining us. It's going to be a fun blog hop for readers the last week of October. For more information, please visit  or email me for more information! We're up to 12 authors, and I'd love to have at least 15 before September 30th so I can approach other places with help to promote it.

Finally, thanks to my mentor, @Melissa_Foster I am not only part of her book launch for COME BACK TO ME Nov. 1-3rd (where 30 authors are banding together to offer books for $.99), but we shed that ill-fitting genre tag of contemporary romance. I write contemporary fiction with spice. :) This has made the outline for Book 2 suddenly mature and I can't wait to start writing it next month!

Time to Share: How did your free promotions go? Or how is your free book doing? We can all learn from each other.

A robotics engineer asks his business partner to marry him, but a previous one-night stand is having his baby. CANCELLED is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords WIP: PAST DUE A nurse, crippled by debt, takes a part-time job in medical investigation only to find the man she's dating is a fraud!  (status: outlining)


  1. That is so awesome! I was happy to be part of the whole experience and I can't wait to read your book!

  2. Wow, thanks for the mention, E! Write on, my friend! Congrats on a great interview!

  3. Oh, and on genres - here's my article on the subject: The Genre Dilemma -

  4. Congrats on your new found marketing too!!! I love hearing about Indie experiences and seeing it work is even better!
    I'm very excited about Trick and Treating with you!!! And I agree, Melissa is amazing!

  5. Hi!

    I;ve just downloaded a copy of your book, thanks to the interview on J.A Bennet's blog! Once I've read it, I'll be putting a review on my blog, would you be interested in doing another interview?


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