On Wednesday, I made His Good Opinion available for free in the Kindle store. In the space of about 26 hours, I gave away 3055 copies of my book. That was enough to propel me to #108 on the Kindle Free list, and #12 in Free Historical Romances.
I had no idea going in how many I’d give away, or what sales ranking I’d achieve. On one hand, that means I can’t be disappointed by my numbers… but it also means I don’t really have anything to judge them by. Is that a decent showing, or should I have done better?
The next few days will be the real test. The idea of putting a book up for free is that it raises your visibility when it goes back on sale. Most authors who’ve done this have experienced a significant sales bump, starting about two days following their free day, and lasting for about a week.
Jennifer Becton posted today on Indie Jane about the experiences she and Jessica Grey had with free days. I’ll be sharing an update there on Wednesday, with more data, and then I’ll follow up here next Friday with the latest statistics.
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