Free Day Debrief

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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8 thoughts on “Free Day Debrief

  1. all fascinating to me -
    what a challenge just deciding to do it, then computing results… all the best to you in it!

  2. Krista says:

    Way too go!!! That is great, can’t wait to read it!

  3. Danielle says:

    I got this and can’t wait to read it. It sounds really interesting. Now if only I could conveniently get sick and miss work for a day‚Ķ. I guess I will have to settle for lunchtime reading.

  4. James Allen says:

    It will be interesting to see what the sales are after the free promotion.

    I can’t wait to read your book.

  5. Nancy Kelley says:

    Thank you, everyone! I posted today on Indie Jane about my current status: http://indiejane.org/2012/03/his-good-opinion-and-kdp-select/

  6. Chris says:

    Just finished His Good Opinion. Thanks for offering it for free. I have read several variations, and greatly enjoyed yours.

  7. Mary Valleau says:

    I just finished reading His Good Opinion and loved the story from Darcy’s perspective. Thank you for writing and and providing such a good story. XXOO

  8. Jessica says:

    It’s all just a big experiment, isn’t it? My second free day was totally different than my first, but sale results are still pending.

    Someday we are going to be gurus and people will come asking us for advice on this sort of stuff. ;)

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