Freebie Weekend Aftermath

Twilight TalesThis weekend I did a freebie giveaway using the KDP select program for Twilight Tales. It went amazing!

It is still free for a few more hours but I thought I’d give a run down of how it went.

I tried KDP a shortly after I started to publish. I had several books up at the tigraphme, but very few reviews, and only managed to get 200 downloads for the entire weekend. No reviews. No extra sales that I know of.

This time I managed to use Author Marketing Club to my advantage
and posted Twilight Tales to every freebie site I could. Well, I at least submitted it. I know at least one of them actually ran it, no idea if others did. Most of them do not tell you whether or not they run your book. I had to go snoop in order to find the one that did. I do not think anyone ran an advert for my book the first time.

This time I gave away more than 1000 books.

The results of all the give always: ranking #1 in two categories. I managed a screen capture of the two. In the third category it ranked as high as #2, but I did not manage to get a screen shot of that.

Only time will tell if this gives me any actual sales to books, or reviews. Right now all I got was a little visibility in a couple sub genre charts. The nicest one I saw was #10 on the Horror page. Very visible for anyone looking for Horror. Did it make a difference? Not sure yet, but I will definitely let you know in a few weeks.

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Also, if you’d like to get Twilight Tales it is still free until midnight.

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It’s FREE!

Twilight TalesYou can’t beat free, right?

Right now, and for the rest of the weekend, “Twilight Tales” is FREE. If you haven’t read it then it’s a great time to pick it up.

Inside are three short stories.

The Scarecrow:
A lonely stretch of road, and a scarecrow is the only witness to a senseless crime. But the scarecrow doesn’t understand human pain and suffering.

Smother and Bake:
A man obsessed with flames and light wants to wrap himself in the sun. And maybe he’ll get his chance.

 

Necropolis:
Two women fight to abolish an ancient evil in the depths of the necropolis. forgottensml

The last story, Necropolis, is the inspiration for “Forgotten Ones“, which is also half price until the end of next week. Forgotten Ones tells more about the goddesses of Fate and their struggle to keep balance between the unseen world of gods and goddesses, and the humans who now inhabit the earth.

This is a contemporary fantasy book along the lines of “Supernatural” or “Grimm”, so if you like them you might like this.

“Forgotten Ones” and a Free Book?

A few months ago ZC Bolger (@zcbolger), an author and friend of mine, read “Necropolis”. That is a short story in “Twilight Tales“.

It sparked a short discussion, which sparked a bigger idea in my head, and I’m now writing a sequel, of sorts.

“Forgotten Ones” is getting away with me a little bit. It is already 12,000 words long, and only half finished. This is good, I said I needed some longer titles. I guess I’m getting them.

It also worries me a little bit. I can’t afford editing right now, more now then before. My car needs repairs, rent is due, children to feed, blah, blah, Blah, BLAH!. Whatever, you don’t care what my troubles are.

What you might care about is “Forgotten Ones”. Set in the modern era, it is a fantasy story involving dying gods and goddesses, three fates with the ability to see the past, the present, and the future (respectively), and political intrigue as gods and man position themselves to save/destroy the world as we know it. But who wants to save it, and who wants to destroy it?

I really love this story. I’m going into how the Fates became what they are, and how the world works. It’s set in this world, and has some things from current events in it, like the Pope, (though only as a distant figure that has no actual influence on the current story) and the rise of technology.

I think this is the longest thing I’ve written in a while. “Flight of the Griffins” was 12000 words, and “Osiren’s Tears” was 30,000, but they were both written back in February. I love the change of pace, and I honestly can’t wait to write some longer books.

I’m also learning a bit more about how to complete longer works faster. I wrote a bit over 5 pages today, and I am working to write more pages each day. It doesn’t seem as daunting as it did six months ago. It makes me think I could do this full time some day, and produce a novel every month (if I could just work out the pesky money issues).

As for the free book….

I am going to be entering “Small Bites: The Complete Collection” into the Story Cartel contest. 5 copies of the paper back will be up for grabs. What do you have to do? Read the book, write a review, and get entered into a drawing to get the free paperback. Story Cartel lets you download the ebook for free in order to do the review.

I will have more info about that later, and I will also be putting up separate paperback for those who already bought the book and would like to get in on a drawing for a free paperback. I just have to figure out the logistics of this.

Come back next week for more info.