So the experiment is under way. I’m checking the free book giveaway with Amazon’s KDP Select program not to see how many books I can give away, but to see if the rankings garnered during the carry over to sales after the 3-day period is over. So what’s happened so far today? Let’s take a look.
I started checking downloads at 6:00 a.m. eastern daylight time (All times will be in EDT) and ended at 10:00 p.m. (five minutes ago).
6:00 a.m.–30 downloads–Amazon rank 19,278 #1 Political Fiction
2:00 p.m.–1351 downloads–Amazon rank 352
5:30 p.m.–3085 downloads–Amazon rank 101
10:00 p.m.–7495 downloads–Amazon rank 47 Still #1 Political Fiction
The important stat is the ranking of #47. Even in the free ebook side of Amazon, a rankings in the Top 100 of all free ebooks is HUGE! Of course, my hope and desire is that The Toymaker will stay there for the duration of the three day period and possibly make it to #1.
There was another added benefit as well…I noticed a marked increase in sales of The Savannah Project. And that’s a good thing too. Some other authors I know did a giveaway on their first book and saw no discernible increase in sales on other books in their series. I think I caught some readers who really want to read the Jake Pendleton series in order, thus they paid for The Savannah Project so they could do just that.
It will interesting to see what happens overnight and I’ll report it tomorrow. It will also be interesting to see what happens to my sales when the giveaway period is over.