This little adventure has been fun. Writing is necessarily a lonely vocation, and the “self-promotion” part of the job is fraught with real and imagined perils. But one thing I’ve been so grateful for has been the constant, enthusiastic support we’ve had from our friends. That’s you. You have shared your enthusiasm for the book(s) with everyone you know and helped us reach a surprisingly big audience. We never would have imagined that in less than 8 months, The Green Ember would reach over 20,000 readers.
While sales have been incredible for a small-time debut, most of those readers got copies when the book was free. You helped us reach a LOT of people. We think that led to many folks buying the book in print after they read it. We heard from some people who said just that.
When you offer a book for free, you run the risk of getting a bunch of negative reviews. In fact, most of our less-than-favorable feedback on Amazon did come from people who downloaded it for free. Consequently, it wasn’t the kind of book they might typically have chosen or enjoyed. No big deal. The great thing was that the so many other people who got the book left great reviews, and their “verified purchase” status lends credence to their recommendation. That has helped a lot of new readers take the plunge. (Amazon reviews are massively important for small-timers like us.)
I share all of that with you to shed some light on why it helps (in a number of ways) when you share the news that Ember is free. Some folks have asked if we are losing money, and though I know it might seem like it, we are mostly concerned with growing our readership. We have confidence that the book will connect with the audience it’s meant for and one of the best ways to reach them is through a limited giveaway.
Can you help spread the word? The Green Ember is free on Kindle for the next three days (July 7,8, & 9). We want to reach new readers and hope, additionally, to encourage people to order a copy of The Black Star of Kingston.
What can you do?
Just share it, man. If you think it’s something readers of any age would enjoy, then share it.
The best thing would be to share a picture of your family/kids with the book and a thumbs up, along with the link. (http://bit.ly/
If you’re not sure how to do that, then you can copy and paste this:
FREE TODAY! If your family loves a new adventure with an old soul, get The Green Ember, for $0. Also, check out S. D. Smith’s new book, The Black Star of Kingston. http://bit.ly/
Thank you, friends! Your help is so greatly appreciated.