The giveaway ran for one month and ended November 6, 2013. I’d have to call it a success.
Since publishing the Kindle version of The Girlfriend Experience in December, 2012, it’s been my intention to promote the book with a Goodreads Giveaway. I read about Colleen Hoover’s example and learned that her Slammed series languished for months until she did a giveaway and her book got picked up by the blogs. So from that time on I considered a giveaway the cornerstone of my promotion plan.
This post is from the Kindle Support Forum, dated September 7, 2013. It’s reproduced here in its entirety with permission from the author.
The Girlfriend Experience tells the story of a young man who discovers the key to breaking Internet encryption while working on a project for the National Security Agency, or NSA. When I wrote the story the idea of the NSA monitoring every phone call, email, Facebook post and tweet seemed far-fetched, although I was aware of the NSA’s project to build a gigantic data center in the Utah desert for an undisclosed purpose.
In the century before the Common Era, the ancient Greeks discovered that the fixed stars were not fixed after all; instead, they moved, as if marching at a steady pace in a circle across the sky.
This knowledge was considered too dangerous for the average man to possess.
This was my second time attending the conference. I’m sharing my compositions from the workshops I attended.
There is a controversy over the value of the free promotion – giving away your book for $0.00 for a limited time. Some view this as a great way to raise the visibility of your work. Others say it cheapens your work and gluts the market. The debate rages on.
If you publish via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) sooner or later you’ll find yourself on the KDP Community Page. The KDP Forums are a great place to share experience, ask questions and get answers. You can also find a fair bit of drama.
If you read my post about first impressions you saw my best attempts at a cover that gets attention and sells books. The cover and the blurb – those are the levers the indie author can manipulate to get the prospective reader to give a book a look. Writing and cover design are different disciplines, so I admitted my shortcomings and hired a pro.
The National Security Agency is prohibited by law from eavesdropping on American citizens, yet, at the direction of the American president, they have done exactly that.