RESULT OF KDP FREE DAY PROMOTION SEPTEMBER 14-15, 2015


I listed my new eBook, Spoiled Brats Romance Diaries Presents My Amnesia Girl Series 1, on KDP Select and for those who don’t know, KDP Select is Amazon’s exclusivity deal for authors. What it means is that you agree not to sell your digital book outside of Amazon for 90 days. You get to choose between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounting for your book while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time. They allow you to promote your book for free for five of those days.

My KDP Select is due to expire on the 30th of October so I thought I only have a few weeks left and need to make a decision. I was contemplating for a while on which one I should try first. I thought long and hard about what I was going to do and I’ve decided to go with the Free Book Promotion. I’ve heard the free-day success stories of other authors so I thought I should try it.

For my free KDP promo, I decided for a two-free days first. There were free and paid service, but for my first experiment, I decided not to do any promotions except posting the free promotional days on my Facebook author page, Goodreads and on my blog. I also sent it to a few sites that offered listing for free.

On the first day of the free promotion, I tweeted three times about my book with different tweets each time on Twitter. I also sent a personal message to about thirty of my 2,400 friends on Facebook. Believe me, it was a very difficult and tiring job to do. I had to take a break for every 10 that I emailed.

On the second and last day of the free promo, I didn’t do any blogging or posting about the book. I was at work and had a very busy day so during my break I just sat back and just let it all happen.

In short, the two-free days promotion without any paid service and totally relied only on the free sites that I sent it to (by the way, out of the 15 sites I submitted my book that offered free listing, only two actually emailed me with confirmation; http://newfreekindlebooks.com and http://contentmo.com), one Facebook posting (no paid ads) and three tweets on Twitter (no paid ads).

Spoiled Brats Romance Diaries Presents My Amnesia Girl’s two-day free period exceed my expectations. My book received a total of 299 downloads on the first day and 109 downloads on the second day for a total of 408 downloads without paying for any promotions. Not too shabby!

In addition, there were a total of 442 pages read under the new Kindle Edition Normalized Pages and the numbers are still climbing. This is a brand new promotional opportunity from Amazon but I am not really sure how this Kindle Edition Normalized Pages works, but definitely will let you know.

I want to experiment with different marketing and promotional technique for comparison so for my next remaining free days (scheduled on October 07-08, 2015), I will be using paid service this time.

I will be sure to blog about the outcome of this experiment and see if my new tactics will work better. I will keep you posted.

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