The last time I did a free promotion of one of my books, about 50 people downloaded it. I admit to feeling a little despondent, especially when it didn’t lead to reviews or other sales.
I always knew Honour was a pretty niche book. After all, it’s a collection of short stories which don’t seem to be huge sellers unless it’s an anthology of multiple authors. Also, it’s military based dealing with emotion and loss rather than featuring hot soldiers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a hot soldier just as much as the next girl, and never say never about me possibly writing about one, it just wouldn’t have fit this particular book.
So when I decided to offer a free weekend for Right Click, Love, I was nervous as hell. I had just released The One That Got Away, and while it was getting good reviews, it wasn’t flying off the shelves so to speak. This is totally fine, because any sale at all makes me happy. I don’t care if 1 person or 10 people buy it, as long as they enjoy it. That’s the draw of writing for me.
Anyway, Right Click, Love… while it had been on the market for 2 years in it’s previous incarnation, the re-release went well – way better than I expected, is a favourite of mine. It’s the first ‘book’ I finished and published. Putting it up for free, even just for a couple of day, felt as if I was handing my baby over to a stranger while I went out drinking. What if no-one downloaded it? What if they did and hated it? What if, what if, what if?
Well, I got absolutely BLOWN AWAY! 1,110 people downloaded it in a weekend. Those numbers to me are insane!! To a lot of authors, that is just a small percentage of their reader base, but to me, that’s like Ed Sheeran selling out Wembley Stadium for one night only.
I want to thank each and every person (who will most likely never see this post) for taking a chance on my book. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it and maybe, possibly, check out the others!
Now, I need to stop procrastinating and get on with my writing.