It has been one heck of a week, in many ways the sort of week I'd hoped for when I first set out to make writing my "real" job. My latest ebook, "Hair Gone Wild! Recipes & Remedies for Natural Tresses", went up for free on Amazon for three days, a little stunt I've never pulled before. Usually, my stunts last only one day because the excitement exhausts me. OCD sets in and I can only think about the book and who's downloading the book and do they like the book and what if they don't and (dear Lord!) what if they do? So three days of that has left me needing a stiff martini and a weekend in Maui. I can only afford one of the two. Cheers.
How did the three free days go? The final tally for downloads of Hair Gone Wild is a whopping 11,454! It pushed the sales of the other two to their record highs, and pushed my nailbiting to a frantic squirrel's pace.
One may wonder why on earth an author would go and give their work away for free in such large volumes. In my mind, the term "self-pubbed" doesn't just mean that you're self published. It also means that you have to self publicitize. I have no publicity manager, no staff shouting into their cellphones when a new ebook goes live. I have me. And if I can let over 11,000 people know my ebooks exist by giving them free ebooks, by golly, I'll do it.
Besides the benefit of getting the books promoted, I love that everyone who took it now has information on how to ditch some chemical exposure and learn to live more naturally.The feedback from those who have already read it is enough to make me feel like I'm on some sort of team of people in love with natural living. It's amazing to hear from those of you who enjoy getting back to a natural way of doing things, and who have embraced some of the remedies in the ebooks. I think that is by far the best part about all this promotional hoopla. I get to connect with a big group of people that, if I met them face to face, I'd really, really like them.