Friday, April 13, 2012

What a Week! I Need a Nap.

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.


  1. I was able to download it for free Thursday night (Thankyou!!!) and finished it today! I decided to go no-poo Friday morning as a result of reading your book, and I am so excited. I've been making my own cleaning supplies for years. This past year i started with homemade toothpaste, so it was only natural that I would graduate to no-poo! I'm so excited and pumped about this that I am also ditching deodrant and made my own last night as well. Our home is almost chemical free! Thank you so much! I love your book and will be buying a hard copy of it and your other books ASAP!!

  2. You're so welcome! I'm glad to hear you're giving no 'poo a try. Keep at it and don't give up, even if you hit a bump in the road. It's so worth it, and the bumps stop - believe me! Keep me posted!

  3. I downloaded your book last week (Friday??) and started the "no 'poo" regimen today. Admittedly, it is a bit scary as I have always had what was considered "oily" hair which is also straight, fine, and thin (plus I have been losing more since the birth of my last child). Thank you so much for the great information! I cannot wait to see how my hair looks in the near future. Hopefully, my hair loss will subside and I will see some new growth as well (fingers crossed!).

  4. Congrats, Kandi! I wish you the best with it. It's exciting to start, and I'm sure you'll see new growth soon. I've also always had what I'd call oily hair, but I don't have a problem with it anymore. If you enjoy the book, please leave your thoughts on Amazon. I'd really appreciate it!

  5. Just "checkin' in".... still doing a bit of adjusting to the amounts I need for my hair. It seems that just under 2 tablespoons of baking soda (for the cleansing) and only 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (for the rinse) works quite well for me. I like to put the ACV in camomille tea (it has a nice scent!). The best part so far? I have noticed that I am not losing as much hair as I used to, and it's only been one week! :)

  6. I have just finished reading your book and the whole no 'poo method sounds very interesting. I am considering trying it but I have read that baking soda makes your hair feel soft at first but eventually dries it out. Some say it even ruined their hair. I read about one honey-only shampoo method, but I wanted a second opinion. I was just wondering; what are your thoughts on this controversy?

    I have hip-lenth wavy/curly hair that gets very damaged from multiple ponytail and flat-iron episodes, and no doubt from getting it stuck in car doors more than once. ;) I am looking for a way to make it stronger and healthier and I think no 'poo may be the solution. I am just worried about the baking soda problem.

    1. Oh, by the way, here is the main website I have read where it said the baking soda/apple cider shampoo formula destroys your hair.

      Is this true?