Okay, so I’ve promised some hard numbers to let you all know if it is a good idea to make your first book of a series free and here it is. Due to so many different price points were experimented with, borrows, and different royalty rates, I’m only going to report the quantity sold to avoid confusion.
(Please bring your expectations down a bit before I divulge since I’m in no ways a bestseller at this point, but I’m so pleased with the progress this promotion has brought.)
Before this free promotion, I’ve sold a total of…
(wait for it)
9 ebooks of Infinite Devotion since publishing in mid-February to mid-March!
(I know pretty underwhelming.)
Since publishing Infinite Sacrifice since mid-November—not including free promotions—I’ve sold 50 ebooks.
So, up until my prolonged free promotion, that’s a total of—hold on I need to whip my calculator out to compile such a monstrous number—59 sales!
Since the free promotion began mid-March I’ve given away 7,070 copies of Infinite Sacrifice.
I’ve sold 73 ebooks of Infinite Devotion since the promotion, with an additional 2 copies of Infinite Devotion and 6 copies of Infinite Sacrifice in the UK (still hasn’t price matched there yet).
So, I’ve sold more and made more money this month than I have since November.
Plus, I’ve received stellar reviews and ratings on Amazon, Goodreads, and Shelfari. (Priceless!)
(It doesn’t take much to make me happy)
I saw increase in the second book immediately and the sales have been steadily increasing. If even 10% of the 6,700 people who have downloaded it this month alone, return to buy the second book that will be 670 sales!
Well, I probably shouldn’t count all my eggs yet, but I’m hopeful that this trend will only improve.
This only makes me wish I had Infinite Loss to release since my sales would probably double, but I can’t rush it out. It is motivation to finish it since the more books I have out, the better my sales. If sales continue at this rate (or increase *crosses fingers*) then it will chip away at the $3,000 expense of getting both books out. Once I pay that all back, the rest will be profit from then on. That is the beauty of ebooks, once you pay back your investment it can continue bringing in income without additional expense.
So will I be continuing this free promotion?
Yes, I’m going to keep this up. It’s getting my book out there.
Now if I could only make it free on Amazon UK!