Yesterday (29th February), both Writing the Town Read and Looking Past went live as free Kindle books. I took a note of download figures and my Amazon rankings on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk at three different points throughout the day.
I did not do a great deal of promotion yesterday so it was quite interesting to see take-up.
As mentioned previously, I had submitted details of the Writing the Town Read freebie to Book Marketing Tools but I would not expect any results from that until today at the earliest – my fault for doing this last minute. They don’t guarantee that your book will be featured but it saves so much time in terms of submitting details to about 30 promo sites.
What I did do yesterday was promote the freebies via the Heddon Publishing Facebook page, the Katharine E. Smith – Author Facebook page, and set up a modest Facebook promotion which will cost me £10 over the week. People were also kind enough to share a couple of my posts on Facebook, which will have helped reach more people.
By 11pm last night UK time (and it’s worth noting that free promotions often run in line with US time not UK), I had the following results:
Writing the Town Read: 196 downloads in total – split 161/35 UK/US
#3 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
#4 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Psychological
#12 in Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Suspense > Psychological
#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Psychological
#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
Best of all, I got a brilliant five-star review, which I think must have come as a result of one of yesterday’s downloads:
“I’ve just spent a great few hours in the company of some delightful characters. I’d only planned on reading a few chapters this afternoon, but once I started, I had to follow the story through to the end. Everyone so well described that I felt I knew them! I fell in love with the beautifully painted town, and want to jump in the car and head there right now! My only complaint is that I want to know more about what happens next to Jamie. Hard to believe that this is a debut nove. Beautifully written, with a compelling story and characters to care about. Love it, and sincerely recommend this book.”
Thank you to whoever wrote that, it put a huge smile on my face!
Looking Past: 82 downloads in total – split 53/29 UK/US
#6 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life
#47 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
#47 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
#21 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life
Today could be the day for Looking Past because it will feature on Ereader News Today – this should tie in with US timing so it will take a while to see any results.
I’m also hoping to use some of the Facebook promo groups today but right now, work is calling so I need to get on with that. I’ll be back later!