Really, who knew that giving away free e-books was so time-consuming?
It’s not like I actually have to do anything to give away free copies of Memory’s Child. Amazon takes care of all that for me. So why, you ask, does having a freebie weekend take up so much of my time and attention?
Honestly, a giveaway that doesn’t require me to do anything shouldn’t take any time at all. The problem is, I can’t stop checking the reports on my Amazon account to see how many copies of MC have been downloaded so far.
I’m obsessed. I check darned near every waking hour, and sometimes more than once an hour. Part of this unexpected compulsion is fascination with the whole freebie thing. But mostly, I want to know how many potential readers are taking me up on this deal. I say potential readers because not everyone who downloads Memory’s Child will ever get around to reading it. I know. I have several freebies on my Kindle that I may never get to.
So my shot-in-the-dark assessment so far is: about 90 percent of those who download Memory’s Child will actually begin reading it. About 70 percent of those will read the whole thing. I mean, face it. Sci-fi isn’t everyone’s favorite genre, and my style and voice isn’t likely to appeal to every reader, either.
Downloads are at 950 right this moment. Apparently, at least one of the sites that promote freebies did, in fact, promote MC. I don’t have that many friends and family.
Yet another part of my obsession is anxiety. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will they write a review, and if they do, will it be a good review or will they trash my work?
The free download ends at midnight tonight. I want to stand outside and yell, “Get yer MC! Get yer hot, fresh MC e-book! Hurry, before they’re all gone!”
My friend, author Lauren Clark, said her sales increased after she gave her e-book away late last year. We’ll have to wait and see if promoting Memory’s Child has a positive impact on sales once the weekend is over.