An update on my three free days

Those of you who suffered with me as my original five planned days got whittled to three thanks to my very own awful mess with Amazon will be happy to hear things worked out fairly well, though I would definitely have preferred to have all five days. Amazon did spot me some extra hours, though I’m not sure if this was an oversight or a favor (!).

It was incredibly fun to watch those books fly off the virtual shelf. It was particularly fun for this old English major to pass Jane Eyre and then The Scarlet Letter in the top 100 free books in the literary fiction section.

HA HA HAWTHORNE!I also made it to #1 in top 100 free for women’s fiction, next to a book I’m including just for its wonderful cheesecake factor:

Great abs, dude!

Here’s the run down:

  • 6,537 copies were downloaded free
  • Actual sales have increased rather nicely since the free offer ended, though some are clearly accidental purchases (I’ve had a few returns)
  • There’s been a nice jump in people listing it as “to read” on Goodreads
  • I haven’t seen any new reviews yet, but I’m hopeful I’ll get some (nice ones, that is!)
  • I’m trying very hard not to watch the sales report obsessively anymore
  • Job #1 now is producing the paperback and getting the next book into shape (well, after doing my real job #1, which is teaching four comp classes)

I will do a little encore in October with my last two free days, if only to make amends with some local folks who got the wrong publicity, and to make use of some advertising I would otherwise lose. (Kindle Nation Daily and BookBub and E-Reader Cafe were all very sweet about my misadventures, though I notice BookBub has now changed its policies, probably to better cope with people like me.)

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Thank you for all your support!

I particularly thank you if you helped spread the news, which I know many of you did. Feel free to keep passing along anything you consider not too obnoxiously spammy. Remember, all profits this month go to Feeding America, and the current 99-cent bargain price disappears at the end of September.

And, in case you didn’t already catch it on Facebook, here I was in a rather salmon-ish orange for Hunger Action Day September 5.

Hunger Action Day