Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Benefits of Publishing a Free Book

If you download Smashwords free Marketing Guide, you'll read that offering a book for free will greatly boost your sales. An author/friend of mine proved this to be true. In less than a month, her free book received 10,000 downloads and even after she repriced her book, her sales continued to rise, selling as many as 27 a day.

I'm now trying this method with my short historical, Love For Lenore. Though it's only offered for free right now at Smashwords, Amazon will soon catch on and reduce the .99 price to free. Already, I've noticed an increase in sales at Smashwords with my other novels. In the book blurb for Lenore, I encouraged the consumer that if they liked this author's voice, to check out her other books, Abandoned Hearts and Unexpected Kiss.

Some of you may be thinking you can't afford to offer a free novel, I'm here to tell you, you can't afford not to. Even if it's only for a month, you'll make more money in the long run. Also, who says you have to offer a full-length novel? I wrote Love For Lenore simply for this reason, to offer it free and draw more readers to my other works. How long does it have to be? Lenore is only 10,000 words. In the first day alone, 148 Smashwords users downloaded a copy of this short-story.

Here's what I recommend, go to Smashwords, download Love For Lenore and take notes. Notice how I easily wrapped up a complete story in such a short way, then do the same!

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