Anticipation builds…the moment arrives… and then you have aftermath.
This morning I’m surveying just such an aftermath. Specifically, I’m attempting to discern the results of the one-day giveaway of my novel, in celebration of the start of NaNoWriMo just over a week ago.
Some things are readily visible: numbers. My novel was downloaded for free 334 times, making it the 94th most popular free download on Amazon (at least, I think I read the ranking correctly at the time). Not bad for something mostly promoted through word of mouth (and a listing on one book readers group’s newsletter & website.
One of the reasons I did this, also, was to get people reading and posting reviews of the novel. Of course, when you’re a new novelist, getting reviews is like Joseph Heller’s wet dream – an elegant Catch-22. People are more likely to purchase or put your book on their Kindles if it has been reviewed a number of times, and the reviews are generally positive. But in order to get your book reviewed on Amazon, people have to buy it / download it first.
And so round and round I go.
The promotion was successful in one way – Triangle:False Mirror has garnered its first review. Four stars out of five, and such nice things as a comparison to Joss Whedon.
Trust me, in my genre, it is good for one’s ego to be compared favorably to Joss Whedon. And likely to garner additional views of the novel.
That review will be framed someday on a wall, I think, along with the cover of my novel.
As for actual sales… those are admittedly a little slow, but I’m in it for the long haul.
As for the next time I’ll give it away for free? Well… that shouldn’t be too far down the calendar. Stay tuned for details.