In the same way that companies launching a new product will offer free samples, I offer free samples and sometimes full copies of my books in the hope that readers will like my books and then go on to buy future releases.
In fact, at the moment I give away many more books than I sell.
So far, I have given away over 3,000 copies of my first novel, LIVING WITH SACI, over 2,000 copies of my dystopian novel WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY, over 1,000 copies of my humourous romp through the 70s, 80s and 90s, THE ASTONISHING ANNIVERSARIES OF JAMES AND DAVID, almost 1,500 samples of my Second World War drama, FRED AND LEAH and I am also giving away samples of my latest novel, LIVING WITH THE HEADLESS MULE.
One of the best tactics that many independent authors use is to have one of their novels permanently free in the hope that those who like the book will go on to buy the author’s other books.
It is quite simple to set the price to zero at online stores like Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. However, Amazon will not let a publisher set their price at zero but they will price match books which are offered for free at the above stores, in theory.
In practice it doesn’t always work making life problematic for authors like myself who would like to run a promotion. Because FRED & LEAH is a Second World War novel, I decided I would like to offer the full novel for free from September 12th to 25th. However, Amazon has had other ideas, which is why I need your help.
I need you to go to the FRED & LEAH page on Amazon and click the link where you report a cheaper price elsewhere. You need to click on the ‘website’ option, set the price nd shipping to 0 and then paste one of the links below into the box where they ask you to report where you saw the lower price.
Hopefully, if enough of you do this then Amazon will get the message and make the book free on their site as well.
If, in the meantime, you would like your own free copy of the book then you can download it here.
Well done, you did it! Amazon.com updated their price. Now the problem is Amazon in the UK, India, Canada and Australia. If you want to help paste the links from my blog into the following pages: