My Free, Passive Marketing Experiment, Day 2

Well, yesterday was day two, as the post’s title suggests, and I’m starting to think that maybe this isn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had. Granted, I didn’t think it was all that brilliant to begin with–more interesting. I suppose it’s given me something to write about, so it’s not a total loss.

Obviously, it didn’t go too well.

I set the book down at about 10:15 AM. Then I started looking into book sales for Home To Roost. I was going hither and thither on the internet, getting into whatever kind of free book promotions I could find (for those interested, here’s a listing here of places that do free book promos, except, only some are free, and only some are still working).

I got a bit too engrossed in what I was doing, because at some point between 10:30 and 11:00, Home To Roost disappeared. *GASP*

Now, this wouldn’t have been all that big of a deal, since a paperback is less than $12 (just kidding. $12 is a big deal.) But this wasn’t just any ol’ copy. This was the very last, final edit copy. The one where my wife finally found the last few sneaky typos and marked them. The one that I was going to use to make the last corrections on Home To Roost‘s manuscript, because you can do that when you’re using Amazon.

I didn’t exactly panic, per se, but I was concerned.

Turns out, I didn’t need to be. After a few minutes and a couple (rather embarrassing) conversations with librarians, I found the copy. It had been scooped up to be re-shelved, and then dumped with the books that the library was selling. No trip to the lost and found.

Oh well. I guess I should just be thankful it wasn’t the garbage.

I may need some time before I do this again. Maybe a different library. We’ll see.

In other news, deciding to make my book free has been interesting. As I mentioned, I spent almost the entire day yesterday trying to get it involved in promotions. A word of advice to other newbie Indie authors out there: don’t haphazardly give your book away for free. I would have been much wiser to plan this out a bit. Most places let you schedule a month in advance. Many of them require you to schedule at least 3 days in advance. So make a plan, mark it on the calendar, and then start trying to get in on promotional things.

This time around, I’m only doing free options. In the future, I might just bite and try some of the $15 or $30 dollar promotional packages. We’ll see.

But, as for results, yesterday my book climbed from #1,293,234,674,103 (not really, but it was some big number) to #140sh in the Horror genre, and to #8 in the literary mystery and thriller genre on Amazon (of the free books, that is).

I’ll be curious to see just how high I can get it before the promotion period ends at the end of the day Monday. Hopefully, some good will come of this.