Ok, Folks. I have given in. The fruits of my sweat and toil, emotional heartbreak, and the cause of my empty wallet, is today going FREE! Even the cats think I’m stupid!
I have long ago given up on the hope of opening my kdp.amazon account in the morning and finding anything but ‘There are no sales to report in this period’ greeting me, but to Give it Away? It seems like sacrilege. I sat in Starbucks writing it, just as J.K.Rowling did – and now I have to give it away???
I have misspent my idle hours for the past year reading blogs by writing Gurus and marketing Experts telling me how to turn my masterpiece into a best seller in just 30 minutes for only $5, so now is the time to try it out!
I am posting this on Friday 13th – the first day of my 5 day Giveaway. What Great planning! I am not superstitious, but I have put a Black Cat in this week just in case.
Well, you’ve read this far, so I guess this is a topic that you have some vague interest in – so it’s time to get sensible.
Being a bear of very little brain I have struggled to come to terms with IT, wrestled with Social Marketing, and now, just as I was beginning to see the wood for the trees, I am being bombarded with terms like ‘SEO’ and ‘Algorithm!’
Well I hope someone out there will send me an idiot’s guide… no, make that an absolute dinosaur’s guide to ‘tracking’ and ‘boosting.’
One of the marketing books I read, which I even paid for, said that a big give-away is the way to go – never mind the profits – there won’t be any until you have a ‘presence’, a ‘profile’, a ‘platform’ (more dinosaur’s guides needed, please). So I bit the bullet and started to plan the Give Away For Free Event, or GAFFE, as I believe it will come to be known as.
Months of planning have gone into researching ‘free’ websites (many of which you have to pay for! (?)), facebook groups, Philippine organisations, twitter followers and anyone or thing else that can help my GAFFE be a success.
Finally, it’s all (nearly) lined up and ready to go…
Why, oh why did I have to read that new article yesterday! Another “Best-Selling Author” (I am beginning to wonder if I am the ONLY NON-best-selling author left!) wrote a blog saying that give-aways do NOT work anymore. He says that that Amazon has changed it’s Algorithms and that free book boosts do not assist rankings or sales anymore. I am trying not to cry.
It’s going ahead anyway – My book will be free from 13th to 17th September from Kindle and you can download it - HERE or by clicking on ANY of the pictures.
You will make me VERY happy if you DO download it, and read it – and I will be delirious with joy if you will then post a review for me.
This is my first give-away – please help to make it a success by telling all your friends and contacts. Thank you.
In the next blog post I will be reporting on the success or otherwise of my venture – will my GAFFE turn out to be the best thing I could have done? WATCH THIS SPACE NEXT WEEK for the results!
P.S. Please do not feel too sorry for me. It isn’t EVERY day that I have NO sales on kindle (thank you, mom).
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Wish me luck! Arthur.
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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