This past week has been amazing in regard to my books. Through Smoke went free on Monday, February 4th and was free through the 6th. I run freebies from time to time to try to get some exposure, but this particular promo had perfect timing. It was a great experience. While the downloads came in, that was a great feeling, but the best part of it all is knowing how many new readers I’m gaining. My author page had several new ‘likes’ and I have received several emails.
As a writer, it is a natural high to hear from people who read their material. Each download that showed up on my sales report meant a possible person who might like my stuff. Of course, it could be a complete 180 and it could mean people don’t like it – but that’s the name of the game. Not everyone is going to enjoy what you write and publish. That’s one thing as an author I have to still accept. Sure, getting that review that wasn’t too glowing stings a bit, but that’s part of the job. Even best selling authors like Steven King and Nicholas Sparks get those. (Now I’m going off on a tangent not intended for this particular blog update! Haha!)
This week has officially been the most successful week since I have been published – and not necessarily just downloads and purchases of my books, but the fact that I am gaining new readers. I write to entertain, and knowing that so many people have my book ready to go on their Kindle brings a smile to my face. I’m not in this to get rich – I’m in this to offer joy, wisdom, happiness, or whatever other emotion a person might feel when reading Through Smoke, Backfire (Sequel to Through Smoke), Dance With the Devil, or Fight for Absolution. While these books are intense in nature and can run through every emotion a person can feel, I hope when someone finishes them, they feel it was worth their time (and money).
I don’t know what made this free promo so successful compared to other times that I ran it. It could be timing, luck, or both. Regardless, I owe a HUGE THANKS to all of you readers out there who take their chances with indie authors. It has become a huge market that has caught on like wildfire, so it can feel like a massive sea full of millions and millions of book choices. So again, I greatly appreciate everyone who has bought, downloaded, and read my stuff. It makes this all worthwhile!
Happy reading to you all, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you!