Report on the Giveaway Weekend for Nine Best Poems


It’s time to report on the free week-end for Nine Best Poems by Judy Ferro.

Sixty-eight Kindle copies were downloaded and two PDF’s sent to people who didn’t want to add Kindle to their systems.  (I had sent out six PDF’s as advance copies.)  Two downloads were from Amazon-India and one each from the U.K. and Canada!

The poems received four highly favorable reviews.

Judy Ferro, Author now has 10 new Facebook fans.

And there were two downloads of Agnes—an outcome I had not anticipated at all.

Another unforeseen result–Sunday afternoon I totally redesigned the cover.  I started the weekend happy with the cover, but after seeing 15+ posts, it seemed totally boring.  The new cover needs some work—I’m still learning the technology–but I think it conveys the light nature of the book better.

What I’d like to add to that list is a number of readers dug poems out of drawers and published them through Kindle.  I won’t know if I’ve inspired others unless they tell me, but I am hoping some are looking over their poems and wondering how much work it would be.

While the results were nowhere near the 2100 downloads for Garth Wright’s Broken Things when it was a giveaway, they are all positives that would not have happened otherwise.

Garth suggested that Nine Best Poems didn’t reach greater numbers because poetry is not a hot-selling item—or even a hot giveaway item.  He pointed out that only poems by Edgar Alan Poe were downloaded from Amazon more frequently that weekend.  Really?  What about Emily Dickenson and Virginia Wolff and Shakespeare?  (Of course, they didn’t publicize a giveaway weekend on Facebook!)

I put five posts on my personal FB page, ten on my author page and two on Idaho Authors’s Community—a group of 50+ authors who hold book signings together.  I saw about ten shares.  Two positive posts—one reporting the great review from Lamos and one pointing out it was easier to hawk free items than paid ones—reached twice as many viewers as the others.

I didn’t make Amazon’s list of the day’s 100 top giveaway.  That’s right—Amazon has a DAILY list featuring 100 giveaways.  That couldn’t have happened with print copies.  We have really entered a new age of publishing.  We may have no more authors making a living from writing than we did when the only route to the public was a handful of print publishers, but readers do have a lot more choices.

Three on-line sites featured Nine Best Poems—Book Goodies, Free and Discounted Books, and Free-book Dude.  The last was a one-hour listing starting at 6 p.m.  I noted that Pixel of Ink and E-Books Habit listed only three books each and Bargain E-Book Hunter, only five.  Hey, if I didn’t make Amazon’s top 100, I could hardly hope to make someone’s top five!

In mid-September I’ll push Two for the Show, a play that takes place in “once upon a time.”  I may discount it to 98 cents rather than have a giveaway weekend. Then I can invest my imagined profits in a paid listing on a website for one day and ads on FB for one day.

Marketing resembles driving in that I’m not good at it, but no one is offering to do it for me!

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