I’d already drafted a wonderfully eloquent blog post for this announcement, but in my haste to get ready for my vacation last week, I deleted it. Grrrr… Here’s attempt number 2:
If you’ve liked my FB Fan page (and if not, why not???), then you already know that I’m in the process of moving all the books in the Goddess Series to other retailers. However, Book one, GODDESS LEGACY, will be available for FREE indefinitely once it hits stores. Yes, I’m making the first book in the series free. It’s already on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, ARe, Kobo, Sony eReader, etc. I’ve thought long and hard on this decision, and I have a couple of reasons why I am doing this:
First, the five days Amazon allowed me to list it as free during the KDP Select promotion, it received over 20,000 downloads. Totally amazing. I was so blown away by that, and still am. Do I expect everyone who downloaded it to read it? No. Do I expect everybody who does read it to like it? No. But I’ve gotten so many emails from people who’d never heard of me and grabbed it while it was free who absolutely loved it. The book being free exposed the whole series to potential new readers, so rather than funnel a ton of money into marketing the whole series once it’s everywhere, I’d rather take the loss of income and hope the freebie entices enough readers that the gamble pays off. If not, I still feel more comfortable with me taking the gamble of releasing a free book versus readers taking a gamble of paying for book one and not liking it. As a reader, I know what it’s like to spend my money and not enjoy the book. As a writer, I want to alleviate that gamble for you.
Second, so many people helped me spread the word about this series and also helped me with some issues early on. This has been a huge learning experience for me. I set out to release six books within six months and I’m literally a week away from reaching that goal. I don’t think I’ll ever do anything this extensive again (maybe with novellas, not long and short novels). I know my editor has probably cussed me out several times over the last few months. LOL! Anyway, it’s because of all the help that I just want to say thanks with this free book. Which leads me to the other decision I made about this series…
The rest of the books will remain priced at $2.99. Yay!!! Okay, this might not seem like big news, but when I’d originally started mapping everything out last year, my intent was to increase the price to $3.99 on all books (with no freebie) once the KDP Select period was over. I still plan on adopting the pricing structure I’d researched ($2.99 for novellas and $3.99 for novels) on other projects, but I just don’t want to do it for the Goddess Series. Why? Well, what about all of you who paid for book one? I don’t want to turn around and then make you pay more for the other books if you haven’t purchased them yet. That just doesn’t seem fair to me. At least keeping the prices at the intro rate, I’m still saving you $5 over the rest of the books. That’s enough to buy something else… and I’m all about stretching the dollar.
Of course things could always change. I do tend to overanalyze things. 😉 But for now, that’s the game plan. So if you liked the Goddess Series, tell your friends to grab the freebie and let them decide for themselves if they want to read about Legacy’s journey. Speaking of her journey, book six, GODDESS BOUND is scheduled to hit Amazon on June 14! 🙂