One Promotion Done, Another Underway

Happy April, everyone! I’ve never been a fan of April Fools Day, so no pranks will be found here.

Today launches the start of a brand new promotion I’m taking part in. In a bid to find more newsletter subscribers, I’ve joined a group of 50 other authors, and all are offering free mystery/suspense ebooks if readers sign up to their newsletter. The promo lasts until May 9th , which provides ample time to find great new reads. I have no idea how this event will go, but if I don’t try I won’t have my answer either. The link to all of the offered ebooks is HERE If the link doesn’t work, please let me know!!

Last week’s series promotion on Freebooksy went well, I think. Of course, when you’re trying something new there’s nothing to compare it to. But I sold a couple of hundred ebooks and wound up ranking #52 in the free Kindle books category and #5 in the women sleuths category. This is a rarity for me. I had just over 2,000 downloads on my featured day, but Amazon and other outlets are keeping The Opposite of Dark free until April 5th, and sales are still trickling in. Perhaps the most important part of this exercise is that I improved my discoverability, which is wonderful.

A year ago, I gave no thought to promoting an entire series, or a newsletter, for that matter. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and taking some risks. One of the best parts is that I’m learning a lot and by sharing my experiences, I’m hoping it’ll help with your strategizing too.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “One Promotion Done, Another Underway”

    1. What I’m doing might prove helpful, Jacqui, and I’ll share results once it’s over. There are many joint promos offered through BookFunnel, some for newsletter building, others for selling books. It’s something one can do year round at no cost. However, I’m not sure what the response will be yet, and I’m advised to purchase a Twitter ad to help boost things, which I’ll do a little bit later next week.

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    1. Thanks, Jo-Anne. I’m curious too. What I’m already discovering is over 60 downloads yesterday, but only a couple have remained signed up to my newsletter. I’ll have to find out if this is a common thing.

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  1. I did one BookFunnel promotion and I had 69 downloads. So far I joined the free membership without collecting email addresses for newsletters. It went well so I may join for a paid membership to have free or sales promotion. I only saw one poetry promotion that runs once a year.

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      1. There are many promotions there, Debra. I only need to promote The one I signed three times during the promotion. There wasn’t anything else to do. Some asked to enter the email address from the person who wants to download. I think that’s how you collect them.

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