Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Actually, no. I’m asking for myself.
Long-time readers of What The Hell know I’ve been at this now—writing a writing blog about writing and blogging—for almost seven years. In the beginning, I said I’d be describing my experience as a new indie writer/publisher and sharing my thoughts on what it’s like. In fact, somewhere in there I changed the subtitle of the blog to “Kevin Brennan writes about what it’s like.”
So here’s a new dilemma, and I’m hoping that other indies out there know what to do.
I have seven books available on Amazon in ebook editions. Two of them, Our Children Are Not Our Children and In No Particular Order, are always free, and the others currently cost $2.99. The problem is, the only books that ever move are the free ones.
For example, over the last 90 days or so, I’ve given away 77 copies of those two books but I’ve sold just 25 copies of the others. Most of those sales were due to promotions I ran on Eternity Began Tomorrow, my latest novel. There was a fluky six-copy rush on the paperback of Yesterday Road, but that’s never really happened before so I think I can dismiss it in my analysis.
I just wonder, are the freebies actually preventing potential readers from buying the relatively cheap novels? I made them free as a promotional teaser, but people who download them clearly don’t go on to purchase one of the novels. Doesn’t that make this an unsuccessful promotional plan?
I’m thinking of going back to a low price for the two freebies, say, 99 cents, just to see if anybody bites on the others.
What do you think? Anyone out there have good experience with freebies as a gateway drug? Or is it what I think it might be, that people just don’t want to pay for indie books?
Bummer if that’s really true …