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ErikWecks from Vancouver WA is reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern November 23, 2012 - 7:24am

Everyone knows that the internet is front and center in book marketing. What isn't clear is just what exactly is making the difference. This is a place to tell your stories. Hopefully if enough of us do so we can make sense of the noise and figure out what works and what doesn't work.

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ErikWecks from Vancouver WA is reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern November 29, 2012 - 12:51pm

I continue to have success with the KDP at Amazon. I gave away a record number of books on Black Friday. I ended up on the free top 100 list before the day was out. Since then sales have been over 5x what they were previously and my financial book is ranked very high. We will see if it continues.

Here is an article from Squidoo which I found really helpful when setting up my last free campaign.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 29, 2012 - 1:07pm

How does making the top 100 free list translate to sales afterwards? Will your book stay on the list even after you've begun charging for it? Does it get a badge saying it was once a top free book? Is it just word-of-mouth?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 30, 2012 - 5:10am

Not sure how he does it, but I've seen other authors have luck with giving one book away when they had others for sale.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 7:01am

It's advertising. People like it and buy his other stuff. No?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 30, 2012 - 7:17am

He did not say that he had more than one book available, but that might be a safe enough assumption.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 7:44am

Who's the best of us? On LR we've got a lot of published talent, but I'm fairly new and am curious as to whether there is an acknowledged... best.

 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 30, 2012 - 7:47am

It's you.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 7:59am

I KNEW IT!

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 30, 2012 - 8:02am

[The comment above was edited.]

Yes, it's you. We all know it. The WAR is a mere formality, your majesty.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 8:13am

Oh, gosh stop. Really, I dont know what to say, except I'd like to thank all the little people. (I think Bekanator might not like my wearing her crow though)

My question was an attempt to get an opinion or two in order to check out that persons previous work.. I'm bored, drinking tea in a fucking pub, and waiting for dexter to download. Whattya want?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 30, 2012 - 8:12am
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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 8:16am

Low blow. Subway low. What the hells your friggin avatar. A pidgeon? you know what they call those doncha?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 30, 2012 - 8:18am

What do they call them?

Anyway, it's an erne or an osprey, or possibly a bruiser of a gull.

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres November 30, 2012 - 8:21am

@H.I. I'd say check back through some of the book of the month type discussions.  I know they've highlighted a couple of our very own in there.  also, check out the books n booze podcasts.  they have had a lot of guests who are published authors and regular posting members of this little group.

I think it'd be too hard to just say "blah blah blah is the best of this group."  There are so many published authors, some with novels, some with short stories all over the place, some with only 1 or 2 published shorts but really great ones.

Also, you make me jealous.  As I settle in to work each morning, you are posting your drunk thoughts from the pub, and it makes me wish i wasn't at work.  Please keep it up.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling November 30, 2012 - 8:21am

Flying rats. It doesn't matter. I've gotta go, besides I think we've gotten a bit off topic.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 30, 2012 - 9:16am

I checked I think he has 3 on Amazon.

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ErikWecks from Vancouver WA is reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern November 30, 2012 - 12:45pm

Yes, I do have three on Amazon. You definitely get a sales bump from the free days. These can be long lasting. I was on a google hangout with four other authors last night where we discussed how valuable free days on Amazon can be. They can be really important for an indie-author. Really the more you give away the more you sell. It is word of mouth advertising. Think of it this way: just in the USA there are 112,000,000 households. How many of them do you need to purchase your book for it to be a runaway success? Only a very tiny percentage. So I can give away as many as I want and if the book is good people will talk about it and others will purchase it. It is one of the few proven models for the new publishing environment.

Erik

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fport from Canada is reading The World Until Yesterday - Jared Diamond February 11, 2013 - 10:47am

Sandra14 are you a marketing bot you have a lot in common with the commenters who inhabit the end of threads on low traffic web/blog sites.

Alex Jaden are you using the same list that Sandra14 is working off of?

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fport from Canada is reading The World Until Yesterday - Jared Diamond February 15, 2013 - 5:27pm

Hey sonja, are you too a bot, yes you who, a bot who.

I'm thinking the shark net has a tear somewhere.

 

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 28, 2013 - 6:26am

I appears I was a bit late in applying the tender mercies of my ban-hammer.  My apologies to all adversely affected.

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 6, 2014 - 8:25am

Another one!  Goodbye, other bot.