After pushing out the release of The Trouble with Flirting by two weeks, I decided to delay (slightly) the last two books in the Trouble series. It was going to be a bit too much of a rush otherwise to get Faking finished by October 30th. And then with all the Christmas activity that goes on every December, and with being on holiday for part of January, I've moved Falling's release to February -- just in time for Valentine's Day ;-)
The Trouble with Faking ~ originally Oct 2014 ~ Now Nov 27, 2014
The Trouble with Falling ~ originally Dec 2014 ~ Now Feb 12, 2015
A dream is a wish your heart makes... It's been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She's attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn't. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn't felt like herself. To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn't alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. And then there's the sorceress. she's using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.
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About the Author
RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.
I was hoping to reach 50,000 downloads in a month, so a total of
almost 66,000 is freaking AWESOME!
The highest is was ranked was #7 overall in the Free Kindle US Store.
Here are some more details from Amazon:
Free downloads of The Faerie Guardian. Click to enlarge.
Paid sales during the period The Faerie Guardian was free.
The Effect on Paid Sales
I had obviously hoped that sales of Creepy Hollow #2 and #3 would go up after making #1 free, and they most certainly did (more so than I expected). I don't sell many of my contemporary romance books, so most of the sales on that second graph are of Creepy Hollow books. It's still quite soon after the promo, so sales are still high. I'm expecting them to dip down a bit over the next few weeks and average out at a daily number that's slightly higher than before the free promo.
The Effect on Reviews
The main reason it took me so long to do a major free promo is because I've heard a lot about how free books receive more negative reviews. This is because a lot of readers will download a book simply because it's free, and not because it's something they really want to read. They then end up reading books that aren't really their thing, and then rate them negatively.
Fortunately, I haven't seen this happening yet! Before TFG went free, it had 121 reviews on Amazon (and it took about 21 months to get those reviews, so an average of 5 to 6 reviews per month). TFG is now sitting on 170 reviews, and those last 49 reviews all appeared in the space of one month. Here's the breakdown of those 49 new reviews:
5* ~ 35
4* ~ 10
3* ~ 3
2* ~ 1
1* ~ 0
BookBub is worth every cent!
Making the first book in a series free definitely leads to sales of the rest of the series.
The royalties I lost on book #1 by making it free were MOOOOORE than made up in increased sales of books #2 and #3.
Periodically making a book free may be better than making a book permanently free. (There is a big boost of downloads and sales after a book first goes free, and thereafter downloads decline.)
Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she's willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.
I don't know how many books were in my category, but I do know that this year's contest was the largest contest Readers' Favorite has ever had and that the first round of judging had to be extended because there were so many books for the judges to read. Regardless of the numbers, that gold seal makes me RIDICULOUSLY happy, as does the fact that I get to put gold stickers on all my print books now (because who doesn't like shiny stickers?!).
I did not celebrate with champagne, but rather with this gigantic box of Lindor that my husband presented to me when he got home (and which is, in my opinion, a whole lot better than champagne!).