Nope, this isn’t a post giving the do’s and don’ts of Kindle free days. There are plenty of those out there and besides, I haven’t gotten all my notes together yet from last week’s free for all frenzy of free downloads of The Billionaire’s Con. I’ll share a “How I did it.” post later – when I know if I did indeed “DO” it, or if my crazed tweeting and posting were were just the manic efforts of a book pimp (as one of my friends dubbed me). For now, I’m just sharing a few thoughts on an intensive labor of love.
To those of you who know me well, I apologize for clobbering you with so much promo crap. Sorry, about that. Oh, and by the way, I’m apologizing right now for next month when A Song for Sophie goes free, and the month after that when That Dating Thing hits KDP free, and then there is Cara O’Shea’s Return… I know. I may need new friends by December.
Anyway, I’m exhausted, but I survived KDP free, with good results – I think. I worked my tail off, reaching and holding higher ratings slots than I ever expected in both the US and UK (#11 overall free and #4 for free contemporary romance). The book is selling well today, YAY, and I went from 8 lonely reviews on Amazon US to 23 since Friday and got my very first review in the UK!
The reviews include seven fabulous new 5 stars, several 4′s, a couple 3′s and two 1′s.
Yeah, those 1′s are ugly!
Holy crap. Who knew people got so worked up and personal over fictional characters? I mean, I’m the author of these characters and know their every thought, and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that worked up over the flaws in their personalities. God, I feel like I’m back in the fifth grade and Sister Mary Beatrice has out her red pen! *Shudder!*
I did just a little bit better over at Goodreads. No 1′s but one of the 2′s complained, “Contains a descriptive sex scene, which made my rating one star lower.” Really? Was it the cover? Because there isn’t a bare chest or heaving bosom, you figured it was a young adult or kid’s book? Hello! Romance novel! Sheesh. Deep breath.
That leaves the good.
Today, I got a notification of a message on my FaceBook author page. Um, I didn’t even know I could get messages there. Anyway, the message was better than good. It was awesome – at least to me. You see, I’d gotten my first legitimate fan mail. You know, from a stranger. It read: “Just finished The Billionaire’s Con. Loved it wanted to know if there might be a sequel coming? Brody and the sister might make a good pair, after all, she needs a daddy for her boys.”
Whoot! Thanks Bertie, whoever you are. Thrown up against those faceless reviewers who feel it’s their duty (or more likely, their pleasure) to trash a story someone else put their blood, sweat and tears into, your simple communication is pure gold and made the entire exhausting last week worth it.
So, look for my “How I did it” post (Thinking positively here) and if there is a soul out there who hasn’t yet downloaded The Billionaire’s Con, you still can, but it’ll cost you a couple of bucks now. You can find it, and my other titles, on Amazon.