This is a question for anybody who has ever made their novel free for a few days on Amazon.  The question is – did you find increased sales after the free days had ended?

My thriller ‘For the Sake of a Child’ was free from July 23rd – July 27th.  I was pleased to receive 2370 downloads.  However, now that the free period has come to an end, I am still seeing increased sales.  This morning it was ranked at 7,250 on Amazon.co.uk after 13 Kindle purchases in 2 days.  There have also been 2 paperback purchases on Amazon.com.  I try and organise any promotion to run at the same time as the giveaway, and therefore at the moment no websites are advertising the book.

The same thing happened earlier in the year when I ran an Amazon giveaway for ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’  Sales increased for a couple of weeks afterwards.  I often read that it’s not a good idea for authors to give their work away for free, but in my case the opposite seems to be occurring.

I’d be interested to find out whether other authors have also come across this delightful result of making their books free for a limited period.