Daily Archives: October 4, 2014

How NOT to promote your Kindle Freebie – the afterbash

If any of you folks have ever worked in the theater as I have you are probably familiar with what some folks refer to as the “wrap” party.

The afterbash.

Well – if you live life the way you ought to then pretty nearly ANY sort of a creative accomplishment – writing the end of a novel, completing a painting, finishing the last bite of a perfectly made peanut butter and jam sandwich – calls for an afterbash.

Heck – if you do it write mowing the lawn requires an afterbash.

Heck – ask my wife.

Doing the dishes requires a whole freaking parade!!!

So let me tell you how things have turned out with my Kindle Freebie promotion for HAMMURABI ROAD.

Oddly enough I managed to give away 591 free copies yesterday and by this time this morning I have given away another 32 freebie copies.

Problem was, I forgot that I had put this out as a two-day freebie – rather than a one day freebie.

What can I tell you?

Sometimes stupid gets in everybody’s eyes.

So that brings me to another important point about ANY Kindle promotion.

Point #1 – A smart writer who wishes to launch any sort of successful campaign needs to be organized!

In fact, let’s clarify that.

Point #1a – A smart writer who wishes to launch any sort of successful campaign needs to be BETTER ORGANIZED THAN ME!!!

(You see – I am DETERMINED to make this thread live up to its title!)

At the end of the day I believe I have been very fortunate with this particular freebie campaign.

In fact, let’s clarify THAT!

I have been LUCKY with this campaign.

I wrote a solid blog entry that a lot of wonderful people read and shared and retweeted. I can’t guarantee that would happen every time. The fact is not every single one of my blog entries are as solid.


As for today – I have promised my wife I am moving furniture for most of the morning. Grocery shopping will figure into that as well. I’m not going to have the time to continue to apply energy to this freebie campaign today. THAT – more than anything else is why a writer ought to have a couple of good promotional websites lined up to pulse out a few good promotional blasts over each of his promotional days – assuming he remembers that he actually REMEMBERS that it is a two day campaign in the first place.
:-[ :-[ :-[

So yes – HAMMURABI ROAD is STILL free on Amazon.com.

AND you can pick it up for free on Amazon.co.uk as well!

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon