We’re nearing the end of the first day THE BIG RED BUCKLE has been on Amazon for free. As of this moment more people have down loaded the book in the last 24 hours (actually less) than everyone who has purchased the book, print or ebook, since I published it last December. Currently it is rated number 3 and 4 in its two primary categories.
First, this makes me feel pretty good. I mean, the fact that hundreds of strangers have taken the relatively risk free step of downloading my book while it is free at the very least means I am likely to get some new eyes on. Maybe they’ll like it, maybe they won’t, but at least there are new people reading it and that makes me happy. It seems a low bar, but getting anything like a ground swell of new readers has been a serious challenge for me thus far. So it goes without saying that I now see the value in offering free works.
Second, I want to thank all of you who supported this book before I took this opportunity to give it away. Seriously, it means a lot to me that you were willing to fork over your hard earned cash. Your support, perhaps of me more as friend than as author, means a ton and it is humbling to know that someone loves you at least that much. I’ve never been very good at showing my gratitude, but I have great quantities of it, especially for those few who have gotten me this far in my career as a writer.
Third, there are still four more days of free. The promotion ends next Tuesday and now that THE BIG RED BUCKLE has made cloud base, I’d like to take it the full distance. See how far we can make this go cross country. So, please tell your friends, tell your coworkers, tell your mailman, tell anyone and everyone. It’s free.