Last Sunday I had my day in the sunshine and put Penelope and The Movie Star out for free on KDP Select. The expectation with this experiment was to try out the marketing tool and obviously drum up new readers. Here are some of the results.
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For "Customer Who Bought This Book Also Bought," I now have 95 links. I thought this might be a good thing, but it worries me that perhaps I have just lost my book in another forest of trees. When I look at some of the books in the list, I find that they do not always link back to my book. Another point to ponder is many of the books linked to mine are not related to middle-grade mysteries. I mean is having a tween mystery linked with a book on serial killers a good thing?
I also pulled in 2 real sales out of the experiment. One occurred so close during the give away I didn't see it until the final numbers for the week were tallied. The other came the day after. By day number two things went dead again.
An interesting fallout was with Barnes and Nobles sales. Penelope and The Birthday Curse took off on the same day of the giveaway. While it may be coincidence and I cannot help but see a cause and effect.
Another note is that I have not had any "borrows" yet. Of course, if its free why borrow?
Time will tell. At this point I am not greatly impressed with the results. But this was an experiment and perhaps in a few months I will be singing praises for KDP Select.