Entries in free kindle books (4)

Wednesday
Sep122012

Is Kindle Nation Daily a Scam?

Recently, an author friend of mine who is releasing a children's series asked my thoughts on Kindle Nation Daily. She is considering using the platform to skyrocket her book to superstardom. I am on their mailing list, mainly to check out new titles, but I never thought of using KND for increasing book sales, though 711 Press stands behind any marketing I am eager to do. However, her question piqued my interest and I began doing some research.

I reached out to several authors who've used the various marketing options on the KND pay platform and I quickly began to walk the fence on my thoughts on the benefits of KND. First, I've seen some amazing ranking climbs on their sponsorship page by clicking on the "Sponsorship Results" link, which pulls up a spreadsheet. I studied this spreadsheet and was quite impressed. I did however notice that the results were not in order by date, which leads me to believe that the website chooses to only release positive results. I also noticed that many of the amazing ranking climbs only occurred with the free books.

After studying this spreadsheet, I reached out to several authors that weren't posted on this spreadsheet, to ask how well they truly did from the marketing campaign through KND and asked if they would do it again. Most results were bleak and many have already turned to other marketing options. In fact, one author, who had paid nearly $200.00 for an email blast/book excerpt package only sold eight books in two days before the sales ceased.  Wow, that means that the author made less than $20.00 or less than 10% of the money they applied to the campaign. I don't know about you, but I'm not in the habit of paying ten bucks to make a dollar.

So, does this mean it's a scam? Will KND actually work? I am still on the fence. I believe a person would have to test the various payment platforms they offer, but who has a thousand dollars to play the game of so-so marketing. I'd rather go to the slots and have fun. Still, if you do plan to offer your Kindle book for free for a limited time, KND marketing may help to increase traffic to your book page. But, then will it convert to actual sales once it's not free anymore? Many people are freebie hounds and too cheap to actually pay a few dollars for a good read. Amazon, in my opinion, has created this new wave of freebie hounds. I am personally against the freebie releases to bump rankings, but that is out of my hands. 

On the other hand, it may help your sales and rankings if you promote your book while it is offered for free, but ONLY if you have a trilogy or book series, using KND to promote your freebie. If people love the first in a series, they may be willing to buy the next book. Still, the freebie hounds will hold off on purchasing, hoping that one day you'll release book #2 for free. Which brings up a great point--I would NEVER offer any book in a series for free except for the very first book. If you do, you're only feeding the freebie hounds.

Back to KND--My friend who used the email blast bragged how KND would be blasting her book to 30,000 opt-in emails. Yippydeedoo, I'm on that list and I can tell you from personal experience that being blasted everyday eventually looses its appeal. After a week or so of KND emails, I quit reading them. Of course, I've probably missed some great reads, but I cannot stand repeatedly being hounded via email, even though I've opted in. So, if I feel this way, imagine how many others feel the same.

Let's say 30,000 people get the email, only 3,000 open it, (because the other 27,000 are sick of emails just like me) only 300 actually read it all the way through, only 30 are interested in your book genre, only half of that visit your page, and only half of them buy. That's 3.5 sales. But let's round it up to four sales of a $2.99 book. That means you didn't even make nine bucks (since you opted for 70%) on a $179.00 marketing plan. Hmmmm, I could've found other creative marketing ways to spend that money, even some non-marketing possibilities such as buying a new purse ;)

So, while this blog may seem like a rant, blasting Kindle Nation Daily for poor results, it's more about me asking my readers for their personal results and thoughts on the KND platform. Am I wrong? Will KND actually work? Should an author spend hundreds of dollars testing each payment platform to find the magic marketing combination? Or is KND already so saturated with authors and readers that it has already lost its touch? Let me know.

Dru out

Monday
Apr022012

Rerun Week Begins with Mafia Madness!

For our fans who are familiar with our "Rerun Mondays" promotion, which offers one free TV Book episode per week, we've got exciting news. Rerun Mondays began with our YA TV series, Order of 5ive, and since the launch, we've received plenty of great feedback...and you'll be happy to know that we've listened to your comments.

As a gift to our fans, we've changed Rerun Mondays to the all new Rerun Week format. You'll no longer have to wait an entire week to receive the next episode of the first season of one of our TV Books. Now, you'll have access to the ENTIRE first season of a selected TV Book series, absolutely FREE for five whole days. Download the entire season and share this information with your friends and family.

To launch Rerun Week, we're kicking it off in the world of organized crime with Mafiosi Season One. In this exciting TV Book series, we follow the life of up and coming mafioso Vincenzo Abruzzi as he climbs the ladder of the powerful Paranzano family in 1950s New York. If you love films like The Godfather, Donnie Brascoe, Goodfellas and television shows like The Sopranos and Las Vegas, Mafiosi will fill your mind with enough crime and opulence to make you feel like you're in the book living the life of a thriving mobster. 

Check out Mafiosi here. To download your free Kindle copies, click on each Kindle link below an episode.

Rerun week will happen periodically throughout the year, so stay tuned for other fun-filled TV shows.

Monday
Jan092012

Rerun Mondays

Start the Work Week With a Bang!

Beginning Monday, January 9, 2012, 711 Press will launch "Rerun Mondays," a weekly reissue of previously released 711 Press TV books. What does this mean to you, the reader? It means you’ll have the chance to enjoy an entire TV book series for free!

Every Monday, one free episode from past TV book shows such as Mafiosi and Order of 5ive, will be available for 24-hours via Amazon Kindle. This is the perfect chance for you to test-drive old seasons before a new season is released. TV books are easy reads that can be finished in less than 30 minutes. If the story is way too exciting for you to wait another week for rerun Mondays, each TV book is only .99¢ through Amazon Kindle! The official Rerun Mondays launch begins with a bang, as we intend to push our YA sci-fi adventure line.

We'll be offering Order of 5ive episodes 00 and 01, with future free episodes to follow each Monday, leading up to a conclusion on March 26th. As a bonus, we'll also offer a rerun of our latest TV book show, Age of the Sigil episode one for free. To receive your free copies of Rerun Monday TV books, refer to our blog each Monday for links to the free episodes. Happy reading!

Wednesday
Dec072011

Free Chapters & Free Episodes on All 711 Titles!

In the spirit of giving, 711press.com is now updated with free chapters from each of our Movie Book titles, and free Kindle, Nook and Google editions of the first episodes on our TV book series are live. Each Movie Book page on 711press.com features a "READ SAMPLE CHAPTER" link below the book synopsis, and links to free copies are available on each TV book page.

READ FREE CHAPTERS OF OUR MOVIE BOOKS:

  

The Crisis Trilogy (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

Book I - http://711press.com/the-crisis-artifact/

Book II - http://711press.com/the-chaos-pendulum/

Book III - http://711press.com/the-catastrophe-scroll/

 

Kill Factor (Spy Action & Adventure)

http://711press.com/kill-factor/

 

  

Moment of Death Trilogy (Horror)

Book I - http://711press.com/flight-666/

Book II - http://711press.com/long-cold-winter/   

Book III - Coming 2012

 

Werecat Saga (YA Sci-Fi & Horror)

Book I - http://711press.com/feral/

Books II & III - Coming 2012

 

READ FREE COPIES OF OUR TV BOOKS:

You can also download the first episode in each of our TV book series for free via Kindle, Nook, and Google editions at the following links:

Order of 5ive Episode Zero: Origins (Action and Adventure)

http://711press.com/order-of-5ive/

 

Mafiosi Episode One: Beginnings (Crime Drama)

http://711press.com/mafiosi/

 

Age of the Sigil Episode One:  Return of the Sigil (YA Fantasy & Adventure)

http://711press.com/age-of-the-sigil/

(NOTE: This episode is live though Season One doesn’t officially launch until Monday, January 2, 2012. Currently, Episode One is listed at $0.99, but the price will be listed as free by end of December 2011.)