Monday, March 26, 2012

Prison Nation Promotion Weekend Wrap-Up

I feel dizzy.  Dizzy with awesome.

This last weekend I hosted my first free promo weekend for Prison Nation.  I wasn't fully sure what to expect for it.  After a little bit of promotion for the promo (some tweeting, some facebooking, a good old blog post) the weekend started and I held my breath.

And oh my goodness.

After day one:
Prison Nation had been downloaded a little over 9,000 times.
After day two: 
The download number had spiked to over 20,000 awesome readers.

I think my jaw literally hit the floor so many times I should have taken duct tape and secured it back in place.

Waking up this morning, I logged in to check the stats after the final day of the promo weekend.  Ready for the numbers?

Final Download Count: - 29,956
All other Amazon countries - 329
Total number of free downloads - 30,285

*picks jaw back up from ground once again*

During the run of my promo, I also watched Prison Nation climb on the Best Selling Free ebooks lists.  Here are some numbers saw it acheive:

#1 in free Science Fiction
#2 in free Contemporary Fiction
#6 in ALL free ebooks

Seeing it on the main page, listed for all to see... Even though it was for the free section and even though those numbers are gone, for now, it honestly brought tears to my eyes.  This weekend was so much more than I expected.

Not to mention all of the new reviews I saw popping up on both Amazon and Goodreads.  Here are a few little snips:

"This was a great book! Very well written and a unique concept. It was very different from all the other dystopians that I have read this month".
-Jamie, Goodreads

"This book kept me so engrossed that I had to finish it before I could put it down! An awesome read! I would recommend this book for anyone that wants a great read!"
-Melissa Smith, Goodreads

"I would definately suggest this book to anyone who wants to read a VERY good book! The plot of this book really makes you think about how things may turn out in the future! Millie has to learn quite a few lessons that many of us should also learn!"
-Melissa, Amazon

"I downloaded this book this morning and just now finished. I was so caught up from page one I couldn't put it down, even reading as I walked thru the house to do chores! This subject is so unlike anything I have ever read, though some of the themes remind me of today's headlines. The main character, Millie, has such a heart wrenching situation that I found myself rooting for her on nearly every page. I hope this author is busy at work on her next novel as her writing is superb."
-J. Anderson, Amazon

You are all amazing.  Knowing that over 30k people out there now have a copy of my book... it is mind boggling.  Have I said thank you?  No?
Thank you Thank you Thank you.

It will be interesting now to see how sales go post-promo.
If you didn't manage to snag a copy this last weekend (or if you would just love to support this debut author here by purchasing a copy now), Prison Nation is back on sale for only $2.99 on Kindle

Prison Nation is also available in paperback and through the Kindle Lending Library.  Check it out!

Time for me to duct my jaw back on, find some chocolate, and resist the urge to continuously check my current Kindle stats.  Thank you all for spreading the word and supporting my writing.  I look forward to many more writing days with you!



Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Wow Jenni that's awesome! I'm completely blown away for you :D

Griffin Hayes said...

Hi Jenni,

Your book looks awesome! Congrats on the successful promotion.


Jenni Merritt said...

Thank you Griffin!

And yes LLLW, blown away. :)

Michael Pierce said...

You've really inspired me. I must admit I followed your stats all weekend. That was absolutely awesome! I'm a few chapters into you book and excited to get deeper into it. I also convinced a friend to download and start reading it, too. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Downloaded your book off amazon the other day. Just read it and couldn't put it down. It was a wonderful story and I completely enjoyed it. When I got to the end I was thinking.... I hope there's a second book coming out! :-)

Anonymous said...

I download and read a lot of the free books on Amazon. I am always searching for a new fun series to read. Most of the freebees are ok, but just okay. Yours made me want to look for a sequel to buy. When you have a sequel I will certainly purchase it. Thank you for the fun read. I'll be looking forward to your next book.


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