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:
Amazon.com - 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".
"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!"
"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!