I recently decided to put the first installment of my military science fiction series, the Capicua Chronicles, up for free (perma-free) on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and a host of other platforms.
I did this with some trepidation. Giving away a book I’ve been working on (intermittently) for five years hurts like hell, but I’ve slowly come to realize that it’s a sensible strategy if the book is the first in a series and the author is unknown.
This is also a fine way to evaluate the quality of my writing. After all, if Descent into Mayhem sucks to high heaven, who on earth would consider picking up book II?
Getting my book perma-free on Amazon took some work. I waited until the Kindle Select period had expired before putting my book up on Smashwords and affiliated sites for free. I then had some friends give Amazon a friendly warning that my book was free on those other platforms and request a price match. This effort was not successful at all, and two weeks later my book was still regularly priced.
So I finally took the time to write up an email message detailing my marketing plan. KDP services replied in less than a day, warning that they reserved the right to price the book at their discretion, but that my proposal would nevertheless be submitted for review. The day after that email reply, Descent into Mayhem was free on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.
If any writer wishes to do what I did, I recommend total candor with Amazon. If not, there’s always this group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/126895-taming-amazon
A special thanks to all those group members for helping out a fellow author in need.
Anyway, for anyone out there interested in some mecha combat fun:
FREE on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and a host of other platforms, Descent into Mayhem is the first installment of the Capicua Chronicles, a military science fiction series featuring mobile suits and exoplanetary warfare: