Many indie authors know that having a permanently free book (a.k.a permafree) available for readers to download is a great tool to use when building your mailing list and garnering new readers for your books – especially if it is the first in a book series. But for many new authors, the problem is knowing how to go about making people aware of the fact that your free book is available at all. No matter how good your work is, if people don’t know about it, they won’t read it.
Alas, I am a relatively new author, having just released my second fiction book – The Tucson Prophecy. This book is now permafree and is the prequel novella to my full-length paranormal thriller novel The Seer (The Seer is now available for pre-order through a variety of retailers and being released for sale on November 11, 2016). When I released my book, I had ZERO people on my mailing list, and a pitifully small following on my Amazon author page, Goodreads author page, and blog (read less than about fifteen followers all-told). So my big challenge was (and is) HOW do I make people aware of my permafree book so they will give me a chance as an author and possibly buy my book The Seer when it comes out.
Enter Free-eBooks.net. Now, as a matter of full disclosure, I have already listed The Tucson Prophecy for free on a number of retailers, even getting up as high as #13 in the top 100 free books on Amazon.com for my category (yeah!). I have also reached out on social media and even handed out fliers to people on the street advertising The Tucson Prophecy. All this activity had netted me a total of eight sign-ups on my email list as of yesterday. In keeping with the great indie tradition of never resting on my laurels, I next set my sites on putting my book on the free ebook list sites. Through my research, Free-eBooks.net came up and I decided to give it a go.
I uploaded my permafree ebook 23 hours ago, and already I have 4 downloads from Free_eBooks.net and someone else just signed up on my email list. Not bad, in my opinion. Now, I have no way of knowing if the recent email list sign-up was from my listing at Free-eBooks.net, but it encouraged me to keep plugging away at making more and more people aware of my free book via the free ebook list sites. So here’s to all of you indies out there. Keep writing great books, and give Free-eBooks.net a try!