I had the chance today to guest blog over at ShaynaGier.com and because it was day 1 of my 2 day Kindle eBook Giveaway, I took the opportunity to reflect on what that promotion meant in terms of readership.
For starters, giving my work away on such a large scale endeavor meant I no longer had any part whatsoever in selecting my readers, which was kind of nice as a self-published author. I solicited reviews after spending a fair amount of time on blogs and book sites before soliciting anyone’s time and opinion.
What handing out hundreds of copies for free means is a plethora of personalities and unique book perspectives, i.e. readers who perhaps aren’t interested or even ready for a book like mine. That’s not to say that Departure is exclusive, it’s not. Honestly, it’s written with no one reader in mind but the story experience itself, which includes all the human nuances and life experiences that a reader brings to it.
And you’ll see, as I point out in the guest post on Shayna’s blog, sometimes life just hasn’t caught up enough to make the story come alive inside every reader who could possibly get their hands on it. That’s a risk every author takes. There are no exceptions.