Just a quick post with an update on how it's going so far. My book, No Good Deed, was free on Friday, along with over 600 new freebies. Yeah, you read that right. It was kind of crazy! I was happy that even though this was the third time NGD has been free, it made it to #60 in the Kindle Free store and had about 3,000 downloads.
For the first few days, I didn't have many Prime Lending borrows, but that is picking up. I have about 20 total now. You'd think that would cannibalize my sales, but I've seen the opposite happen--at least so far.
Initially, No Good Deed went back to paid status early Saturday morning at the 'matched' price of 99 cents, because I had it listed as 99 cents at B&N. Obviously, it was no longer listed there, so late Saturday evening, after about 70+ sales at 99 cents, it went back to $2.99, and sales literally came to a screeching halt. I was bummed, but understood. However, Sunday, I sold a few, plus a few of March Into Hell. Yesterday, the same. It was actually the best Monday of sales in a few months, but still nothing spectacular. I think I sold 20 No Good Deed and 8 March Into Hell. I was happy even though my ranking of NGD went from the 2,000s to the 3,000s.
Strangely, today I woke up to over 30 overnight sales of No Good Deed. I have no clue why. It used to be, in the early days, that a site like Pixel of Ink or Ereader News Today, would feature a random book, but even then, it was never in the middle of the night, and those days are gone.
Could my increased sales be connected to KDP Select somehow? I have no idea. It could be a fluke or maybe the book had a mention somewhere that I didn't find on a Google search. Your guess is as good as mine.
Since I went to bed Monday night, I have sold 100 No Good Deed and it has been borrowed another 29 times (to make 39 borrows for that book total). Ranking has gone from the low 3000s, to a low of 757 this morning. It's up to 806 as I type this.
I'm pretty sure KDP Select is the reason for the jump because in the UK, I've not had the same surge. It was free there as well, and I had 73 free downloads, but since it went back to paid, only 11, and none yesterday. The UK doesn't have the Prime Lending Library yet, that I know of, or if they do, not many people must use it. No borrows there yet.