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What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in other types of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?
I keep H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis, the first (and full-length) novel in the series free all the time or at least for the near future. I've got a dozen books out; it makes me feel good to provide something for people to look at and decide if they like my writing, and want to continue with it, at no risk/cost to them.
The goals include giving back something creative to people, another is to allow people to try out my writing, and decide if they like it.
I've tried short-term giveaways, prior to setting up that book perma-free, and they did well, perhaps up to 1-2 thousand given away per giveaway.
I've also tried coupon giveaways on Smashwords that was less than impressive.
The only real obstacle was on getting H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis to STAY free on Amazon. They don't seem to read the "I found a lower price over here" messages very often. Once they finally did it, it's worked okay.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy Author Kevin Rau @kevin_rau is the author of the H.E.R.O. superhero book series.
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