Gratitude = Giving It Away

This long weekend, from Friday to Sunday, my début novel, CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, is free on Amazon. It’s an opportunuity for me, a still rather unknown author, to garner more readers by giving it away. Download my book here.

Rather than delve into the pros and cons of participating in Amazon’s exclusivity program, I would rather express my gratitude to the many people who already have downloaded or borrowed my book, read it, given me positive feedback, and/or posted a review on Amazon.

I’ve learned a lot since embarking on this writing journey last year. I believe my next two books (one still tentatively titled “The Reunion” and the other, a sequel to CFB, presently called “Chocolate Fondue”) will be better than my first, because as a writer, I’m challenging myself and writing every single day. I set aside “The Reunion” this month, as I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month, and working only on “Chocolate Fondue.” I’ve written nearly 60,000 words since November 1st!

There are many more books to be written. Believe me, I’ll die before I run out of stories. Thank you for believing in me! Now go get yourself a free copy.

To Be Free or Not?

It wasn’t an easy decision. Should I use some of the free days allotted to me by being in the Kindle Select (exclusive to Amazon) program for 90 days? That’s one of the benefits, if you call it that. Five free days to give away your book to whoever wants it.

One half of me thought, ‘I worked so hard on this book, spent a lot of money on editing, formatting, and besides, this is my full-time job now. I haven’t had a paycheck in over a year – why would I want to give away something I’d worked so hard to create and perfect?’

The other half said, ‘But the purpose of writing a book is for that book to be read, by as many people as possible. So even if you have to give it away, you’ll gain more exposure, and maybe (maybe!) those readers, if they like this book, will want to read your next novel.’

This past month was heady – because a lot of friends and family members downloaded my book and provided wonderfully positive feedback. They posted terrific reviews on Amazon. They shared the link with their own friends and helped me to promote it. Even some strangers let me know how much they liked it. It feels pretty good!

But now that we’re past the first month, it’s time to get this book noticed by people who don’t know me. So I’m on board with the free promotion, for today and tomorrow. If you haven’t had the chance to read “Chocolate for Breakfast” yet, here’s a great opportunity! If you had, you can gift it to someone you know.

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