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Live Forever - from Smashwords
#1  Jake_Drake 05-27-2010, 06:18 PM
In order to promote one of my ebooks I will be offering it for free from Smashwords.com this Saturday for one hour only. I haven't decided on the exact time yet. I work nights and sleep early morning, so it depends upon exactly when I get out of bed to get it started, but it most likely will be from 1pm-2pm (Pacific time). I will come on here and post the thread when it starts.

The ebook will be: Live Forever

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11085

Be sure to register with Smashwords.com in order to download this book. It can be downloaded to your PC as well as to any eReading device.

See you Saturday.

Jake
(Jacob M. Drake)
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#2  dreams 05-27-2010, 06:43 PM
Welcome again, Tony Jake. What a very nice offer for your book.

Unfortunately, we are a worldwide forum and you will probably be posting this in a limited time frame that many customer members in other countries will miss.

Smashwords is a great place to publish as it has no geographic restrictions and many members in other countries appreciate being offered the opportunity to purchase books that many be unavailable to them through other stores.

I, myself, have a family obligation on Saturday day and will unfortunately miss your offer.

Thank you again for the great offer and have fun exploring our forums and interacting with the worldwide membership of readers, publishers, and authors.
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#3  Jake_Drake 05-27-2010, 07:14 PM
First, I'm not Tony, I'm Jake.
Second, if this goes well then I guess I can do it again at a different time period. I work nights so when I get off work the rest of the world is awake for their day. Works for me.

So how about this...Saturday night at midnight I will make the same offer from midnight to 1am so the other half of the world can take advantage of it if they want, que?

Jake
(Jacob M. Drake)
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#4  Ed_ODell 05-27-2010, 07:41 PM
Jake,

I had a similar offer, and the response was outstanding. Based on data I've been able to gather and analyze, people here are thoughtful, avid readers. I initially posted to gauge interest, thinking anyone and everyone would just snap it up. In a 36 hour span in which I put up a promotion, I had over 670 unique page views, yet only 282 sales. Knowing that people have varied likes and dislikes, I was thrilled that people took the time, read a bit, then decided to either use the coupon or decline. Shows me that these readers are looking for works that suit their tastes.

Good luck with your promotion!

Regards,

Ed O'Dell
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#5  dreams 05-28-2010, 12:24 AM
Quote Jake_Drake
First, I'm not Tony, I'm Jake.
Second, if this goes well then I guess I can do it again at a different time period. I work nights so when I get off work the rest of the world is awake for their day. Works for me.

So how about this...Saturday night at midnight I will make the same offer from midnight to 1am so the other half of the world can take advantage of it if they want, que?

Jake
(Jacob M. Drake)
Sorry, Jake, about the name mishap. I should have reread my post before I closed out and went to work. I edited it in my post.

The addition of the generous second time offer should make it more convenient for some of our worldwide membership who miss the first time window. Thank for your consideration and good luck with your promotion.
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#6  Jake_Drake 05-28-2010, 06:30 AM
To Ed - It was seeing your promotion that inspired me to do mine. I'm still new at this promoting myself thing. Thanks for the idea.

To Dreams - Not a problem getting me mixed up with Tony - I was only teasing you about it. I forget sometimes that we are living in a global community nowadays. Having been raised thinking of the world as what I can see around me is a tough view to shake. I'm trying...
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#7  rogue_librarian 05-28-2010, 06:52 AM
Quote Jake_Drake
In order to promote one of my ebooks I will be offering it for free from Smashwords.com this Saturday for one hour only. I haven't decided on the exact time yet.
Not to rain on your parade, but I think it's a stupid idea. I might be interested in your book (which is what this all about, right?) and download it to take a look, but I won't be watching some site to see whether you've flicked the switch yet. Make it a full day, or a few hours at the very least (and preferably not on the weekend), and announce the window well in advance. Just my €0.02.
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#8  Orochi 05-28-2010, 09:44 AM
Quote rogue_librarian
Not to rain on your parade, but I think it's a stupid idea. I might be interested in your book (which is what this all about, right?) and download it to take a look, but I won't be watching some site to see whether you've flicked the switch yet. Make it a full day, or a few hours at the very least (and preferably not on the weekend), and announce the window well in advance. Just my €0.02.
I have to agree - maybe some people will go have a look, but these 1 hour STUNTS irk me, to the point that I will not go look at any of the authors work at all, money or no money.

A one day free, weekend free, coupon discount, or something along these lines, might intice me to have a look even after the promo is over, and even possibly purchase that book and/or others from the author. Even a couple of good reviews are more likely to get me to have a look, but one hour!? PLEASE, that's like cutting me off on the road, just to get my attention. I'm too polite, but for most people the only reaction your likely to get, is the finger.

And, no I won't go look at Ed Odell's books either, for the same reason.
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#9  jinlo 05-28-2010, 11:11 AM
I'm not sure about this one hour promotion.

I will admit, it got my attention enough to open the thread to see why in the world an ebook on this forum would be available for one hour only. Perhaps the novelty of the promotion will generate enough interest that it will turn out to be a good idea.

On the other hand, this is setting the stage for potential abuse as well. I am worried that this forum will be absolutely bombarded by new one hour promotion announcements over and over. In essence, it can give the spammers that make no other contribution to this site unlimited license to proclaim their book is suddenly available for a special price.
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#10  abookreader 05-28-2010, 11:45 AM
It is an interesting concept but that is an awful lot of hoops for me to jump through in order to sample the work of an author I've never heard of before this morning and will probably forget about by the end of the day. Honestly if I happen to be around the internet Saturday and I happen to see you post about your promotion I might be motivated to go take a look. But to put it bluntly I'm not going to rearrange my holiday weekend for it.

I mean, if nothing else at least decide for sure upon the time you'll be offering the book before you decide to come here and tell us about it. KWIM?
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