From Rags to Riches: Amazon Prime

By Mike Jastrzebski

If you have not entered any of your Kindle books into the Amazon Prime program, you may be losing out. I entered The Storm Killer in the program last month and found that I had a bump in sales and I had a dozen books downloaded through the Prime lending program. Amazon paid $1.70 per book for books lent so I made a few extra dollars and sold a few more books. The cost? You have to agree not to sell your books through any other eBook distributors for a three month period. I felt that I came out ahead with The Storm Killer so I signed all of my books up for the program.

Another upside of the program is that Amazon allows you to offer your prime books free for up to 5 days per 3 month period. You do not get paid, but it’s a good way to get exposure.

I am offerering all of my books for free over the next month. If you haven’t read my books here’s a chance to read them for free.

The Kindle version of Weep No More is free through today, Monday, January 23rd at Amazon. Dog River Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery) will be free at Amazon from January 26th through the 30th. Key Lime Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery) will be free February 2nd through the 4th, and The Storm Killer will be free from February 11th through the 15th.

Over the next four Mondays I will be posting how many free books I’ve given away each week and how many books I’ve sold. So far this month I’ve been averaging 25 sales per day among all four of my titles. What do you think , will my sales go up or down? How many books will a relatively unknown writer give away? Come back every Monday if you want to know the answer.

By the way, I put Weep No More up for free yesterday, Saturday the 21st. Through midnight Sunday the 22nd I have had 1068 free copies downloaded.



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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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