A question for you on the Freebie Flashes
One of my readers, Rick, reasonably pointed out that it would be helpful in the Freebie Flashes (where I link people to free promotional titles from the Kindle store) if I provided a short description of each one.
I agree. :)
I know that would make it easier for people, particularly in the case of people reading this blog on a Kindle (thank you, subscribers!).
As long time subscribers know, I used to describe each one, link to the author’s web page (where possible), link to the publisher, briefly describe the publisher, and so on.
The main thing is that there are so many more freebies now. Take a look at how the numbers have changed:
Free books (without public domain)
August 1, 2011: 1,046
July 1, 2011: 883
June 1, 2011: 707
May 1, 2011: 20,984
April 1, 2011: 17,832
March 1, 2011: 241
February 1, 2011: 240
January 1, 2011: 230
December 1, 2010: 183
November 1, 2010: 171
October 1, 2010: 161
September 1, 2010: 143
August 1, 2010: 621 (125 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
July 1, 2010: 599 (102 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
June 1, 2010: 559 (63 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
May 1, 2010: 556 (57 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
April 1, 2010: 560 (59 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
March 1, 2010: 67
February 1, 2010: 52
January 1, 2010: 53
December 1, 2009: 84
November 1, 2009: 64
October 1, 2009: 67
That makes it tough just to keep up!
Also, many of the freebies now are independently published stories, often shorts. That matters because I don’t know the book, much less the author…I often did know that with the tradpub (traditional publishers), which made it easier to write a summary.
Third, when Amazon dropped me (and everybody else in California) as an Associate, that took away a tool I was using to make the links. Without it, I think it has increased how much time it takes me to do each link. It isn’t really a factor that when you click on the freebie, I don’t get anything from Amazon for it any more. It used to help me get to another tier of referral fee (that was based on total items, and it included freebies), but that was never a huge driving factor for me….the money I do get this is from subscriptions, and I feel better about that.
So, those are three reasons that putting in more description is much harder and time consuming than it used to be for me.
I have had people tell me the like the Freebie Flashes, and honestly, there are a couple of reasons that I like doing them myself. One thing is that I order the books for our account at that time..I’d be going through them all anyway. The other one is, well, they require less intellectual effort. Not less time, necessarily, but it can be done without as much thought. I had a situation recently where I had some dental pain (I’ve been to the dentist…seems to be okay), and couldn’t concentrate all that well. The Freebie Flash let me get a fresh post out to you, even when I was somewhat distracted. :)
I see three main ways to proceed:
- Continue the way I’m going…basically, just link to the books, including the author and the publisher (or telling you it is independent)
- List fewer books, but with more information
- Stop doing the Freebie Flashes