My two days of having The Dragon Gem available for free on Amazon was A LOT more successful than I'd hoped. I had double the downloads of my most successful free days with the first edition. I didn't do a lot of advertising about the free days - $10 bucks to boost the Facebook post. I'm sure the new cover art deserves most of the credit (Another thank you to Janette Ramos for that!)
Anyway, The Dragon Gem had never been the # 1 anything. Until now. Well, the #1 free fantasy book on Amazon.de (Germany). Still . . . # 1! In the US, #21 in Fantasy, #3 in Fantasy/Epic, and #3 in Fantasy/Swords and Sorcery at its peak. I know tons of people snatch up freeD e-books, but still, I was stoked to see those numbers.
Now, I'm not so delusional as to think that all these downloads will be read. Not even half. Maybe not even a quarter. But for those who do give The Dragon Gem a read, thank you for giving it a chance. I sincerely hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your thoughts(good and bad). For those who don't, thank you for helping bring up The Dragon Gem in Amazon's free Kindle downloads rankings so that more people could see it. To the one person in Japan and the one India who downloaded it, congrats, you are theoretically the only people in your respective countries to own The Dragon Gem :). That goes for the three in Australia as well.
And to the few that also picked up The Forgotten King, thank you for the vote of confidence.
I would also like to announce that the print version of The Dragon Gem is available for purchase now as well. It's also a couple dollars cheaper than it used to be. I was forced into a higher price the first time around due to having it available in expanded distribution. I forwent that route this time. I'd rather it be available for less. Yes, doing so comes with sacrifices, but again, for now, I'd rather it be cheaper. For any who pick up print versions of The Dragon Gem or The Forgotten King on Amazon, you get the Kindle download for free!
Thanks again to each and every person who downloaded The Dragon Gem and/or The Forgotten King this weekend. It means the world to me.
Now my next project is getting the Alinor's Shard novelette finished. I'm now 84% finished with my initial revisions before having it all sent to the proofreader. Still hoping for a pre-January release, but with the holidays coming up, it may get pushed into early January. As of this moment, though, I think the pre-January thing is most likely. I'll be having some free days with its release as well. I also plan on having some giveaway offers shortly after.
All right, back to Alinor's Shard editing. Woo!
Have a wonderful week, everyone!