On Monday, the Kindle edition of my novel Little Flower of Luzon was available for free download at Amazon.com. Today is Thursday and the response has surpassed by initial expectations. And for that I am grateful beyond all measure.
The model I envision is this: a certain percentage of those who download my novel for free may leave a review on Amazon.com. Those reviews can be favorable or not (I admit that I have purchased books despite negative reviews). Of those total number of people I am banking on each one perhaps telling friends, family, coworkers, reading groups, etc about my book. And again a certain percentage of those who hear by word of mouth may in turn purchase my book (Kindle e-book or trade paperback). Or at least I hope so.
So, if you are out there and you are looking for a good free read and you have a Kindle device you can download my novel right now. If you don’t have a Kindle then you can download the Kindle Reader app at Amazon.com for your laptop, your desktop, or even your iPhone and read my book. And if you do I implore you to please leave an unbiased, honest review at Amazon.com in the future.
Of course, if your like me and love the feel of a physical book in your hand then you can purchase Little Flower of Luzon in trade paperback. And if you do I will be in your debt.
The free download ends Friday night at 11:59pm. Or, if Amazon.com is slow to update their systems, you might sneak by shortly after midnight.
I would like to thank everyone who has downloaded a free Kindle edition so far, and I encourage everyone to do so. Originally, my goal was to have 100 readers download my novel. As of this writing, nearly 200 readers have downloaded the free Kindle edition.
My limited advertising thus far has been on Facebook, Twitter (follow me @obrienwriter), and of course here in my humble blog. Next month, I hope to step up my advertising through other avenues. For now, I am content to know that nearly 200 people have downloaded Little Flower of Luzon. If they tell two people and so forth and so on, then who knows what wonderful, strange trip this may turn out to be.