I’ve decided to make my short story Attractions permanently free. Or, at least, I’m going to try to do that. I did an experiment where I made it free for a little while on Amazon, and it totally failed. It didn’t convert into any sales of my novel Entropy, which is obviously my objective. So I’m making some changes and trying again.
First, I let my “KDP Select” contract with Amazon run out. That will allow me to put the book on other platforms, hopefully increasing my reach to different readers. It’s also a necessary step to making the book free.
I expanded the sample of Entropy to be the full first chapter, not just the first scene. (I also did this with the sample of Entropy in my novella Regrets.)
I’ve uploaded the book to Smashwords, and you can grab it for free there already, if you like. I now need to wait for them to review it, and hopefully they’ll decide to make it available to Apple and B&N and the other places people can buy books. If they do, then it’ll be free on those sites, and I’ll be able to get Amazon to make it free. (That’s the only way to make a book free on Amazon—make it free someplace else and ask them to price-match it.)