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    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post

    I'm not sure whether they're effective any more in gaining sales afterwards, but I've got more good reviews on my books from free days on Amazon than any other mechanism.
    That in itself would have to be a major point on the plus side regardless of other considerations.

    By the way, London UK to SK must be strange leap
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    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    but I've got more good reviews on my books from free days on Amazon than any other mechanism.
    Are you sure that's the proper conclusion of this mix of cause/effect?

    I found women liked me more when I bought them things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade View Post
    By the way, London UK to SK must be strange leap.
    Somewhat. Particularly given that the trip to the nearest remotely comparable city (Edmonton) is about the equivalent of driving from London to Edinburgh. At least the hamster is used to it now he's been there and back three times.

    I'd still rather drive in London traffic than Saskatoon traffic.

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    Are you sure that's the proper conclusion of this mix of cause/effect?
    I found women liked me more when I bought them things.
    The eye off the ball again. The idea is to get good reviews for your books so as to inspire others to buy your books. A good review is the only issue here. How you got it is irrelevant. Some reviewers may or may not state that the book was free. Most people who go so far as to read the review won't care. If you got to the review section and found it BLANK you are very possibly going to put away your credit card but....if you get there and find 50 reviews, you are that much closer to buying the book.

    I suggest people make up their own minds. Hunt down the blogs of all the top independent AMAZON writers - find their blogs - look for their posts on how to do it and tutorials on publishing. Find just one that is against giving away freebees. Just one.

    These are people who have sold upwards of 1,000,000,000 copies of their own books and have been in the game for years and years.

    I don't ask for advice on how to stop smoking from a guy dying of lung cancer and I don't ignore 100 top authors who have already made it if they all did it the same way. The review is for other people, it's not for me. I already know my book is good, I don't need anyone's validation - I need their BUCK$.

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    PS. You are hanging around the wrong class of women. The women in my life like me for my charm and wit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
    Are you sure that's the proper conclusion of this mix of cause/effect?
    I guess it's true that I don't know whether the reviews came from people who downloaded the book while it was free, or from those who bought it. But given at least ten times as many downloaded it for free as paid for it, the odds seem reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    The general rule of thumb seems to be that about 1 in 10 free downloaders start the book, 1 in 100 finish it, and 1 in 1000 write a review.
    A lot of the further converation on this topic seems to take these statistics as fact. Could we get some verification or a link.
    There are three points where a reader can review and those all link back to AMAZON - Goodreads, The Story Cartel and the Amazon site itself.
    The Story Cartel site is contractual - meaning you have to click a "I agree" button and the condition is that the free download is in exchange for a review. Yes, a lot of people will ignore their obligation, but others won't.

    I doubt the numbers are 1 to 1000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Gordon Burke View Post
    A lot of the further converation on this topic seems to take these statistics as fact. Could we get some verification or a link.
    Those numbers are just for Amazon reviews, and based on a lot of people posting the number of free books they gave away and the number of reviews left soon after. For the majority of writers, the number of reviews are a tiny fraction of the number of free downloads.

    But it's certainly possible that others come back and leave reviews weeks, months or years later when they've finally got around to reading it.

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