I had a “duh” moment. A while ago, I went through my first Muddy River story, Black Magic Can Backfire, to fix mistakes a reader mentioned. I spent so much time on it, it motivated me to do something with the book. I’ve neglected it for a long time. So, I went to The Fussy Librarian and paid for a promotion and signed the book up to be free for five days, hoping readers will find it and maybe be interested in more Muddy River stories. They’re shorter reads featuring witches, vampires, and other supernaturals. Most books have a pretty strong romance plot, too, so I listed Raven Black and Hester Wand as a paranormal romance. The thing is, The Fussy Librarian didn’t have openings for paranormal romances for a while, so I signed up for one of the earliest I could get, scribbled it on my blackboard, and forgot about it.
Then, I struggled to finish the Karnie Cleaver book I’d been working on, and too much was going on, so I didn’t do the marketing I’d meant to do, gave up, and went to The Fussy Librarian to make the first book in that series, A CUT ABOVE, free for five days to hopefully help readers find THE STEAKS ARE HIGH, too. And guess what?
Now, I have TWO books that will be free at the exact same times, from July 18-22. NOT the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done. The only positive thing I can say is that they shouldn’t compete against each other, since they’re in entirely different genres. A CUT ABOVE is a cozy, culinary mystery. And BLACK MAGIC CAN BACKFIRE is, as I mentioned, a paranormal romance…with a hint of mystery.
If anyone reads my blog for solid writing or marketing advice, DON’T do what I just did. Not my brightest moment. But, there you go. I’ll have two books free for Kindle next week, starting on Monday, the 18th.