I decided to beta test a giveaway on Amazon and the second book on Labor Day Weekend because I have this grand scheme of giving a long work away on Thanksgiving and reducing the price for Black Friday. Yesterday, some people did download the first book, which is a good start. Now, let's hope they at least give the book some star reviews.
I was reading over a thread on one of the writer sites, and there was a debate about at what point Amazon would start promoting books. Some authors said after 40 reviews, some 30. Then, this writer who had published 20 books said it wasn't about reviews, but sales. What is for sure is that the more popular books get more promotion, even when they are free (yes, I checked the free listings). Ergo, commercial publications often trump self-published books.
This is all a fun learning curve, and I am definitely writing longer works because that makes a difference, too. These days, it has been hard for me to focus on the novel because I wanted to produce a certain number of books a month, but I am going to stay committed to finishing The Harvest, even though I started The Awakening. The story is still very alive, so I'm not worried about losing energy for that piece.
My friend also suggested that I use the Midwest Book Review site. However, there is not guarantee they will do a review, I don't think, and the service costs $50. Right now, I'm focusing on my bookmark promotion, and I have to be frugal with my budget, but I will definitely explore that site more. All of this experimenting is fun, and I appreciate all the advice other writers are giving me.
Keep learning and honing your craft. #Resist!