Why in the world would one give away a book they wrote? Do you know the personal and physical sacrifice that went into it? Yet still...that's what I did. The idea is, that giving it away makes it a no-risk investment. Hopefully those people will like it, leave a review, and tell their friends. Then their friends will buy it. It also gives you visibility and creates a buzz.
My goal was to give away 1000 copies of Fate War: Alliance this weekend. here are the numbers:
USA - 1273
UK - 105
Germany - 38
France - 6
Spain - 1
Italy - 5
Japan - 3
Canada - 16
For a grand total of: 1447!!!!!!!!!!
That's quite a buzz for a first time author I would say.
My book is now on 10 shelves over at Goodreads and that, in and of itself, is a pretty good start, and it's all due to giving away my book.
I'd like to thank Juan Gutierrez for marketing for me. He obviously did a good job.
You can check out his book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rise-Bob-McDoogal-ebook/dp/B00B3SAUGW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362405550&sr=1-1&keywords=rise+of+bob+mcdoogal
It's vulgar, crass, inappropriate and outright disgusting. But you'll laugh.