Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

The Great Free Experiment

The Hall of the Wood

The Five Elements

Right now, you can download both of my eBooks on Amazon for free.

This is an experiment to see if "free" works. I won't know the results (results being measured in real $$$ sales) until after the free period ends (tonight at midnight), so I'll have another post to discuss that.

What I do know at this point is that The Five Elements, which was not selling well even at $0.99, has gotten nearly 1,000 downloads in just 1 1/2 days of being free. The Hall of the Wood, which is free only for today, has racked up a couple of hundred downloads.

I don't know yet if free will actually translate into sales, but it sure seems to be working for getting readers, or at least downloaders. The key metric I'm really looking to get out of this is reviews. In theory, the more people who download the eBook, the more people who read it. I don't expect everyone who downloads either eBook will actually read it (people like to hoard, and sometimes the sheer volume of 'free' can be overwhelming once you fire up the Kindle), but even if 10% of the downloaders actually read the book, that's 100 new readers. Maybe even some reviews, too.

The Hall of the Wood: Free Today

The Hall of the WoodThe Hall of the Wood is free on Kindle today. This is a 1 day deal, so get it while you can.

My other novel, The Five Elements, is also free just for today. I decided to extend the 1 day freebie on that one into a second day because it was gaining so much momentum I didn't want to stop it. Right now, The Five Elements is sitting at #5 Epic Fantasy and has gotten over 500 downloads.

But this post is supposed to be about The Hall of the Wood.

The Hall of the Wood went free for most of the month of December and it "sold" (downloads, really) like crazy. Around 200 downloads/day, and never really showed signs of slowing. I'm hoping some small fraction of those thousands of potential readers will like it and leave a review. The jury is still out on that.

In the meanwhile, go download The Hall of the Wood.