I consider my "12 Days of Stories" campaign a success. The numbers never really mattered, it was about convincing total strangers to go to Amazon and get my free stories.
The fact that I had users from Australia and Spain getting (and hopefully reading) my stories is a small step toward building a fan base.
Thanks to all of you who got my free stories!
I did not intentionally try to trick you into buying my older stories. The truth is, the stories "Justice" and "Ballistic" had covers designed with Kindle's Cover Creator tool. They just looked shabby.
I decided to give them a face lift, designing some more simplistic (yet better, I think) covers for them. I am getting better slowly but surely on my design skills, but I still have a long way to go. Still, I couldn't resist making better artwork for these two titles, since the cover is so important to sales.
See the changes here.
As the traffic here continues to grow, I am struggling at times to keep fresh content flowing onto the site.
There are regular blog posts, but I have made a few additions that I'm pretty proud of in the past few weeks.
First, I added a review page called "Picks" to house reviews of short stories from fellow independent authors. The response has been good so far, I can't wait for the point where I have to stop accepting stories to clear my backlog.
Next, I added a new short story, "To Fill a Gas Tank". It's a true story, albeit a little embarrassing. It's tough to come up with extra stories to give away while still working on things for sale, but I'm trying to make sure that I eventually have plenty of each. This story makes four free stories on the site, my goal is to have 20-30 at a minimum. Still a long way to go.
Lastly, I put together a promotion for the stories that I sell on Amazon, called "12 Days of Stories". Each day I'll be giving away one of my stories (and keeping my fingers crossed for some reviews). I've even added a brand new story that will debut soon. Everything I have on Amazon will be free on Christmas Day as well.