Why I decided to make my book free for a limited time

My book, “The Bite on the End of the Line” has been out for about two months and so far I haven’t managed to get a single review. As reviews are what most readers use to decide whether a book is worth reading, this is slightly disappointing.

Which is why I was very happy to discover StoryCartel.com. Story Cartel is a website where you give away your book for a limited time. People can download the book and read it. If they then review the book, they get entered into a prize draw for three Amazon vouchers.

I hoping that this website will garner me a few reviews and things can start moving a little faster.

The link to the book is: http://storycartel.com/books/174/the-bite-on-the-end-of-the-line/


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For a limited time, I'm giving away the first two books in the Bytarend Fantasy series and the Hard Vacuum science fiction series for free.

Bytarend is fast, fun fantasy that'll have you on the edge of your seat. Hard Vacuum is hard-talking, violent science fiction and my tribute to 80s action movies.

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12 thoughts on “Why I decided to make my book free for a limited time

  1. It’s really an uphill struggle to get those first reviews. Have you tried your Facebook friends? Shameless targeting works! When they are fed up with you, reviews will start to trickle through from your general sales. Just downloaded, and I’ll re-blog too.

    • Thanks for the reblog, Justine. Yeah, I seem to only have friends that don’t read 🙂

      Among people at my office, there are more people writing books than reading on a regular basis. I think it’s a Norwegian thing, as back in Ireland everyone was constantly reading 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Justine Allen Writing and commented:
    Do any of you fancy a free comedy fantasy? “The bite on the end of the line” by Simon Cantan is pitched as in the style of Terry Pratchett. If that’s your cup of tea, do grab a copy but don’t forget to review – that’s what we Indie Authors need to the most to get the ball rolling!

  3. Good luck, sir. I know how you feel. I’ve learned anything about self-publishing it is that all of this takes time. Patience is most definitely a needed virtue.

    • Thanks. I know I should be a bit more patient, but I do want at least one review to roll in 🙂 The sequel is being edited at the moment, so it would be nice to see that the rest of the series won’t be wasted effort 🙂

  4. I hope you get some reviews soon. I just got the book from Story Cartel and will try to finish reading it asap and write a review.

  5. I’m not going to be able to do this straight away, but I’ll be sure to download at some point next month in order to review this. Have a reblog in the meantime 🙂

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