Sorry I haven't followed up sooner, but last week was crazy--work wise, book wise, and quilt wise.
About the free promotion. In the US, in four days, I gave away 4006 books. During that time, I made it to and stayed consistently in the top three for free literary women's fiction/sagas. I also hovered in the top 100 free the last two days.
What I didn't know--until I stumbled across it last night--is that Amazon.com sales reports don't account for foreign sales/freebies.
Downloads in foreign countries:
85 on amazon.co.uk
6 on amazon.de
3 on amazon.fr
2 on amazon.es
2 on amazon.it
1 on amazon.co.jp
12 on amazon.in
23 on amazon.ca
2 on amazon.com.br
0 on amazon.com.mx
A grand total of 4142 books downloaded in four days.
Well, at the end of day two, I read a blog post that stated that free promotions are a waste of time. Needless to say, this post had me a little down for awhile. It said that people who pull down free books usually don't read them. So I did some arithmetic [on my calculator because I can't add/subtract/multiply/divide] and found that even if only 5% of the people who pulled the book down for free read it, that's 207 people who I hope will enjoy it and talk about it to their friends. [I omitted the 0.1 person of 207.1, because s/he is probably distraught and not very well rounded.]
So, contrary to what the blog said, I think this was a great opportunity to get my name out there. And people are reading it. I've already gotten several really good reviews from people I don't know, comments like "Great book. Best book I've read in a long time. Great writing skills by author. Can't wait to read her other books."
You can not imagine how good that made me feel. And the other reviews, though longer, are just as nice. Don't believe me? Go check it out yourself.
So, with that said, I feel really good about the promotion and the fact that I've sold 24 books this month (paid for books). It's a start. An execellent start.