Amazon book sites offers the “look inside” feature which encourages a reader to try out the first part of a book, just as if you were in a library browsing for one to check out. A variation of this is Mike Wells novel – “Lust, Money and Murder http://www.amazon.com/Lust-Money-Murder-Book-ebook/dp/B005638LWK. He offers this book completely free from his website in a variety of different Ebook reader formats for a free download.: http://mikewellsblog.blogspot.com/p/books.html He also has a number of 5 star reviews quoted on his website. You take a look after being attracted from one of his tweets…..and you are hooked. After all, this is free and has a bunch of 5 star reviews.
Mike Wells book is an engrossing free book well worth the 5 stars. The first book has about 105 pages….maybe only a novella’s worth…… but it is enough to tell a story that makes you want more. There is an aspiring model who ends up in the Secret Service. Counterfeiting of money is involved. The story shifts to Bulgaria. There are surprised, twists, turns and it is action packed. It pulls you into the story and then leaves you at a point wanting to know more.
You then have to buy books #2 and #3 to get to the end of this tale. If you have a 300 hundred page novel, and can divide it up, this might be a good hook to consider. The “ Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” series was over 1000 pages when first submitted. The publisher insisted on dividing it into three books.
Another twist on this idea of a “hook” with more than one chapter offered for reading is Richard Stephenson’s “Collapse”. I don’t know how many copies he gave away, but he was in the top 100 of Amazon’s free ebooks and now his book has been selling in the top 10,000 since he has quit giving it away. As there are about 1,600,000 Amazon Ebooks on the market, being in the top 10,000 is a good sales rate. His web site: http://rastephensonauthor.blogspot.com/p/collapse.html
has a link to read the first SEVEN chapters free. I loved that book….after 7 chapters you would definitely want to read the end of the book and would be willing to pay for it. Certainly cheaper than going to a movie these days. And as we all know – books are always better than the movies.
So, this is one more technique to create increased interest – give away more than just one chapter of the book. Perhaps divide your book up into 2 or 3 books. But what every way you choose to publicize – just keep working at it and increasing the ways you do it. Good luck! And check out what Mike Wells and Richard Stephenson have done!