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A Question on Price-Matching and Select

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Hi, yous guys. So I've got this new release and I can still cancel my Select enrollment if I do it before 6 am tomorrow. I'm trying to decide what I want to do.

How much success are people having with price-matching to permafree at Amazon right now? Because if it's not that hard to do right now (it's been a long time since I've done it), I might get out of Select and just do that instead. This one is another novella-length (50K) preview of an upcoming novel, so I'm mainly looking to attract new readers with it and to give the old readers something to chew on before the next big novel.

My initial plan was to do 5 free days through Select, then after 3 months try to go permafree at some point. But now I'm starting to think permafree might be the way to go, asap.

A related question: Has anyone had luck getting sites like ENT and POI to feature a relatively new permafree book? Because if they don't like to do that, then maybe I should stick with Select for 3 months and hope to get those sites to feature me up that way. I wonder how many downloads I'd get just going permafree vs. getting a boost from ENT or POI (assuming those sites don't like to feature permafree books, but would feature a limited time freebie).

Thanks very much for your thoughts, everyone!
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I had my book go perma-free back in October just after its sequel came out. It only took about 2 weeks once B&N filtered through from Smash. I upload direct to Apple and Kobo so they were instant. As soon as it was free everywhere, I submitted to POI and ENT's free promos. It took maybe another 3 weeks and then they both featured it within days of each other which propelled it to #7 on the free list. By the time I submitted to POI and ENT, it already had several good reviews as it had been out about 3 months - I think that really helped them decide whether or not to feature it.

It's a tough decision, and I think the big question is whether being 3 months exclusive to Amazon will hurt you or not. It's not a long time in the book's lifetime, but I understand how exclusivity can really annoy some readers.

MosesSiregarIII said:
The other complication, Robert, is that I could wait until the next full novel is out before trying to go permafree. That would make sense particularly if the permafree results are dramatically stronger around the time a title initially goes free.
Personally, I would wait for book 2 to come out before you do your free thing, whether via Select or perma. Readers really want that sequel NOW once they've read book 1. Don't give them time to forget.
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