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I woke up this morning to discover that Amazon had made one of my novels a freebie. I'm sure it was because they found out I had lowered the price of it to zero on Smashwords a couple of weeks ago. It's the first novel I self-published, a rock & roll tale called Cadillac's Comin'. I never really promoted it too much and don't even have it in my signature. Now here's what I'm not getting:

According to the sales figures, there have been over 1000 downloads this morning. I just now checked the ranking and it's #89 in the free store and #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Arts & Entertainment > Music. Of course, I can't get too excited because these aren't sales and there are no royalties involved, but is this something that would lead to sales of my other novels? Also, my other novels are crime/noir while this one is a story of a one-hit wonder at the dawn of rock & roll in the 1950s. Will that cause me problems?

If anyone has any knowledge or experience with this kind of thing, the freebies and all, I would definitely appreciate some of your wisdom.
 

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Well, I got no response to my question all day, but I did continue to climb in the free store rankings. The book is currently #65. I don't really see any benefit, though. My three other novels have sold a grand total of 1 today. So I guess this free book thing is nothing to get excited about.
 

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I just now noticed that the sub-ranking for Cadillac's Comin' is: #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Arts & Entertainment > Music. The book, however, is a novel--fiction, not nonfiction. I don't know where Amazon got the idea it was nonfiction. I've written them alerting them to this mistake, since I don't want to mislead anyone into thinking they're downloading a nonfiction book.

Could this cause problems somehow? Has anyone else had a similar experience? Any advice?
 
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