I know many swear by doing offering their books for free during various promotions. I know many do very well out of it. I've now become a realist. I have a series of paid promos when one of my books goes on offer next week and while I'm excited, I am no longer deluded into thinking that they are a launchpad to something bigger. The book isn't part of a series so will not get much traction this way, but I think it's a very good book that deserves an audience (that sounds terribly conceited). So why do it? Well, it's always nice to see that little line jumping up on KDP. Even better to see your work climb the rankings. It makes you think that you are rubbing shoulders with your contemporaries - and why shouldn't you? All I hope is that the fruity injection of happiness that infuses me when these things happen doesn't start up the self-delusion again - obviously, I never completely give up hope on this being a springboard. And I'm very much enjoying writing so that isn't effected by external views of success. Yet I fully realise that something free has an allure to people who will never read it and if they do, will probably discover it's not their thing. I don't expect some glorious bounce, but I'm rather buoyant about the whole thing.