In case you missed it (and I really hope you didn’t), last weekend I was giving away the kindle edition of Tale of the Wisconsin Werewolf free. I really talked it up big time—I wanted to make sure everyone got their chance at it.

So, how did Tale of the Wisconsin Werewolf’s first free weekend go?

It was amazing. We gave out 317 copies locally, and even more internationally!

Everyone pitched in, got excited, and really helped spread the word. I couldn’t have done it alone, and I can’t thank you fans enough. You all stepped up to the plate, and made this an incredible weekend.

But… Why Give It Away?

A couple people asked me this. Why give the book away? It sounds like a crazy idea. There are two major reasons why this was a great thing for everyone.

Edison & Wisconsin Werewolf

Reason 1; Free is Awesome

As I mentioned on my personal blog, I love reading high-quality free books. It rocks. And due to a special deal Amazon gives its Kindle authors, we can run short sales like this where the book is completely free.

Readers love this. I love it! I love getting great books without having to spend money. It encourages me to try new authors, too. If I had to pay for every book I read, you better believe I’d stick with the sure thing more often—and quickly run out of books by Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, etc. But if it’s free? Sure, I’ll try it. Why not, right? If I start reading and it sucks, I’ll stop and won’t be out anything more than a couple minutes.

I’ve discovered some great books this way, by authors I never would have taken the chance on otherwise.

So that’s a big reason why I did this promotion; because I believe in it strongly from the reader’s perspective. I know how great it is to discover a new favorite author without risking your money on it. Some people who got a free copy of Wisconsin Werewolf last weekend are going to absolutely love it. And they’ll keep me in mind. Maybe they’ll sign up for The Enoc Tales Newsletter, or follow me on Facebook, Google+, Youtube, or Twitter. Or maybe they’ll just tell one friend, who thinks that book sounds cool.

Either way, it’s totally worth it.

Reason 2; Building Momentum

I’ll admit it—I kind of fell off the face of the Earth for a few months there. It happens. But now, things are really kicking into gear around The Enoc Tales. As this post explains, the newsletter is up and running, the prequel—Tale of the Gévaudan Beast—will be out very soon, and even more great surprises for the series are coming.

But first, I had to remind people that I existed.

So spending two days giving away free copies of a great book? Yeah, I’d say that got peoples’ attention. Now that I have it, the party can really get started. The countdown begins for Gévaudan Beast, and the next books in The Enoc Tales. Things are in high gear, and the best way to stay in the loop is to sign up for the newsletter. Seriously, do it. You’ll be glad you did.

Will You Do a Sale Like This Again?

Absolutely! This was the first free weekend, but I’ll be doing this again (for this book AND future ones!) So keep up on the news to hear when the next sale is coming around.

Got Your Copy? Want to Help More?

First of all—awesome! Hope you love it.

If you have your copy of Wisconsin Werewolf (whether you got it free last weekend or have had it awhile now), one thing that would really help is taking a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon. It doesn’t even have to be good; just honest. Say what you really thought about the book, so other potential readers know better if they’ll like it or not. It helps me, sure, but it also helps people flipping through Amazon.

So Thanks Again, to each and Every Wisconsin Werewolf Fan—Last Weekend was Awesome, and it’s Only Going to Get Better!