AETI: Free Kindle Book Promotion (#2)

Oh hi. From February 20th through February 24th, 2017, you can pick up my debut book, An Epilogue to Innocence, for free on Kindle. For a more detailed explanation as to why I’m doing what I’m doing with this event, keep reading.

If you got An Epilogue to Innocence from this event, please consider writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon. Also, regardless of if you picked up the book during the event, please share this post with your friends and encourage them to get the book for themselves.

Around six months ago, I did a free Kindle book promotion for my book, An Epilogue to Innocence. Seeing as it had been almost a half of a year since the last one I did, I figured now was a great time to do another giveaway. I’d been wanting to do one for a while, however a recent piece of polling[1] that came out made me feel like now was as good of time as any.

A Pew Research study released in November 2016 found that about a quarter (26%) of Americans haven’t read a book in the last twelve months. That number goes up if you’re specifically looking at black Americans (29%), rural Americans (32%), Hispanic Americans (40%), and Americans with a high school diploma or lower (40%).

I’m not saying my book is the best book for people to read. There are amazing authors out there that write great, inclusive, thoughtful fiction that everyone should read. Hell, I need to do a better job of representing people of color, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups in my work going forward. While I made an effort with An Epilogue to Innocence, there’s definitely a long way I have to go.

That said, it’s hard to continue a career in writing if I cannot fund it. While the free book event will not provide me any profit, my hope is that it can help drive paying customers who want to buy my book to the places where they can buy it. I’ll keep writing — and keep working to both improve my writing and make my writing more inclusive — regardless of the outcome of this event. I’ll do the same regardless of my book sales prior to now or going forward. But any help that you, or others, could give me, would be greatly appreciated.

7 thoughts on “AETI: Free Kindle Book Promotion (#2)”

  1. I saw that statistic, and it’s sooooo hard to wrap my head around. I often feel like in my reading community (Goodreads groups, blogging, watching BookTube videos) that I am slow and not as “intense” of a reader…then these stats come out and it’s almost shocking.

    1. I’m honestly shocked the number isn’t higher than 26% of all adults. I had people read a book for a new hire class I was teaching and over half of the class told me it was the first book they’d read since college. The sample size was made up of people that should be on the lower end of those statistics. I don’t read often (3-4 books a year most years), but I’ve tried to change that recently.

    2. Cherie Jamison

      I read during downtime at work. It’s kind of the reason I got back into reading after college. It amazes me how many people come up to me and say that they haven’t read a book since high school or that they just “don’t read.” It boggles my mind.

      1. AbsentElemental

        I think I didn’t read a single book for a year and a half after grad school. The amount of reading in grad school burned me out.

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