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I will publish Sky High for free on Wattpad!

Yes, you read that right. I will publish my book, Sky High, which I published one year ago, for free on Wattpad.

Of course I’ll not just dump it all in one go. I’ll be posting new chapters every Friday, and with a chapter length anywhere between 1000 and 2000 words, I expect to take a few months short of a year to finish. But let me explain what made me take this step…

After the release “hype” wore off, and all indie reviews of my book were posted, the already small sales numbers completely cut off. I think I’ve sold one copy since last April. Two at most. I’m not even getting Kindle Unlimited page reads. Which means that right now, nobody is reading my book. That’s a real shame, because I think my story is great! (If you haven’t read my book yet, you’re missing out!)

When I first published Sky High, I posted the equivalent of the free Kindle eBook sample to Wattpad – which was a bit less than the first six chapters – so people could get a taste of my writing and the book, even if they didn’t own a Kindle. Nobody on Wattpad took notice until a couple of months ago. Out of nowhere I slowly began getting reads, votes and comments. At first I was amused by this development – and of course delighted – but unfortunately it didn’t change a thing about my sales numbers. But when I reached 500 reads and almost 50 votes I began to wonder whether I should take advantage of this trend and ride the wave.

I’ve spent some thought on this over the past couple of days and I’ve come to the following conclusion: Realistically speaking, I’m not going to be able to live off of my writing anytime soon. Publishing my book for free won’t hurt my sales because they’re non-existent anyway. I much rather have someone read and enjoy my book, and maybe remember my name in the future when I sell my next book. So I’m calling it an experiment and we’ll see how it goes. I’ll be sure to let you know. Maybe I can win some reader this way. 🙂

So, as I said: I’ll be posting new chapters of Sky High every Friday on Wattpad. You can find the book here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/59142778-sky-high (Of course I’ll keep reminding my readers that they don’t have to wait for the next chapter. They can read the whole book anytime by purchasing it from Amazon. 🙂 )

I’d love to hear from you – either here or on Wattpad.

Cheers,

Helge

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