Increase book sales by giving away first in series

If you’ve written a series of novels about a single character, one way to improve sales is to give the first volume away for free.

This may seem counterintuitive, but for self-published writers, it’s a great way to get your book in front of more eyeballs. Simply put, readers are more likely to try your series if the first title in it is free; after all, there’s no monetary investment in it for them. If done as a promotion via CreateSpace or Kindle DP, this can raise your ranking on’s bestsellers list of free books, thus greatly increasing the number of free downloads.

Should readers enjoy your book, they likely will purchase the next book and subsequent titles in your series. Be sure to include information about the books in your series – especially the next one that appears – in your free book and on your sales page for the free book. In the ebook, be sure to include links to those sales pages.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.