Clever way to get my attention to download your free Kindle book

I think I hate spam more than anyone on this planet and I'm quite a pro at recognizing them and deleting them all in the same breath.  But today, I thought this was a really smart move on this author.  Here's the email:

Hi, my name is AJ Harmon and I am a new romance novel author
and I found you from your reviews you have left on Amazon.
I see that you love a good romance novel and I am emailing you to let
you know that my first book, First Class to New York, is available for FREE
on Kindle through March 5th. I would love it if you would download it and read it.
And, if you like it, please leave me a review and let your friends know about me!
I started writing on a bet. Yep, on a bet! My girlfriends and I had read a top selling
romance series and many of us were very disappointed in the lack of character
development and the unrealistic story line. So, I said I could write a better book.
Now, here I am 5 months later just releasing my fourth book and loving my new career.
So download a complimentary copy of my first book and check out my series.
I really hope you enjoy them as much as I love writing them. I look forward to your feedback.

Okay, so I clicked the link to be curious and I landed on the Amazon page with the free download and what the heck you know?  Did I mention it was free?

I hope AJ doesn't mind me sharing his marketing prowness with my readers and I hope he gets a few more downloads (hey guys it's free!), but I wanted to use this as an example.  One - he took the time to figure out I was an Amazon reviewer who loves romances. Two - he connected with me mentioning I like romances.  Three - I love to help authors.  Oh, four - it was free. 



  1. This is an awesome idea, with a personalized touch! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Another great way to promo books (by offering them free) is Read An Ebook Week, which starts tomorrow (!


  2. I am forever deleting spam off my comments--but today I received on I just could not delete-besides his "site" would not come up when clicked!! Here it is
    So nice to find someone with a few genuine thoughts on this issue.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site
    is something that is required on the internet,
    someone with some originality!

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    March 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I think the one above it was from a spammer also but he could not bring himself to spam or he is from another country altogether

    Petro Neagu said... 5

    It's so sad what our world became. we, the small people, are at the mercy of politicians and economists and their interests.

    Hopefully yours are a bit wiser than ours.
    March 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    These were both in response to a post I wrote-"When are these people going to grow up"

    Guess once in a while we actually get their attention!!

  3. it is a very great idea.also very creative post.

  4. Anonymous10:06 AM

    How did he get your email address, I'm wondering?


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