After over a year of trying – yes, that’s right, over ONE YEAR – my short story collection, Lemon and Lace, is finally permanently free on amazon UK!
What have I learnt from this experience?
Put your book free on smashwords – PLUS as many other sites as you can (eg Barnes and Noble).
Be persistent and keep asking Amazon to pricematch (although at one point Amazon did ask me – very politely – to stop emailing them about it!). I even went to the London Book Fair and asked for help at the Amazon stall – they were so polite but said they actually didn’t know why I had not been able to pricematch my book, as it sounded as if I was doing all the right things already. They did give me a lovely tee shirt though, which says ‘Amazon Loves Authors’ on the front. I wear it for gardening.
Ask your online friends to help, as it seems that other people reporting they have seen your book advertised for free carries more weight than the author constantly bleating on about it.
Ask someone across the pond to report it – this sometimes grabs Amazon’s attention.
Change the price of your book on Amazon to a HIGHER price – apparently this makes it more likely to be picked up by the automatic system that deals with pricematching.
I may have to go through all this again soon, as I have been advised that sometimes pricematching is changed at the end of a month. So please, download my ebook before the end of May, just in case!