For the whole time I was writing Before Dark, I intended that it would be a free promotional tool. Even when it balooned from a 5,000 short story to a whopping 50,000 word novel that was still the plan. But that was before I discovered that it was essentially impossible for me to offer the book free through Amazon at this stage, and I had to rethink.
I’ve had Before Dark listed free on Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and several others since late January, and had quite a lot of interest. But there’s no denying that if you want to be seen, you must be making your work available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. So I’ve had to bite the bullet on this one and charge the minimum price of $0.99 per copy. Currently the price change is being shipped to the stores it’s already listed on, and when those are updated (hopefully within 2-3 weeks) I’ll upload direct to Amazon at the same minimum list price. It’ll still be listed free on other stores such as Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc until the listings are updated, so if you don’t want to take a chance on a $0.99 item, nab it while it’s still free! Alternatively you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time until it goes live on Amazon (I’ll announce it when that happens) and I’ll send you a free copy or a coupon for Smashwords, whichever you prefer.