A Kindle book giveaway success story

I am pleased to report that my Kindle book giveaway, orchestrated by Mike O’Mary, my Dream of Thingspublisher, was a huge success. Scheduled to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, September 10, we offered my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, as a free download on September 8, 9, and 10.

Downloads were slow at first. Sunday night the total was just 7,200. While I was willing to think that was a good number what did I know? Mike thought we should end up with at least 10,000. But we were both wrong. Downloads picked up considerably on the last day, and by the end of the giveaway we had a total of 14,500. Wow! The thought of that many people wanting to read my book is mind-blowing. And the success still goes on. In the three days since the giveaway ended, 200 Kindle editions have sold. As of this writing right now, the statistics are:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716 Paid in Kindle Store
(See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
·#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice &
> Parenting & Families > Family
> Parent & Adult Child
·#1 in Books > Parenting & Relationships > Family
> Parent & Adult Child
·#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle
> Nonfiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific
> Women

In the next few days I’ll post about the strategy behind this enormous success. Stay tuned.


  1. Madeline, this is fabulous news! To know that many people downloaded your book is a comforting thought. Whatever form your book is published in, it is a must read by as many people as possible, if perception about Suicide and the Bipolar condition is going to change in the future.

    Your biggest fan and supporter for what you write about and stand for….. Knowing you has given me strength and encouragement that has nourished my soul.

    ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

  2. I am pleased it was a success for you. 🙂

  3. Dear Keith, As always, I so much appreciate your love and support. Thanks for always being here for me. And thanks for posting your beautiful cell-phone photos on my timeline. They brighten up my page.
    I love you, Madeline

  4. Dear Linda,
    Thanks so much. I am happy you keep checking in here. You are always welcome. xoxo Madeline

  5. Amazing Madeline. What great news. I haven’t tried it at all. Now you’re making me think about it.

  6. What wonderful news,Madeline! Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. Thrilling 🙂

  7. Thanks so much, Sonia and Kathleen. I appreciate your being here. xoxo

  8. Thanks so much, Sonia and Kathleen. I appreciate your being here. xoxo

  9. Madeline:

    I just finished reading your book and wanted to thank you for offering it as a free download. I have struggled as the mother of a son who has suffered from drug addiction for the past five years. I also believe my son suffers from mental illness, although he has not sought help for his depression. I could relate to much in your book. My greatest fear is the death of my son. I wanted you to know who much I appreciated your honesty and openness in sharing the unthinkable.

  10. Dear Lisa, I’m so sorry for what you are going through with your son. I just hope he’ll get help for his depression and is able to live a good long normal life.
    And I thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts about my book here.
    Would you please do me a favor and post your very same words on Amazon? Perhaps you’ll encourage others like with similar issues to read the book as well.
    I wish you all the best. Madeline

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