Need a little help: going free

for_saleFriends –

I realize I owe you all some Adventures in Advertising posts–I apologize: Marty Singer #3 has been giving me fits since before Christmas and I just found out my editor has dropped me for greener pastures. Crises continue!  I promise I’ll get some juicy info to you soon.

In the meantime, however, I could really use some online help from you all that should take about 2 minutes, if you’re willing: I’m trying to make my novel A Reason to Live free on Amazon to coincide with some advertising I’m running next week.

The book is already free on iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo books. I need to convince Amazon that they should price match their competitors and the best way to do so is to “report a lower price” on my novel’s Amazon page. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Go to A Reason to Live‘s Amazon page:
  2. About 1/3 of the way down the page is a section called Product Details. The last line in that section says “Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?” Click on “lower price.”
  3. In the small pop-up window that appears, choose “Website (Online)” and enter the following:URL:
    Price ($): 0
    Shipping cost ($): 0
  4. Click “Submit feedback” That’s it!

If you’re feeling really generous, do it all over again, but report iTunes’s URL for my book in the URL field: (and Price and Shipping cost $0, of course).

Thanks in advance! You have my gratitude and, of course, a free digital copy of my book if Amazon changes the price!
matt i.
p.s. Please pass this on to anyone you want…the more people reporting, the more likely it will happen.


  1. That’s crazy… Meanwhile, both of my books were upped to 4.99 more than two months ago on both Smashwords and Amazon’s dashboard/KDP page.

    Amazon immediately went back to 2.99 since Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and others hadn’t upped their price from 2.99 to 4.99.

    Eventually, they all did but Amazon is still at 2.99. I can’t find either of my books anywhere for 2.99, but Amazon still has it reduced with teh 4.99 price with a line through it. It’s been like two months and I still can’t figure out what’s going on… And honestly, I’m so frustrated that I’ve nearly yanked the books down from Smashwords and all its distribution sites.

    Oh, and enough about me. I did get that price reported for you! (And to be clear, I still love, love, love Amazon. They’re the best.)

    • Thanks, Stan. I know, this is a ridiculous way to run a business…price matching is like the young groom in Swamp Castle in Monty Python’s Holy Grail shooting that arrow through the window and hoping it hits someone.

  2. HoneyTiger

    I just went in (twice) and posted – and it’s now free!!! BTW, hope you’re enjoying the Spring-like weather we’re having here in NOVA. Almost nice enough to read books outside. 😉 Thank you Matt – for the freebies, and for wonderful reads. Long may you write!!

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