Hey Sam, How Did The Green Ember Free Kindle Deal Go?


Or, As We Say in West Virginia, Pretty Dadgum Good

Well, thanks to you all spreading the word, we were able to give The Green Ember ebook to 15,450 people. That’s great!

We didn’t know what to expect, or really how to tell what success meant, but I think this can only be described as incredibly successful. It’s exciting to think of thousands of families meeting Heather and Picket and sharing their adventure. I’m a little worn out (already!) by208273_10150255854468222_3403401_n some aspects of this author gig, but what continues to thrill me is telling stories to real children. I love hearing from these kids, getting their letters, and seeing their wonderful drawings. It’s a wonderful part of this journey for me. So 15,000 new readers to me means a bunch of kids. I love that.

Team Effort

I’m so grateful that so many of you have joined us on this adventure, and have been by our sides lending a hand at every turn. You can’t imagine how incredibly encouraging it is to have such fine friends. It’s hard to thank everyone individually, but I see your posts, your recommendations, your zeal to help us with this little project. I see and I’m encouraged and grateful. It’s a great advantage to have such saddlepals along for the adventure. We are so thankful. Serious business. Thank you!

The illusion that I can do this thing on my own has certainly vanished. My family, my publisher Andrew Mackay, our amazing team at Story Warren, and all our many friends, old and new have done so much. This is an incredible team. God has been very good to me in all this.

What’s the knock-on effect of this giveaway?

We hope that connecting to so many new readers means many will stick around for future stories. We hope and believe that many will buy print (or audio) copies and stay connected with our newsletter. We’re seeing that happen to some degree already, but we’ll have to wait and see how effective the Give Thousands of Books Away for Free strategy proves to be over time. I think it was a good decision.

Getting High

The book got really high, to #15 at one point, in the entire (free) kindle store and #1 in several categories, including all children’s books. It still (for the moment at least) ranks highly on the paid side of Amazon kindle sales, and is currently #1 in Christians Fantasy. Now that’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it means something. It means people keep buying the book–not in great numbers, certainly, but they do keep buying it. I’m glad for that! 🙂

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Okay, I just wanted to give those who helped out so much an update.

Thanks for being on our side. There are more adventures ahead!


  1. I downloaded it for free because I love free ebooks, but so many of them just sit untouched on my kindle. I started reading The Green Ember because of it’s essentially perfect reviews. I’m so glad I did! I just finished it like 5 min ago and it was an exceptional book. I loved it. I will definitely be recommending it to friends and family and I can’t wait to read it to my son when he’s a bit older.

  2. I finished reading The Green Ember today and I totally loved the book! The story is so captivating and the characters came to life throughout the story.

    I will be reading it to my children over the coming weeks as part of our lessons. I also plan to write a review of the book on my blog. 🙂 Thank you for offering it for free on Amazon, I wouldn’t have found it otherwise.

    I am greatly anticipating the continuing story!

    Well done!

  3. Just finished listening to Sarah’s Read Aloud Revival interview with you, and we just finished our first reading of The Green Ember tonight! My nearly 8 year old son’s praise was so great that I thought I’d better come and share it with you. He said, “I have a new favorite book now! That was even better than Redwall!” 🙂 High praise indeed! I enjoyed it too. We’re eagerly looking forward to more!! Thank you and God bless you!!

    1. Thank you, Anne! (I love your name, by the way.) I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m very encouraged to hear this, especially from your son. Means so much. And I haven’t read Redwall, but I’ll take that as high praise. 🙂

  4. I was one of those 15,450 people who downloaded the book when it was free on Amazon. Just finished reading it and promptly purchased a hard copy to read aloud to my four kids.

    I absolutely LOVED this story! Excited to share i with others. Thanks for being willing to share it on Amazon. You have a new fan.

    (The Green Ember does have a rather Redwall feel to it. However, I’m going to like it to another piece of middle grade fiction that I love – The Mysterious Benedict Society. And I love that series a lot.)

  5. Carrie,

    That is so great to hear! We assumed some people would do that, so it’s nice to hear it.

    My kids love both of those series, but I haven’t read either yet. But I’ll take that as a compliment.


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