Over the last few months I’ve begun making some of my work available through the Kindle Store at Amazon. Right now I think I have four novels (The Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky, Riverwatch) , a novella (More Than Life Itself) , and a short story collection (Shades of Reality) available for sale, all for under $2.00.
For the first couple of months, I sold an average of five copies. And let’s be clear – that’s not five copies of each, that’s five copies total.
Obviously, something needed to be done.
So I decided to start letting folks know the books were out there by posting about them on the various blogs I write for, making an occasional Tweet on the subject, and participating in various message board discussions. My sales started to climb and in the last few months I’ve sold an average of 100 copies per month.
I’m still nowhere near the range I’d like to be in and am certainly not bringing in the kind of sales that folks like Joe Konrath (180 books a day!) or Karen McQuestion (30,000 books this year) are, but its a start, right?
In my continued quest to increase sales of those ebooks, I’ve decided to try a new tactic. Taking my cue from people like Joe Konrath, Cory Doctorow, Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins, I’ve decided that I’m going to offer the complete text of my debut novel, Riverwatch, for free from my website. Each day, starting today and continuing for the next 42 days after that, I’ll be posting a new chapter from the book for your reading enjoyment.
Riverwatch was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award when it was published back in 2003 by Pocket Books. Here’s the jacket copy:
IT HAS WAITED….IT HAS HUNGERED….
When Jake Caruso and his construction team find a hidden tunnel in the cellar of the old Blake mansion in the sleepy hamlet of Harrington Falls, Jake can’t wait to explore its depths. There, he finds an even greater mystery: a stone chamber that’s been covered up for hundreds of years — sealed shut by some long-forgotten warden.
IT HAS BEEN UNLEASHED.
When the ancient seal is broken, a reign of terror and death consumes the town’s residents. Something is stalking them — something that strikes in the darkness without warning or mercy, leaving a trail of innocent blood in its wake — and Jake comes to realize the nightmarish truth of what he has set free. It is an evil born of ages past. A creature of eternal bloodlust. And it has risen to continue its endless slaughter….
My hope is that people will discover my work and enjoy it enough to go check out some of the other material I have available, particularly the ebook versions in the Kindle store. I’ll be adding links to the bottom of each chapter to encourage people to do so. I have no idea how well this will work, if it will work at all, but I feel it is worth a try. I’ll come back and do a follow up post in thirty days to allow us to examine the pros and cons of the process.
So what are your predictions? Will it work? Why or why not? Perhaps more importantly, what would you suggest to improve the chance of success?