The Civil Dead (Dark Season IV) is still completely free at Amazon, but only for a few more hours. It will probably go free again around New Year, but why wait that long? And if you like it (or even if you don’t), a review is always welcome.
Speaking of which, I finally got my first bad review on Amazon: someone offered just one star for At War With the Hamptons. You can read the review here, and the person leaves no doubt as to why he/she didn’t like the book. To be fair to the reviewer, I can see his/her point: if you went into the book expecting any of the characters to be redeemed in any way whatsoever, you’d be disappointed. Perhaps I should have made it easier for the reader to develop empathy for at least one of the characters, but that’s not really the book I wanted to write. So there you go! I’ll avoid succumbing to the urge to leap out of the window for now!
And here’s a quick update on the KDP Select program, which allows authors to have their books borrowed by Amazon Prime users and also allows you to list your book for free during five days in each 90-day period. So far, I’ve found that it gives a small but definite boost to actual sales, and it also gives you a bit of a boost in the overall rankings. Nothing stellar, but definitely something worth thinking about. Still, I think I’m going to keep some of my books on Smashwords, while putting others in KDP Select (you have to give Amazon exclusive digital rights to use the latter).
It’ll be interesting to see what happens over Christmas and New Year. There will undoubtedly be a hell of a lot of people unwrapping brand new Kindles and Nooks. What will they choose to buy? I’m not expecting a big rise in sales, but those new e-readers have to be filled up with something.
Okay, that’s enough from me for today! I have to get back to some writing work, since I’m currently working on two books: The Life, Death, Life, Life and Death of Martin Keller (Dark Season V) and a longer project titled American Murder. I also need to finish the sequel to The Dead and the Dying at some point. I’ll be back with another post later in the week, when I’ll have news of something new that I’m trying.