Monday, December 19, 2011

I am cheap and easy

I'm late getting home from a weekend road trip, and too brain dead to come up with a witty blog post.

What little energy I have left was spent doing a small happy-dance (complete with jeweled stilettos and nipple tassels) about the jump I noticed over the weekend for Kindle sales of Making Waves.

It's not like the general public was suddenly overwhelmed by the magnitude of my brilliance, or even spurred by the urge to read a good shower sex scene.

The spike came from the fact that Amazon picked Making Waves for a special "Big Deals" promotion. From December 17 through December 23, the Kindle version of the book is only 99-cents.

That means a whole lot of people who wouldn't ordinarily take a gamble on a new author thought to themselves, "I can either buy that pack of D-batteries at the Dollar Store, or I can spring for a cheap e-book."

I seem to be winning over the D-batteries, which makes me downright cheerful since I know what those batteries can be used for.

It's not just the Kindle users who benefit, since pretty much anyone with an iPhone or an iPad can download a Kindle app and read that version of the book.

It also makes a cheap and easy gift. With two simple clicks last night, I sent a copy to my dad's new Kindle. Probably not the best Christmas gift, since he already owns a copy, but it's the thought that counts.

Anyway, if you've been on the fence about buying the book for yourself or an e-book savvy loved one, now's the time to snag it.

But if you find yourself in an orgasm-induced coma for the next few days and wake to discover it's December 24 and the sale is over, don't fret.

Before we got word about Making Waves being chosen for the Amazon promotion, Sourcebooks had already made plans to include the Kindle version in a different promotion. That means even after the 99-cent deal ends Friday, you'll still be able to snag the Kindle version for $1.99 through January 8.

Lest you think I'm offended at being so cheap and easy, let me assure you this is one of the best things to happen for a debut author. Promotions like this are a great way to spike your rankings and visibility, and means more people will end up reading my book. Just the sort of buzz I want with two new books coming out within the next three months, no?

So if you're looking to score a cheap gift for a loved one, here's the link. Heck, give it to all your friends and family. I'm sure Aunt Mildred will enjoy the Strip Battleship scene.

7 comments :

Iain said...

by the sounds of things, they'll have to go and buy the D batteries after they've read the shower scene!
I hope the sales keep going well :o)

Sarah W said...

And you implied you didn't have the energy for a good post. :)

This is a great offer, and if I hadn't already sent hard copies to various friends and relatives, I'd jump on it.

heatherishither said...

I can't afford D batteries either (baby swing powered by elbow grease). But I got your book.

SofieSaid said...

Just a small heads-up: iBooks is running the same deal! I just downloaded directly from Apple.

jill said...

I finally got around to asking my mom how much she liked Making Waves so I could see about getting "Getting Dumped" for her Kindle for Christmas. She hurried off to order it for herself!

Brandi Guthrie said...

But I don't have a Kindle. :( It would probably be a little counterproductive to make a $79 purchase just to buy a book for 99 cents. I'll have to go find the paperback.

John Ross Barnes said...

Just a reminder to your readers - You can get kindle for pc free from Amazon here: http://tinyurl.com/63pwvfv and there is, of course, equivalent for apple. I've got it on my pc. Works fine.

I've also got my signed copy of Making Waves (gloats) and it's a tremendously fun read.