Back in December, Amazon picked Making Waves for a special discount promotion. My sales spiked, and I did a little happy dance that may or may not have involved nipple tassels and a jar of maraschino cherries.
My publisher ran a similar promotion after that. It's a common sales strategy that makes a lot of sense in the months leading up to a new release – offer discounts on the author's last book to catch the eye of readers who might not have gambled on it at full price. If they enjoy that book, there's a good chance they'll go looking for something else the author wrote and ohlookiehere it's a new book coming out!
I had to laugh a couple months ago when someone made a snarky comment that my book must suck if it's on sale. Since I find it's not worth bruising my knuckles punching uninformed people in the ding-ding, I politely refrained from responding.
Suffice it to say, the sales are a good thing, and I'm thrilled Sourcebooks has launched a new one now that we're a week away from the release date for Believe it or Not. Right now, the Kindle version of Making Waves is priced at only $1.79. The Barnes & Noble Nook version isn't too shabby either at only $1.99.
If you have an eReader and haven't read Making Waves yet, now might be a good time to snap it up. If you've read it and enjoyed it, how about gifting it to a friend? Think of it like buying your pal a glass of wine, only at a quarter of the cost and with zero risk of hangover.
Tell you what...take advantage of this sale in one form or another, either by buying it for yourself, buying it as a gift, mentioning the sale on Twitter or Facebook, or accosting random strangers you see holding an eBook and offering to flash the body part of their choosing if they purchase the book. (I'll leave it up to you whether to flash the part or run away giggling).
Tell me in the comments what you did, and I'll enter your name in a drawing for a free signed copy of Believe it or Not. Contest closes at 5 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 1, and I'll announce the winner after that. Sound good?
Now go forth and spread the word that I'm cheap and easy. Write it on the bathroom wall if you must.