I won this book from Bookishfirst, Netgalley's sister site for readers. I'm thrilled to receive a real book as a win (!) but I honestly wasn't expecting to win anything and, crap, now I have three weeks to get it read!! Patrick is unconcerned.
For those who don't know, Bookishfirst features excerpts of a handful of upcoming releases. They ask that you read any that tickles your fancy and write a review of the excerpt and then you'll get tossed into a lottery to win the actual book. If you win, you have three weeks to write the review (yikes!). You will get points for any excerpt you read and any reviews you submit and when you gather enough points you can choose a free book. I thought this was very strange new thing (who the heck reviews excerpts?) but I'm curious and nosy and signed on to see what it was all about. At first I thought this was a weird way to go about gathering reviews and honestly would be a waste of time for myself who should be reading full books since my house is full of them but like I said I'm nosy so I tried it out. It was actually pretty simple. The excerpts were only a few chapters and the excerpt reviews are first impressions and simple to toss off. I've won twice now probably because this thing is so new. Perhaps I should've kept this secret to myself?! I love actual "books" so this new thing is pretty cool. If you like ebooks, however, I've only seen one on offer. I'm guessing this service provides additional exposure and lots of buzz for the books in the program? I don't know, it's kind of fun though and I'll likely try another when I get through this one.
Here's the latest round of books up for "excerpt review". All are paperbacks except the last.
This time of year is when theatre groups, big and small, amateur and professional, experimental or conventional unveil their new season.
I love live theatre. I was even a member of the Vancouver Playwrights Theatre Centre and under their mentorship wrote two plays.
One of the biggest thrills I ever experienced was to have professional actors perform a reading of my one-act play, Harry’s Truth. It was truly mind-blowing to witness other people interpreting my work in ways I never imagined while still staying true to the script.
To celebrate live theatre I’m offering the scripts of Harry’s Truth and End of the Rope free until December 31, 2017 to any individual, drama class, amateur or professional theatre group to read, workshop or produce. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Harry’s Truth.
“You show the interactions between the five of them and let us have a glance at everybody’s past. A lot gets revealed in every scene. I like the detailed stage instructions and the symbolism in the last scene. One can read Harry’s Truth as if it were a short story. I’d really like to see this play on a stage someday…”
Often theatre groups are inhibited by the price of mounting a production. I will sign off on all production rights during that period and also authorize you to reproduce the copies of the script.
As the reviewer I quoted pointed out, these plays also make entertaining reading even if you’re not a theatre buff.
If you send me an email I’ll forward the website address and the coupon codes so you can download your free e-book scripts of Harry’s Truth and End of the Rope.
If anyone would like to take advantage of this offer I’d love to be involved as a script consultant or in any other aspect (no, I won’t pay to produce the production). Who knows maybe I’ll even come and see it.
Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SD6LEU
I haven't posted on Booklikes before but I figured that the first time should be big and awesome. So, without further ado, let me tell you all about the amazing Halloween Book Giveaway going on right now.
Free books everyday! That's a whole lot of awesome treats without any tricks.
✩✭✩ HALLOWEEN MONTH OF TREATS ✩✭✩
Two New Giveaways Every Day in October – 62 Total!
Who doesn’t love to curl up with a page-turning book on a chilly October day? And what would make escaping into an awesome story even more indulgent? Chocolate, that’s what!
Enter for your chance to win both in the Halloween Month of Treats Giveaway. Every day in October, we’ll be posting two new giveaways, or sometimes a giveaway and FREE book for you to download immediately and enjoy.
A paranormal romance and gift set of Godiva chocolate cookies. A romantic comedy and a box of 60 Lindor truffles. Steamy romance, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, mysteries…We’ve got the goodies to hand out. It’s trick or treat time!
No purchase necessary. Visit every day through Halloween!
Feel free to share with everyone. Happy Halloween.
The 9th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale is drawing to an end with thousands of E-books, including mine, offered free or at deep discounts through the month of July, 2017.
You might want to take advantage of this offer and download some of my books free since I am resolved not to give anymore of my work away with the exception to my ADVANCE READING TEAM.
Why is that, you might ask? And why now?
There is a school of thought among book marketeers (no, it's not a typo since I consider them in the same category as racketeers) that giving away your work will create readers who will write reviews that will generate book sales.
It's a lie.
Take for example this Smashwords promotion. A total of thirty-seven copies of the five books I offered free were downloaded. My other five titles were offered for fifty-percent off. Zero were downloaded. The vast majority of the two hundred and five books that have been downloaded from Smashwords over the past five years have been free. They've generated zero reviews.
There are two things about offering your work free to readers:
- there's no downside. The reader has invested nothing, so if he doesn't read it he's lost nothing.
- free is equated to no value. The reader thinks the work is garbage (and he might be right) and that's why it's free.
I think my work has value, but I'd still might consider offering it free during the launch if I thought it would generate future sales. It doesn't so there's no point in continuing to demean it.
The exception might be the first book in the Mattie Saunders Series I'm writing featuring an independent young woman with a social conscience and a bad attitude, who loves animals, but not so much people. There's some good evidence that offering the first book in a series free encourages readers to buy the rest of the series. I'll let you know once I have a few more books in the series written and published.
Members of my Advance Reading Team will continue to get free and discounted books as well as an opportunity to read new work before it's released to the public. You can become a member by clicking this link
No spam, no tips to live by, no click bait,
Here's a list and the link to my books, in e-book format, available free or deeply
discounted for two more days during Smashwords sale.
Loving the Terrorist - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/579221
The Rocker and Bird Girl - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/727720
The LOCAL RAG - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/671782
End of the Rope - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655643
Harry's Truth - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/649522
Saving Spirit Bear - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575296
Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/700967
FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend- 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/515038
Abandoned Dreams - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573742
The BIG PICTURE- A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/515877
Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.