I’ve never understood the argument that some authors make that if you can afford a coffee every day, you can afford to spend a few bucks on their crummy ebook. It makes no sense. Coffee and books are completely different markets.
Of course, I want people to buy my books. It’s a great personal reward (beyond the royalty payments) that someone you may or may not know has decided that they want to spend their three dollars or five dollars or whatever to buy your words, or even ten or twenty dollars to get your words beautifully bound in a fresh new paperback. It’s incredible, and every sale is its own reward.
Having said that, there are many other rewards to writing your own book. Finishing it. Submitting it. Getting an acceptance letter, or even a rejection can be its own reward. Editing. Getting a cover with your name on it and thinking it looks fucking cool. Working on the manuscript with the publisher. When you approve the final manuscript for print. When it goes live on Amazon. When the sales rank goes higher, each jump signifying another sale. When people actually read the book. When they review it.
Some people can’t afford your books, and sometimes they really want to. Some people don’t know your book exists or they’re unsure if it’s worth the cost.
That’s why I’ve got a few things going on at the moment to reach out to those readers and get some books into their hands/onto their kindles.
1: I’ve teamed up with Karl Fischer of the 2016 New Bizarro Author Series/Ultimate Bizarro Showdown Blackbird Poetry fame. This is not Black Mirror Karl (a creation of Erik Wilson’s mad colourful mind). This is the guy who wrote Towers, that beautiful crazy kaiju story of love and war.
We’re running a bad kaiju art contest in which anyone with a pen and paper, regardless of talent (in fact, less talent is preferred) can get a copy of Karl’s NBAS book Towers, and my new kaiju outback thriller, Kaiju Canyon. The competition is open until the end of August, at which point one winner will be selected to receive a sweet kaiju pack from us (mostly Karl’s doing).
Speaking of my new kaiju outback thriller, Kaiju Canyon, I have a new book out. A kaiju outback thriller, which I’m mega-excited about. That thing I mentioned about all the personal rewards involved in publishing a book? It can be very easy to feel underwhelmed at times when it doesn’t perform as well as you’d hope. Just remember that no one will be as proud or as passionate about your books as you are. No one. It feels great to have people on your side championing your work, but strangers and friends and family will never be as excited about it as you are. That’s why your book needs to be fun and exciting and it needs to make people want to buy it and read it and review it and tell other people about it. I’ve got a couple of incentives to help people get excited about Kaiju Canyon.
My 2012 NBAS fantasy adventure epic, House Hunter, where houses are living creatures made to fight each other for sport and for war.
My surreal dystopian milk world survival story, Day of the Milkman, about the last remaining milkman in a world ruled by the milk industry now turning sour.
My dark/weird poetry collection, Beautiful Madness, featuring poems both violent and beautiful, visceral, imaginative.
I’d like to think I’ve got a good spread to choose from, so hopefully there’s something here to suit your tastes.
3: As mentioned earlier, if you can’t afford to buy my books, promotion 2 will hardly work out for you. I’ll send you a copy of one of my three older books mentioned above just for sharing the Amazon link to Kaiju Canyon. Word of mouth is a valuable thing for small-fry writers like me. I will reward your kindness with ebooks. Just share, send me a message on facebook or twitter, pick a book and it shall be yours.
4: As always, if you’re a reviewer, whether it be for a literary website or a publication, or even Goodreads or Amazon, if you’re interested in reading/reviewing my books, all you need to do is ask.
When a hunting expedition goes missing during a freak earthquake in the Australian Outback, the Alice Springs Police Department sends out a search team to find the missing hunters. Instead, the rescue party discovers a newly-formed canyon in the heart of the Outback.
Nothing could have prepared them for the horror that awaits them as they find themselves besieged by gigantic flying monsters and mutant lizards.
Kaiju Canyon is an action packed journey into primordial terror, where every step you take may be your last.