For five days, I am giving away the Lost Children Anthology for free.
Now, this may seem idiotic, to give away a charity book for free. But by studying the benefits reaped by Amazon booksellers who have given away a book for free, I believe this will help jumpstart the now tepid sales. So, even if you already own the book in print or for other formats, I urge you to click the link below and get yourself a free Kindle edition to help push us up in the sales ranks.
The U.K. edition is doing quite well, at #23 in its category, but the U.S. one needs some help.
Please share this over the next 5 days, and if you can spare me thirty seconds, get yourself a free book, click the “Like” button on Amazon beside the price, and scroll down to the “Tags” section and click “I agree with these tags.” It will help us sell books once the fire sale is over.
Once again, I appreciate your help, and thank you for your support. We’ve generated hundreds of dollars for Children 1st and PROTECT, and we can raise a lot more with a little work.
A second volume is in the works for this autumn, with some names you’ll recognize. I’m keeping them a secret for now.
Link to the U.K. edition of LOST CHILDREN
For a limited time, I have reduced the price of Lost Children: A Charity Anthology to Benefit PROTECT and Children 1st to a mere 99 cents on Kindle and Nook. I don’t believe in selling things below their value, so this WILL NOT last for long. Do me, PROTECT and Children 1st a favor and spread the word. Give it as a gift. I have to sell 6x as many at this price to generate the same donation. It is an experiment, and I need your help to make it work.
Read what hardboiled legend Wayne Dundee says is “equally haunting and powerful and as painfully timely as today’s headlines” and support two causes that are fighting child abuse and not just spouting platitudes about it: PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children, and Children 1st.
Stories by Paul D. Brazill, Fiona Johnson, Ron Earl Phillips, Chad Rohrbacher, James Lloyd Davis, David Barber, Erin Zulkoski, Luca Veste, J.F. Juzwik, Ingrid Hardy, Seamus Bellamy, and many more.
And remember… I read most Kindle books on my PC. You don’t need an e-reader. You can read any e-book you buy on Amazon on the web, at their Kindle Cloud Reader.
© 2011 Thomas Pluck
I entered the foray of self-publishing this year, sort of. I published Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, edited with my friends Fiona Johnson and Ron Earl Phillips, with stories by 30 writers. And all the cash is going to two causes: PROTECT and Children 1st. One reason I did it was of course, to raise money for these organizations. Another reason was to learn the ropes and see the results, to decide if self-publishing is for me. To see what kind of sales I could generate, and how much work goes into it.
You have to set goals for yourself. My goals were:
Sell 100 copies in the first month (succeeded)
Sell at least one copy per day after that (succeeded, in the long run)
Now I wanted to sell 100 per month, but it didn’t happen. We’re at 148 sales right now, and I’d be happy to make 150 sales by the end of the year.
According to Dean Wesley Smith, these are excellent sales for a first book. The sales really pile in once you have 4-5 items for sale, because you get repeat business. I never expected this anthology, with a handful of known crime and literary writers and many first-timers, to sell very well. Fiona and I donated $600 of our own cash for the original fiction challenge, and we wanted to generate more for the causes. The project has been a great success in that regard- the royalties aren’t in yet, but we’re looking at around $350 in two months, and the book will be on sale for three years.
But let me tell you, it’s a lot of work. I’m still not sure if self-publishing is the way to go, for me. I don’t want to start that debate. It works for a lot of people. Traditional works for others. Dean Wesley Smith says use both to your advantage, and to me, that seems the wisest choice. Of course, you need to talk softly and carry a big lawyer, if you plan on self-publishing and pursuing a contract with a major publisher. Many contracts include non-compete clauses that would keep you from self-publishing, even if you’ve been doing it prior to the contract. Let the writer beware. But enough about that.
It was an exciting endeavor and now that I’ve learned it, would I do it again? You bet I would.
But I want two more sales. Really bad. The next two buyers- print or e-book- who email me the receipt (use the “contact me” form on the upper right) will get a copy of Heart Transplant by Andrew Vachss donated to the library of their choice.
© 2011 Thomas Pluck
© 2011 Thomas Pluck