Some interesting things afoot here in Matt Iden Land. To wit:
I’m guest blogging on Omnimystery News today about the inspiration for my protagonist, Marty Singer. If you said Spenser, Reacher, or Pike…you’re way off. Check out the blog to find out why!
Omnimystery is also kindly holding a contest for Blueblood, the second in my Marty Singer series. Three copies (paper or electrons, your choice) being given away. Head on over, read the blog post (you’ll need a code found in my guest post), and enter the contest. Ends October 25! Enter now or be forever cursed!
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A Reason to Live is being featured on the Bawdy Book blog tomorrow, October 19. While ARTLisn’t the steamy norm for this corner of the internet, blogger Jennifer Adams was kind enough to make an exception in my case (hey, there aren’t one but TWO sex scenes in the novel). Please swing by and give her a vote, a comment, or at least one tick upward in her site metrics.
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Kindle Nation Daily is set to run a sponsored excerpt of A Reason to Live on October 23. Their “Free Kindle Nation Shorts Excerpt – Email Blast” goes out to “over 32,000 opt-in email or Kindle edition subscribers.” They’ll be running a 20,000 word excerpt from A Reason to Live that I hope will wow a whole new raft of consumers in time for…well, it’s a little early for Christmas, but never too late to read a book!
This is the last of three recent attempts to buy love on the internet, the other two being ads on Ereader News Today and Goodreads. When all the numbers are in, I hope to do a wrap up on the return on investment (and effort).
There was no an upper limit on copies that authors could give away
The default view of the page ranked books by “copies remaining” in the giveaway. Other filters were available, but no one was going to use them.
Those two issues meant that whoever had the highest number left was given top-billing on the page. Result? Ten million copy giveaways were not unusual in the last few months, as authors tried to “outbid” each other, knowing that–really–they’d never give more than a few dozen copies away.
Well, in a recent giveaway (see below), I noticed that ebook giveaways are limited to 100. Way to go, Librarything! It only took months for you to program NUM =< 100 into your system.
Now, if you could just improve the data entry experience (like not wiping out critical information upon editing the entry, or not listing each and every country with a checkbox next to it when I pick “all countries.” Saying “all countries” is just fine. I’ll know what you meant.).
2. Finding Emma Giveaway I’m giving away 25 ecopies of my psychological thriller/horror novella, Finding Emma, on Librarything.com. I’m asking for a review in return. Not a bad deal!
The Giveaway goes until October 4. There are already 35 entries for the 25 copies, but selection is a random pick by Librarything, so everyone has a chance!
“…a masterful blend of suspense and intrigue.” – Ray, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, 5 star review
No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He’s a recluse and a creep and that’s just the way he wants it.
But when ten-year old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn on him in fear and accusation, escalating as the days pass. The answers they–and the reader–get, however, are the last that anyone would suspect…
Finding Emma is a novella of literary horror totalling 17,500 words or about 70 paperback pages.
3. A Reason to Live price reduction To celebrate the release of Blueblood I’ve reduced the price of A Reason to Live to $2.99 on all sites (check sidebar to the right). Get it while it’s hot! Get it while it’s buttered!
I’m incredibly excited to announce that the second book in the Marty Singer crime fiction series, Blueblood, is available for all major e-readers and will be available in paperback within the week!
Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.
They were all cops.
In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the case from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more Blueblood.
Apple/iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Sony will ship at the end of this week and should be available soon. Paperback copies are going through vetting at CreateSpace as you read this and should be available within just a few days.
Stay tuned for contests and giveaways!