Tuesday, November 9, 2010

An Early Christmas Present

For a limited time Ridan is offering electronic versions of Avempartha, the second of my book series, for free. You can get it where ever electronic books are sold—including Amazon kindles. I think it is the only free fantasy novel presently available.

Why is Avempartha free? It is a marketing promotion obviously, but why Avempartha and not the first book in the series?

Two reasons:

One, Avempartha starts better. The first chapter of Crown can be misleading given that it is more like a prologue than the first chapter in that it doesn't even deal with the main characters, but rather the somewhat unpleasant personage of Archibald Ballentyne. And as people who pick this up for free aren't likely to put much effort into reading a book that cost them nothing, I'd better grab them right away.

Second, while Crown is a pleasant introduction to the series, Avempartha is where the greater story begins to unfold. The "Fellowship of the Ring" to Crown's "The Hobbit" if you will. And if you are looking to hook first time readers into buying the other books in the series—which they are—this is probably the best book to do that.

For those of you reading this blog, the news isn't likely useful as I imagine you've already read Avempartha, but if you know someone who reads electronic books, here is a chance to get them hooked into the series for free. Also if you've secretly bought someone a Kindle, SonyReader, or iPad for Christmas, you can preload it with Avempartha as an added surprise. Better yet, I suppose you could consider it a "buy Crown and get Avempartha free," promo too. Of course, if you read the hard copy, and now find yourself fortunate enough to own a reader of some sort, and you couldn't bring yourself to repurchase a book you've already read, now you can just download it. This way when you finish Percepliquis and find that you just have to re-read the series, you'll at least have one on your new device.

The offer should run until sometime around the end of this month (November.) So tell your friends and tell your neighbors that they really have to meet two great friends of yours that you just know they're gonna love...Royce and Hadrian, who for at this a month, can be hired for free.

5 comments:

  1. Hey there, Michael! Congrats. I'm going to tell people about this. I have't read further than the Crown Conspiracy yet, so I picked up Avempartha today and I fully intend to pick up the rest later.

    Over at Kindboards, some of us are trying to figure out why Amazon made certain books free today. Do you know why? Did you lower the price somewhere else and now they've matched it? Did they discuss this with you? We're also trying to figure out if authors will be paid for these freebies, which might depend on whether or not your book was set at 70% or 35% royalties before this happened. At 35%, they should have to pay you. At 70%, I'm not sure.

    A friend of mine (David Dalglish) "sold" a TON of free ebooks off Amazon when Amazon made his book 1 free for a while, so I think you're going to do really well with this. Congrats!

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  2. Not sure how Amazon set the price, but yeah the books are going kinda crazy over there at Amazon right now.

    I mentioned in the post that Avempartha was the only free fantasy book. I actually meant in its category "historical fantasy." But that was a whole four hours ago. Since then Avempartha has moved up into the charts on the general fantasy board. More impressive is that Crown is keeping with it, and as of this moment in time, (and things are changing rapidly,) Crown is 298 over all ranking on Amazon and number 15 on the "Movers and Shaker's" board and 12 on general fantasy.

    Don't know what it will mean tomorrow, but right now it is exciting.

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  3. Umm, am I missing something here?
    I tried going directly through the link for your ebooks and right before I logged in to paypal the total was still 3.99.

    So I went over to the sonystore and added it to my cart and started the checkout process. Price stayed at 4.99. I obviously didn't finish the process.

    Do I have to go all the way to the end, or input a code or what?

    thanks...

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  4. Derrick,

    You can write an email to ridan.ship@gmail.com and they will send you out a free book, or you can just download it from Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

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  5. thanks Michael. I'll email ridan, cause I have a sony, which won't work with amazon or BN, sigh :-)

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