I love saying hardcore, because by definition it now means that whatever I’m talking about is generally not hardcore.
The biggest battle I’ve had with my After The Fires Went Out series is with finding the right audience. Post-Apocalyptic fiction means different things to different people, and to some, all PA fiction should be instructional in nature. Now I guess Coyote is instructional, with great tips on short line omelette cooking and how to ruin the upholstery in a Ford Mustang through the judicious use of ipecac… but that’s not what those particular readers are looking for. They want me to tell them how to snare rabbits, how to filter water with a barrel of gravel and sand, and how to field-dress a gunshot wound. And I don’t do that; not because I don’t know my subject matter, but because I figure that even if I wrote out how to do something, you can’t really be sure it’s true, because I’m a fiction writer who can’t even afford to fix his roof.
So those readers are understandably unhappy with the result, and I have some lovely one star reviews to prove it. That brings my rating down below a 4 star average, which greatly affects the visibility and promotional opportunities for my book. And if Book One is hurting, Books Two and Three (yes, that one’s coming soon, sheeple) will suffer, too.
So with that said, my major push over the next month will be to get Coyote into the hands of reviewers, whether book bloggers, readers on Goodreads or Amazon, or Hugh Howey.
So… here’s where you come in (and sorry for that sheeple remark):
Step One: Read Coyote (if you haven’t already)
You can access it the following ways:
- For free download via Story Cartel, in exchange for a review.
- By emailing me with your best limerick and/or haiku (yes, you may combine both into a limraiku) and asking for me to email you a copy of the MOBI or EPUB file.
- By purchasing it from any of the following retailers, because you want me to take your money and inject it into my ailing roof:
Step Two: Review Coyote
Obviously I’m hoping you’ll have nice things to say about it, but that’s not a requirement. And I know that most readers think they aren’t “qualified” to review, or they don’t know what to write… but it’s just about saying what you thought of it. Other readers appreciate that kind of honesty.
Here’s where you can post your review:
- Amazon (the big one for me)
- Amazon UK (if you’re based across the pond, I could use some more reviews)
- Goodreads (always could use more feedback here)
- Barnes & Noble
Step Three (optional): Tell me about it
If you gave me a review, let me know. Then I’ll enter you into my fancy bribery contest. Winners (yes, plural) will receive an advance eBook copy of After The Fires Went Out: Veneration as well as a US$10 Amazon gift card. For those of you who’ve already reviewed Coyote, you can also enter by reminding me of your past generosity.
So that’s it. It goes without saying that I’m going to keep putting books out, because I have issues, but the better they do the more work I’ll be able to put into it (cutting back on my hypothetical beanie baby resale business). So that means more books, and sooner.
So get on it, sheeple. (I don’t know why I keep using that word.)
My (hypothetically) leaky roof thanks you in advance.