If you have an Amazon.co.uk account, this is the time to acquire your copy of NETHERWORLD!
If you choose to review NETHERWORLD, buying a copy allows you to be listed as a ‘verified purchase,’ which carries a higher weight in the algorithms than just leaving a review after reading an ARC. Win/win.
If you have been waiting, now’s the time, and Oct. 24 is the first and least expensive day. The price goes up daily until it’s back at its permanent price, £8.87.
Or you can still join Booksprout – and get an ARC to review.
Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. That’s the part I’m really looking forward to.
Will try to take a shorter time to give you the final volume of the story. I’ve already started writing.
If you would like an ebook ARC, I would appreciate if you would trundle over to Booksprout, create a free reader/reviewer account, search for Netherworld, and download the ARC. You then read, post the review at Amazon, and tell Booksprout (a new UK company which I’m trying out for this book) you’ve done so. Fast and easy – and a big help to me because I don’t have to supervise the process while I’m recovering from some stuff.
Anyone can join Booksprout.
Wait for the October 19 DEAL
If you have followed this blog, you get informed of sales. My first Kindle Countdown Deal starts October 19, 2022, and allows you to buy the book starting at a mere $2.99. Go to the US site on that date and until the countdown is over a week later.
I’m sorry that the Countdown is only available in the US, but that is all Amazon allows.
Over the course of a week, the price will slowly rise to the list price, $9.99, so the earlier you buy, the lower the price you pay.
Buy the book NOW because you can’t wait and don’t want to fuss with the review site
Go to your own Amazon site (the US site is here), and pay full price in your country (I believe going to the US site from a different country will redirect you to you country’s site instead).
Wait a while until I’m better and fully functional again
which is going to take a while. Then contact me at abehrhardt at gmail, and request an electronic ARC.
You should mention in your review that the review is voluntary and not in exchange for anything.
Posting your review
To finish this process you need to be able to post reviews at Amazon, and that usually requires that you have bought things on Amazon, a minimum of $50 worth over the previous year. We buy so much stuff there that it isn’t a problem, but some people don’t, and won’t be able to post.
If you can’t post on Amazon, post somewhere – on your blog, on Goodreads, etc. – and just send me a link so I know where it is. Thanks!
Don’t worry about royalties
I price my books so a full price sale in any format pays me about $6. This is the 70% royalty Amazon offers self-published authors.
What format you prefer – and how much more it costs – depends on Amazon’s costs – and is fixed; paperbacks cost more because of the physical costs of printing and mailing; ebooks are relatively inexpensive because they’re easily delivered to you in bits via the internet.
But my royalty is the same.
Ditto Kindle Unlimited
where I earn about the same royalty if you download the book AND read the whole thing. You have to have the paid KU subscription, and it counts pages.
So there you have it – how to read Pride’s Children: NETHERWORLD and leave a review – in several different forms.
Especially because it will be a while before I can do much actual marketing.
It has been a bit of an odyssey, as the book was finished in March – but cover and formatting were only finalized late last night, and Amazon accepted it in about an hour – record time!
I’ve set up a Kindle Countdown Deal for NETHERWORLD on Oct 19-26, starting at $2.99 and going back to $9.99 by the end, and it is in Kindle Unlimited for those with the KU service. They require that the book’s price not be changed for 30 days before a Countdown – so we have to wait until it’s been published that long.
Meanwhile, it is already available for the hard-core reader. I also set up a Countdown for PURGATORY, to start Sep 21-28, if you haven’t read it.
Good for Christmas presents.
The print version had an unacceptable flaw: on ONE page, the text touched the gutter margin; it is being corrected. ONE page. Picky, picky, Amazon. I like that bots and algorithms can maintain quality – a human would be bored to tears examining every one of 540 pages for minute errors; a computer does it quickly and without errors caused by ennui.
As soon as I have that tiny correction, up goes the paperback; hardcovers for both books will be available as soon as I can make the appropriate cover for PURGATORY (I already have the one for NETHERWORLD).
What can I tell you about NETHERWORLD I haven’t already?
It starts only hours after PURGATORY ends, back on Night Talk in New York City with our late night talk show hostess Dana Lewiston. Will she get some juicy revelations out of Andrew O’Connell, last minute guest?
And what was he doing in Boston that morning?
And what’s with the pigeons?
Dana has a secret, too.
And there is a waltz, and a festive treat. Why?
The fun process of getting editorial and customer reviews has begun
I will be out for some medical stuff for about two weeks – not much will happen until all that is over – we ME/CFS types have such a small amount of energy that appointments and such wipe us out, and we dare not push because the crash could make us permanently worse.
So the part I enjoy, after the book is finished, will be paused (the main reason for this post).
I can’t wait to get to Book 3 of the Trilogy
Life keeps interfering, but
I have a VERY rough draft (which I hope no one ever sees), and
Writing has begun (I couldn’t help myself)
I already have a good idea what I want for the cover!
You are up-to-date for now – and I’m excited to finally have something to offer readers.
Don’t rush – unless you can’t wait. Oct. 19 will have a Kindle Countdown Deal at a very good price for my doorstopper volume.
Indies Today have just released their awards for the year 2021 books, and Pride’s Children PURGATORY has been named the Best Contemporary Book. (see new shiny badge!)
My thanks to the judges for their consideration, and I hope many more readers will take the trip with Kary, Andrew, and Bianca through the intersection between Hollywood and the world of writing, especially now that publication is getting very close for the second book in the trilogy, NETHERWORLD.
Again, a big thank you to Jennifer Jackson for her wonderful review. (click on badge!)
And I’m donating ALL my royalties from sales, and page reads on KU (Kindle Unlimited), for the month of May 2018 to #MEAction‘s fundraiser.
And for heaven’s sake, not one who commits suicide or dies of cancer, thus tidying herself out of the way of normal characters!
But one who lives, breathes, and functions as well as possible – given one of the burdens of being a human: not having everything functioning in tip-top shape OR being reachable by diet and exercise.
Because fiction creates EMPATHY. Fiction is the only way, short of having the disease, that you can experience what it is really like, how every decision in your life is affected, and how your hopes and aspirations and goals come crashing down when you become disabled.
Because May is ME Awareness Month, and many activities are being planned, including the #MillionsMissing demonstrations where we are represented by our shoes – because they can leave home and we can’t in many cases.
It is hard to advocate for yourself and a disease you battle daily – when you have so little energy you don’t manage to brush your teeth some days.
#MEAction is raising funds to fight for people with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a major devastating and debilitating disease which has been ridiculed and ignored by the medical profession for more than the past three decades, and is getting attention now because people with ME/CFS and their allies are demanding it.
If you read Pride’s Children: PURGATORY, and can’t wait for NETHERWORLD, check out the Patreon and become a patron – it’s the only way to get more before this very slow writer with ME/CFS publishes Book 2. And eventually Book 3.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY: Kindle Owner’s Lending Library
And a PRIME membership.
Just figured this out (we’ve had a Prime membership for years):
Go to the product page (link above). IF you have a Prime membership AND own an actual Kindle device, you may borrow a Kindle edition book for FREE every month – and Pride’s Children qualifies. Just select borrow for free next to the Prime symbol to the right of the book cover. Duh, Alicia!
Rankings for books and authors INCLUDE borrows, so if you like, you can read the final, cleaned up published version of Pride’s Children: PURGATORY (Book 1) at no cost to you! And I get credit.
I’m sure everybody else but me knows this, and I probably did at one point (when I was just a reader), but it NEVER OCCURRED TO ME that MY book would qualify.