In a sea of millions stories available on Amazon, the indie writer (despite her-his talent) is a single drop. Discoverability becomes a challenge.
To augment our visibility, instead of bickering, we help each other to make the stories more prominent.
Indie authors helping their discoverability
The main advantage of A Short and Awesome Promotion is that the featured free stories are shorter than novels or trilogies. So, between October 1-31, you get to taste various writers for free!
Time-limited joint promotions help readers discover new indie authors they might like. Besides my own work, you get to find many other voices. That’s discoverability.
My book “How to Think Inside the Box” has joined the Short and Awesome Promotion on Bookfunnel! If you like first contact stories featuring an alien POV, this one is for you! Dip into this chunky 7000-word SF story.
Books are like Ice cream
I always say that books are like ice cream, there are a lot of flavors besides vanilla. So among the 100+ authors participating, you might find some enjoyable stories by an unknown author.
Well, I found my wonderful friend SF author Douglas Smith offering “Spirit Dance”. Visit also Douglas’ website, a very comprehensive resource for writers in all stages of their career. Particularly of interest is his foreign-language markets list. His book, Playing the Short Game, is a must for the short-story writer wanting to get published in magazines.
See in particular the story “Beginnings” by Tikiri. The opening is grabbing and heart-wrenching. The author denounces in a firm voice the exploitation of women; her novel follows a trio of rebel women endeavouring to bring some justice in this harsh modern world. “Beginnings” reaches in the past on one of the “red-heeled rebels” heroines.
As for brand new voices in SF, the Clone Crisis prequel “Alexi” by first-time author Melissa Faye is a YA dystopian SF about, yes, a society made entirely of clones: how do you manage sound family relations?
“If the world is all clones, what happens to family units? Raising your own clone feels strange, like inbreeding” Melissa says aboutthe inspiration behind her series on her author’s website.
There are about one hundred short reads offered on the Bookfunnel page, enough to sate your thirst for reading. On Bookfunnel between october 1st to Halloween!
A parting word before you dive in this promo…
The most beautiful gift you can give the authors in exchange for their free book is to share your pleasure about it.
Leave a review on Goodreads.com or on any platform (Amazon, Kobo…) featuring the author’s books.
Reviews really go a long way to help a clueless reader (like me!) decides if the ebook is worth his-her time and money. Even simple “starred” evaluation do help readers in theri choices. Don’t leave a read book site silent!
Of course, after you have taken a taste, you can also visit the websites of your newly- discovered storytellers and buy their books!
Summary of the Short and Awesome Promotion:
WHAT: SF & fantasy short-stories and novellas
WHERE: On Bookfunnel.com
WHEN: between October 1st to 31st -Halloween eve!
HOW MUCH: Free!
WHO TO THANK: Emerald Dodge has organized this promo
HOW TO THANK an AUTHOR: Leave a ***** evaluation or a review on Goodreads.com (for a starters)!