Tuesday, 26 June 2012

No Kindle? No problem! (Or, why are you doing Amazon exclusives when I don't have a Kindle?)

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that two of my short stories, Turn Around Where Possible and Cold, are only currently available via Amazon, for Kindle. <plug class="shameless">You can get them here and here respectively.</plug>

Now some people have asked me why this is, when I've published other things using Lulu and Smashwords too. The answer is simple - Amazon run a programme called KDP Select which, in return for short-term exclusivity, offers the author promotional tools that would otherwise not be available to him or her. Like going free for a day or two here and there. And it works - at least it has for me, so far. The rush of paid Turn Around sales I've had in the last six weeks is almost entirely attributable to earlier free days.

I've heard some gripes though, along the lines of "I want to read these stories of yours but hey, mister, I don't have a Kindle." News flash - you don't need one! Because Amazon make a fine selection of entirely free Kindle reading apps with which you can consume content from the Kindle store exactly as if you had one of their increasingly-ubiquitous reading devices. If you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone), PC, Mac or a tablet (Android of iPad), there's a Kindle reading app for you. They all work a treat. And did I mention they're all free?

You can download your app, or apps, of choice here. And once you've done that, you can get some content for them here...

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Coincidentally, it's also International Short Story Day

Today is International Short Story Day, apparently. What better time to launch a new short story then?

Cold is published today, exclusively available through the Amazon Kindle Store (at first, at least). It's a short, dark tale of what happens when a woman breaks her own rules about office relationships and married men. When she realises she can't get her man back she decides to get even instead. So begins her thirst for revenge... and as we all know, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Cold is available right about now, on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk - please do read and enjoy!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

So what do you think?

Alongside the never-ending novel-in-waiting, I've been working on a short story lately entitled Cold. It's nearly ready to go, and will be coming to a Kindle near you soon. Maybe other formats and outlets too, I haven't decided yet.

But anyway. Have I mentioned before that I do my own covers? I have a lot of fun with these - whilst it's safe to say I'm no graphic artist or designer, it's amazing what can be achieved with some free software, royalty-free stock images and an understanding of layers.

Here's what I'm thinking of going with for Cold. What do you think?

Draft artwork for Cold