Calling all eBook and lit enthusiasts: you can now get the eBook versions of both of my short story collections for just under $4. That’s right, my new collection, Songs of Vagabonds, Misfits and Sinners, is on sale for $2.99 and my previous collection, The Love Book, is available for the low, low price of only $.99. You can get them for your favorite reading devices including Kindle, iPad and iPhone, and Nook.
This is a bit of an experiment (for a limited time) to see two things: (1) are literature and short story readers as price sensitive as genre readers, and (2) are genre readers — many of whom champion independent authors in mystery, paranormal romance, and crime fiction — willing to jump out of their typical reading list. I don’t expect to hit any bestseller lists, but I suspect it might yield some interesting results (or prove me yet again to be a blasted idiot).
Click on the links below to get your ebooks. And it goes with out saying, if you like the stories in either book, be sure to post a review on the site you got it from or on any of the book sharing sites such as GoodReads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing.
The single-story e-book crusade continues with the second installment of my special summer releases available to readers for only $1.99 each. You can now download “The Metronome Winds Down” in PDF, Kindle, ePub, Mobi, Palm, or Sony reader format. Just think: for less than the cost of a cheap bottle of beer, you get yourself a nice gritty piece of storytelling.
Here is the plot: What would you do to keep your wife alive? If Pat can scrape together ten grand, he can buy his wife two more months. But he doesn’t have the cash. So he comes up with a scheme to get the money. But at what price?
As with “Job in Williasmburg,” this is part of my little experiment to test the idea of single-story e-book downloads. I’ll be releasing a single-story e-book download each month, all priced at $1.99. I’ll eventually release most of them in a single trade paperback collection. But with publishing models being stood on their head in the digital age, I don’t have to wait to get these stories into your hands (or hard drives in this case). Enjoy.
And if you’ve never read an e-book before, click here for a quick “how to.”
Who says storytelling can’t survive in the digital age? Presenting, for your reading pleasure, a brand new, never before released short story titled “Job in Williamsburg” now available for a measely $1.99.
It’s the tale of Ramón, a poor painter who wants nothing more than to be a great artist. He talks to paintings. Sometimes they talk back to him. A pariah on the local art scene, who thinks he’s just painted a masterpiece. But things do not go as planned. Go ahead: skip a cup a coffee, plunk down some change, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a short story. It’s available in PDF, ePub, LRF (Sony eReader), Palm, or Amazon Kindle format; think of it as a damn good punk single.
While I’m still hard at work on the next book, “No Tears for Old Scratch,” I decided to try a little experiment. I’ll be releasing a single-story e-book download each month, all priced at $1.99. I’ll eventually release most of them in a single trade paperback collection. But with publishing models being stood on their head in the digital age, I don’t have to wait to get these stories into your hands (or hard drives in this case). It’s all part of my firm belief that as e-books, portable reading devices, and universal e-book file formats will be good for authors. Shorter content will become more popular again. Short stories will come back in the same way that singles came back for music, and the old pariah of the publishing world might just regain its luster.
I’m proud to announce that Six Sentences has just posted a little collection of six macabre tales — each six sentences long — by yours truly titled “Six Deaths.” It’s kind of like my own little EP of Nick Cave songs. You can read the stories via the Issuu embed below or you can listen to the audio versions I’ll be posting here (one per day, starting today). Scroll down to view the stories or listen to the first story, “A Big Top One.” I actually wrote all the stories on my iPhone, using the Notes application, while riding the subway to and from work over the course of one week. Enjoy.