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Post by Kenwood on Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:46 am

Figured I'd start a specific thread for this sort of thing. Seems like most forums have them these days.

Anyway, I'll begin. The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair is currently available for free, for those interested.



Table of Contents:

Introduction
Plastic by J.L. Bryan
The Indian Rope Trick by D.P. Prior
Night Night by Daniel Pyle
Dead Things by Michael Crane
Does Laura Like Elephants? by Steven Pirie *
39 Days by Robert J. Duperre *
The Candle Eaters by K. Allen Wood *
Black Mary by Mercedes M. Yardley *
Exhibit C by David McAfee
The Canoe by Joel Arnold
Destination by Benjamin X. Wretlind
The Ghastly Bath by Dawn McCullough-White
Worldwide Event by David Dalglish
Traipsing Through the Dark: The Stories Behind the Stories

* Totemites

http://www.amazon.com/Gate-Tales-Isolation-Despair-ebook/dp/B007DZERE0

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Re: Free Kindle Books

Post by Kenwood on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:22 pm

Pimping for one of Shock Totem's earliest supporters... =)

Some of you may not know him now (or you may know him as Adam Blomquist), but Adam Cesare is going to be very well-known in years to come. He is a young writer, but he's damn good. Great guy, too. His debut release, Tribesmen, was published by Skipp and his Ravenous Shadows imprint, and it's a fantastic debut.

To get his name out there more, he has self-published Bone Meal Broth, a small collection of short fiction. And today it's free.



You can read his thoughts on it HERE.

Download it here: http://amzn.com/B007MRYV22

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Post by Dyer Wilk on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:20 pm

Love the cover art. I know a cover doesn't make a book, but that's usually what helps reel me in. Considering that "Bone Meal Broth" is self-published, I'm impressed. Of course, a lot of publishing houses have been cheaping out on cover art the last few years. Case in point, most of the Leisure Books editions of Jack Ketchum's novels. Too much bad Photoshop. It doesn't do the writing any justice. There are so many talented artists out there these days, it's surprising publishers aren't hitting them up.

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:34 pm

I take issue with bad cover art:

http://www.eyesoretimes.com/2012/03/your-cover-art-sucks.html


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Post by starktheground on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:26 pm

I'm not sure why, but the name Blomquist is familiar. I guess I've heard it before and it stuck in my head. Wonder why he would change a name so memorable? scratch

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:40 pm

starktheground wrote:I'm not sure why, but the name Blomquist is familiar. I guess I've heard it before and it stuck in my head. Wonder why he would change a name so memorable? scratch
He only recently started going by Cesare. He's had a couple tales published under Blomquist. I can't remember why he changed it, though. I think Cesare is his middle name.

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Post by starktheground on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:53 pm

I recalled reading him in a couple anthos. Good writer, though. I think maybe that's what stuck in my head, not just the name. Maybe that's why I remembered him.

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Re: Free Kindle Books

Post by Kenwood on Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:07 am

Kenwood wrote:Figured I'd start a specific thread for this sort of thing. Seems like most forums have them these days.

Anyway, I'll begin. The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair is currently available for free, for those interested.



Table of Contents:

Introduction
Plastic by J.L. Bryan
The Indian Rope Trick by D.P. Prior
Night Night by Daniel Pyle
Dead Things by Michael Crane
Does Laura Like Elephants? by Steven Pirie *
39 Days by Robert J. Duperre *
The Candle Eaters by K. Allen Wood *
Black Mary by Mercedes M. Yardley *
Exhibit C by David McAfee
The Canoe by Joel Arnold
Destination by Benjamin X. Wretlind
The Ghastly Bath by Dawn McCullough-White
Worldwide Event by David Dalglish
Traipsing Through the Dark: The Stories Behind the Stories

* Totemites

http://www.amazon.com/Gate-Tales-Isolation-Despair-ebook/dp/B007DZERE0
The Gate 2 is free again, today and tomorrow only. You want this! Yes, you do. Def

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Re: Free Kindle Books

Post by Kenwood on Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:30 pm

The Gate 2, posted at the top, is free again today. =)

And here are some more:

Anthology - She Nailed a Stake Through Her Head: Tales of Biblical Horror
Chet Williamson - Siege of Stone (The Searchers, Book III)
Daniel Pyle - Mountain Madness
Joe R. Lansdale - Bullets and Fire
Joe R. Lansdale - Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
Joe R. Lansdale - The Steel Valentine
Joe R. Lansdale - Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back
Kealan Patrick Burke - The Turtle Boy (The Timmy Quinn Series, Book I)
Scott Nicholson - Three Ghost Stories

And many more HERE, of course.

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Re: Free Kindle Books

Post by DConrad on Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:15 pm

I understand the marketing concept of 'free'—that it puts you closer to the top of the heap in terms of downloads (and the resulting supposed readership). But I wonder how much 'free' is actually read and how much is simply hoarded, and how all this is affecting pricing in general.

It feels as though this 'free' thing is spiraling out of control. I wonder how many people have been reduced to the readership of 'free'.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:19 pm

I just posted this on Facebook:

Most people are downloading these books with a hoarder's mentality. It's just something to take.

Go to any convention, whether it's for books, comics, video games, whatever, and you will see people strolling around with a grip of bookmarks, pins, stickers, flyers. These people don't care about that stuff; they're just taking it because it's free.

And in my opinion, the free giveaways are an online representation of those people at conventions who just take the freebies. They take because they can, not because they want.
But I will say, our actual sales doubled last month when we ran our promo. So while I don't think those downloading free copies really care, they do help push the product in front of others who, by actually paying for it, have a more vested interested in actually reading it.

That's what I hope anyway.

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Post by Balor on Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:25 pm

Kenwood wrote:I just posted this on Facebook:

Most people are downloading these books with a hoarder's mentality. It's just something to take.

Go to any convention, whether it's for books, comics, video games, whatever, and you will see people strolling around with a grip of bookmarks, pins, stickers, flyers. These people don't care about that stuff; they're just taking it because it's free.

And in my opinion, the free giveaways are an online representation of those people at conventions who just take the freebies. They take because they can, not because they want.
But I will say, our actual sales doubled last month when we ran our promo. So while I don't think those downloading free copies really care, they do help push the product in front of others who, by actually paying for it, have a more vested interested in actually reading it.

That's what I hope anyway.

That's how it works. The higher you rank in the free list, the higher you are in the lending library once it comes off free, which leads to boku sales for a short time at least. The trick is to make that momentum stick, which I haven't quite figured out yet.

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Post by starktheground on Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:43 pm

Sweet! Thanks for posting these.

I am a fan of free, and I think it works from a business aspect. Take the Gate 2, for instance. I'm halfway done reading it, and like it so much I intend to go buy the first anthology, as well as keep an eye out for the authors I like in it. As a mom with three young children, I'm on a tight budget and have to be selective with the books I purchase. I wouldn't buy something unless I know I can trust it will be great. I know a lot of people may hoard and not use the free books, but I think the ones (like me) who are just broadening their reading circle will make the risk worth it.

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:37 pm

starktheground wrote:Sweet! Thanks for posting these.

I am a fan of free, and I think it works from a business aspect. Take the Gate 2, for instance. I'm halfway done reading it, and like it so much I intend to go buy the first anthology, as well as keep an eye out for the authors I like in it. As a mom with three young children, I'm on a tight budget and have to be selective with the books I purchase. I wouldn't buy something unless I know I can trust it will be great. I know a lot of people may hoard and not use the free books, but I think the ones (like me) who are just broadening their reading circle will make the risk worth it.
Oh, there are definitely some people who don't just hoard books. I just know there is a legion of people who scour Amazon every day looking for freebies.

Glad you liked The Gate. =)

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Post by starktheground on Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:19 pm

I did! There were only two stories in it I didn't care for, and that's good for me, cause I'm really picky. Your story was one of my favorites. I don't want to give anything away, but the (creatures) were such a spooky invention!

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:36 pm

starktheground wrote:I did! There were only two stories in it I didn't care for, and that's good for me, cause I'm really picky. Your story was one of my favorites. I don't want to give anything away, but the (creatures) were such a spooky invention!
THANK YOU!

It's been reviewed a few times and the only mention my story got was from someone who found it confusing. Haha. So I was beginning to think it wasn't as good as I thought.

So thanks for that. =)

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Post by Balor on Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:50 pm

starktheground wrote:I did! There were only two stories in it I didn't care for, and that's good for me, cause I'm really picky. Your story was one of my favorites. I don't want to give anything away, but the (creatures) were such a spooky invention!

Thank goodness you liked it! Ken was starting to develop a complex...

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Post by Mercedes on Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:09 pm

Thank goodness you liked it! Ken was starting to develop a complex...

lol

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Post by Kenwood on Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:56 am

Mercedes wrote:
Thank goodness you liked it! Ken was starting to develop a complex...
lol
Not surprising, huh? Laughing

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:47 am

Better than developing a simple... Wink

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Post by starktheground on Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:22 pm

Yeah, I don't see how it was confusing. It made perfect sense to me. But every reader perceives things differently, right.

I got the first Gate yesterday, but haven't read it yet. I'm

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Post by Balor on Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:23 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:Better than developing a simple... Wink

I must be tired. That took me WAY too long to figure out. Sleep

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Post by starktheground on Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:25 pm

apparently unable to finish my sentences. Rolling Eyes

Nah, I was just saying it will probably have to keep until after Easter. Ah, holidays.

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Post by starktheground on Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:25 pm

Balor wrote:
Tall Tyrion wrote:Better than developing a simple... Wink

I must be tired. That took me WAY too long to figure out. Sleep

I'm not even gonna try.

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Post by Kenwood on Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:48 pm

Balor wrote:
Tall Tyrion wrote:Better than developing a simple... Wink
I must be tired. That took me WAY too long to figure out. Sleep
Dude, me too. It took me so long to figure out what the hell a "simple...Wink" was, that when I did figure it out I was annoyed. Haha.

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