Second Competition was won by @agent_x and @bastardsheep who both get an ecopy – congratulations and enjoy.
Honestly, i have been trying to promote the book, but a death in the family (not my side) and a flood later, i’ve only managed a bunch of Tweets and a competition, and it’s already been 16 days since i published.
Oh yeah, and i joined Facebook, which i don’t know how to use. I’m Polo Shawcross on there, if you do know how to use it. I am good at friending back.
What i really need are reviews -
i have one, now i have two! They both really liked the book, (i have the gift of making you want to turn the page – woot) and i achieved top rating – you can see reviews on the page the book’s on. Also, it’s not a kids’ book – it has sex and drugs, along with that page-turning adventure.
Humans bioengineered themselves, creating a new race, Dragon, and creating something that – quite accidentally – looked like magic.
Thousands of years later, their descendant Polo Shawcross is about to find out what it means to have a Dragon in the family.
So go see, read 20% free, or i’ll die, and it will be YOUR fault. Wait, have we done guilt already? I was going to make people read The Thing (as it’s affectionately known) by running through a gamut of manipulative emotional techniques.
Damn, i missed a trick with the floods, i could have deliberately made myself homeless and then whined about it online forever after, thereby garnering heaps of attention, probably a house from a well-meaning charity, and getting lots of pity sales. (Pity sales are like pity fucks, but the glow lasts longer.)
So, the floods: we’re alive, hasn’t reached house yet (though ran in a little at the back, with the wind), but the floods stopped a metre from the back door (a yard). We’re not doing too badly, not been declared a disaster area yet, though 30k’s north of us is. (Less than 20 miles.)
Oh wait, i’m supposed to be making a meal of this – not making out like we’re fine. If you don’t buy my book *looks pitiful* my house will fall into the lake! OMG, and it will be your fault!
We may still possibly flood later today/tonight or over the weekend – that will also be your fault, nothing to do with torrential rains, bad storms, and stupid people building houses in flood zones.
Sorry, i don’t think i can manage this emo thing – do i have to cut myself? I am not at all sure i’ll be able to keep a straight face. Maybe i could persuade some professional victim to do it, and film it, pretend it’s me? Sounds plausible.
I reckon it’s much easier to bribe you, so here it is. Buy the book or when i take over the world you will be the first to the wall. Hang on, i do think that may have been a threat, not a bribe. I’m really not good at PR.
However, if you join me in the glorious revolution – yeah, yeah, you only have to buy the book, or at least read the first few pages (you are allowed to decide not to read, we’re a despot, but we’re fair) – then you’ll be sweet.
If all goes according to plan, we’ll all be living in Queensland with our Hello Kitty Kalashnikovs, in our own private enclave. Yes, you may have to occasionally peel grapes, but you’ll be alive. Worth thinking about, eh?
In the meantime, i’ve decided on another competition – because some PR is better than none, or at least i’m assuming.
This competition, I was considering something cool like infiltrating the Vatican, but then i remembered this, and realised there’s no need.
So, for competition number 2… just follow the simple instructions at the top of this post.
I personally don’t like reading on the comp – but i discovered that both Adobe and Amazon do free PC versions of their readers which make it rather pleasant. (Amazon Kindle for Mac is here.) There are also plenty of apps for that, i believe some of those are free, but phones just aren’t my speciality – someone mentioned Stanza for the iPhone as being good (and also free, at least to try).
People are also put off ebooks by the awfully intrusive DRM copy protection – my book is on Smashwords and (like all their books) doesn’t have DRM copy-protection.
This makes their books much easier to download, and you can have them on different devices without problems. Also, if your machine loses its data, you can still get another copy of the version you bought.
I am aiming at a print version – would love to do a limited edition artwork – but until i sell rather a lot of $4.99 ebooks, that’s for later.
Oh dear, i think the lake is rising again. *sighs and looks as if i might cry* Okay, so you’re feeling guilty? Excellent – do have a look at my book.
STOP PRESS – am in the Smashwords Premium Catalogue,
(no, you don’t pay for it, you have to meet certain requirements,
and be read by their staff)
so now *drumroll*….
The Birthday Dragon by Polo Shawcross is now available
at the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.
Even later STOP PRESS… the lake has returned its usual place, at the end of the garden, no longer touching distance from the house. For this, we are rather grateful.
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