Since offering a free coupon code for Homefront (featured, at left, in the December issue of Military Spouse Magazine, but by no means meant only for the military spouse), I’ve received a number of emails of request from people who have been given Kindles for Christmas (what a great gift!). Thank you, sincerely, for your interest. With days still left in this free-book offering, I look forward to hearing from more of you. What’s to lose? At the most, you end up with something you may enjoy reading and a glimpse into a different kind of life, and at the least, you have an extra file on your reader or computer. (For a 100%-off coupon code to download Homefront from Smashwords, email me at kjt AT kristentsetsi DOT com.)
Speaking of book files…the ease of e-reading is almost convincing me to save up for a Kindle. Almost. After unwrapping a big, fat book with paper pages for Christmas, I don’t know that I’m quite there, yet. Maybe if I had a job that involved a lot of travel. Maybe then. (But a book develops such beautiful wrinkles and creases in travel…)
In other news, Backword Books has released on Smashwords a collection of author-on-author interviews that attempt to approach their books (and the writing of them) from a perspective that will interest potential readers, rather than from this more common perspective: “The only person who could possibly be interested in this is the writer of the book or some other writer who cares about writerly things.” Some interesting discussions, and you set the price. Here’s the cover:
During this almost-abstention from the internet during a writing/revising period, it only makes sense to post a heartfelt thank you to those who have bought (or found) and read Homefront, Carol’s Aquarium, or anything else I’ve ever written. I’m not one of those writers who would be content to put in the work just to stick the pages in a drawer – I crave, love, and value readers. Dare I say I need them? Yes. Yes! I dare.
So, to you readers, thank you, thank you. I see the Amazon.com rankings for Homefront holding steady, and Carol’s Aquarium seems to have a few readers, too. And while Amazon rankings mean little in the grand scheme of things (numbers change drastically based on sales or clicks or…I don’t even know), where they do mean a lot is in the motivation they offer to someone in the middle of editing many many pages. Rankings may be an elusive thing to figure out in terms of sales, but there’s no question they indicate a readership.
And it’s impossible to not be energized when there’s evidence of reader support given, sometimes inadvertently, through the simple purchase of a book. So, thank you, thank you.
And keep reading. So many good books out there. So many! I’m very much looking forward to my own two-week reading binge after this editing/revising period. I have a HUGE stack of books waiting.
Several authors – including a bunch of Backword Books authors – will be on Book Chatter tomorrow (Friday) night at 9 PM EST to talk about our books, writing, publishing, to answer questions from readers, etc.
There’s no reason to ramble on about things when all you want to do is say thank you.
And I really, really want to say thank you. To anyone and everyone who has bought and/or read Homefront. To those who took the time after reading it to write and post reviews on Amazon or elsewhere. To those who didn’t (there’s no reason anyone should be expected to leave a review). To those who have contacted me after reading Homefront to share their thoughts. To those who have contacted me just to say hi.
I don’t think anything is a “small”‘ thing–individual “things” move together and bond like mercury, making up the larger thing. And, separate or bonded, I really do appreciate them all. So, thank you.
And thank you in particular to Homefront‘s very first reader, Beth.
When Homefront first published, because distribution to online bookstores was going to take a while I made a paypal button and posted it to my website so I could sell a few early copies from home. Within an hour or two of the button becoming active, Beth had ordered the first copy of Homefront. That was two years ago.
Just weeks ago, I saw Beth’s name in a chat room during a discussion at Navy Homefront Talk (I was invited to discuss Homefront with the book club). Two years since she bought her copy, and Beth was there saying nice things about the book she read so long ago.
Here’s what it’s for. (And I’m pulling bits and pieces from the Backword Books site because it’s already been written by Henry Baum, and if it ain’t broke…)
In short, we’re a unique collective that has yet to be done on any large scale, using a medium that is losing stigma and gaining credibility.There has never been a time like this. There’s a perfect storm brewing: publishers less willing to take chances and emerging media making it easier for writers to reach readers…
People read good books. The BACKWORD authors write good books. There are no longer any valid barriers that keep the two groups from finding each other.
Read more about Backword, find out who’s a member, and get something new to read here.