So then we have what they call "social proof." This is evidence from the community around us that something (or someone) doesn't suck. In the particular case of my new e-book, this means Amazon reader reviews. I'm assured of a couple of things:
- Reader reviews sell e-books;
- Every author who has a mother, a partner, and two friends to rub together ought to have at least four positive reviews up there.
I'm terrible at begging (okay, you might not have guessed that), so I'm going instead with bribery:
If you don't like it, you're obviously off the hook. I wouldn't ask anyone to say anything he didn't think. I'll never contact you to ask where the damned review is. Your stated intention is good here.
That's it. Free copy for willingness to post a review. (If you like it.) This is going to be a long game, and I've got to try and build a foundation for some kind of eventual success here. Strong reader reviews will be key. Just write me on for your free e-book.
If you've already bought a copy, thank you very very much indeed and if you're now willing to post a review . . .
Here's a sample of my work for you. Sorry, Mandy.
I can't promise they'll all be you vanquishing an army of Cthulus on the moon. It'll probably be something else. Something worse.
Finally . . .
- A custom-written 2000(-ish)-word short story on any topic you like. And you can be as detailed as you want here. You outline it, I will write it. (Bear in mind this will probably be done in my usual style meaning there will be gunfights, chases, techno-babble, existentialism, and hot chicks on motorcycles. Virtually no matter what your topic.)
- Your own custom-produced music video you give me a few minutes of footage of yourself (or anything you like); and name the song you want it put to; and I will give you something not remotely MTV-worthy, but hopefully pretty damned amusing nonetheless.
To write a review, you have to be registered with Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, and I believe also have bought something from them in like the last six months or so. Here are the direct links to post a review: Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. And to get your free book, and/or to have me Photoshop your head, it's:
Thanks! (And thanks again!