And now we come to the selling portion of the evening. (Or morning, or whenever you're reading this...)
Just a quick note to let you know that I've put my holiday novella, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge, on sale for a whopping 99-cents in the Kindle ebook edition. The 99-cent sale runs through December 15.
(The paperback sells for $3.99, worth every penny, providing you're willing to part with 399 of them.)
Bizarrely inexpensive though the Kindle edition is, I prefer the paperback but not for the reason you think, that I get more royalties. It's because there are a lot of footnotes throughout the novel, and paperbacks handle footnotes much better than ebooks. The ebook handles them fine -- there are hyperlinks, since they show up as end notes -- but hard copy simply does it better.
(The footnotes relate to one of the conceits of the book. On the surface, the novella is a purported sequel to the Dickens classic that was supposedly just discovered, as the ghost of the late Scrooge comes to visit Cratchit, to whom he left his business and is running it into the ground from too much benevolence, in order to teach him the value of money. And mixed throughout the tale are several dozen other characters from Dickens novels, interacting with one another, from Mr. PIckwick to Oliver Twist to Nicholas Nickleby and many more. The footnotes help identify all the characters but also provide a background to why the book never saw the light of day, from letters between Dickens and his publisher, his draft notes, and "scholarly research.")
By the way, I'm pleased to say that after one day on sale, the book not only opened at #16 in the Humor/Parodies category, but one spot ahead of After the Rabbit, which is book two in the popular Waldo the Rabbit series. And no, I don't know if the series is that popular or what it is. Though apparently if you're writing a book about searching for where someone is, the name 'Waldo' is a good one. (Quick note: my next book in the Christmas Carol series will be The Return of Waldo.)
(Update: since writing the above, the book has jumped to #7. Of course, by the time you read this...oh, who knows? It either went higher or plummeted.)
One additional word of reminder -- if you do plan to buy any gifts this holiday season on Amazon (whether this book or anything) if you could perhaps click that "Buy Now from Amazon.com" button in the upper right corner first before browsing, that would be appreciated. The button will take you directly to Amazon, just the same as any hyperlink would, but by using this button Amazon will know that you got there from this page, and Elisberg Industries will get a small (incredibly small...) commission, I would say that it helps pay for this site -- and without you even having to do anything, other than click -- but the stipend is so small you'd probably have to buy a boat for it to have all that much impact. Though I'm told there is some lovely sea-craft available on Amazon...
And for those of you who do decide to read up on what happened next to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Scrooge, please accept my thanks and the site's in advance. For 99-cents, it's a nice way to say thanks, as well, even if you don't remotely mean it that way.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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