'Tis the season. Yes, it's that time o' year. Fa la la, I once again have a one-week holiday promotion sale of my book, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge. Through Saturday, the Kindle ebook edition is now just a whopping 99-cents.
I'll note, as well, that last year it hit #1 on Kindle's Best Seller List for Humor/Parody. Not quite the NY Times Best Seller List, but I'll take it.
As you might imagine, this is the time of year when the book sells. Hence, promoting it now. Bizarrely, I do actually get a few sales during the year, which always stuns me, but who am I to quibble. Maybe it's people who like to do their holiday shopping early. Or those who live their life with the holiday spirit in their heart the whole year round. Or maybe they're from Australia and live their life upside-down. Or who knows why?? God bless them, everyone.
The story continues Dickens' tale as the ghost of Scrooge returns to visit his former clerk Bob Cratchit, who has inherited the counting house from his employer, and mixed into the adventure are a couple dozen characters from other Dickens novels, like Oliver Twist (who doesn't feel he's being paid enough in his job and is chosen by his fellow-clerks to ask for a raise), Mr. Pickwick, Miss Havisham, Little Nell, Fagin, Mr. McCawber, and many others.
By the way, the book is also available in paperback, for a very reasonable $6.95. I actually prefer the paperback -- not for the price (honest) -- but because the book is full of humorous footnotes that tell a secondary tale if you're paying attention, and I think footnotes work better in a paperback than ebook. (They work fine in the ebook edition, using hyperlinks, I just personally prefer them there right on the page, rather than as endnotes and jumping back-and-forth. Chacun a son gout, as the British say..)
I'll mention one other thing. I don't pass the hat for this website, so if anyone feels that buying a 99-cent ebook is a fine way to leave a tip, I won't quibble. Even if you've already bought the book for yourself, you can give it as a gift to a friend or needy urchin. Or just have a second copy because it's 99-cents and a nice thing to do! You can even just delete the downloaded file if you don't want it hanging around. Hey, it's 99-cents, that's the point. I say all this because you have no idea how just a handful of sales can make a Kindle ebook skyrocket on one of these Amazon sub-genre best-seller lists (like humor/parody) -- and that raises its visibility, which in turn increases sales. So, a simple 99-cent purchase has far more impact than most people think.
Just by way of perspective -- when I got up this morning and got around to checking, the book was ranked #192 for ebook Humor/Parody. Two hours later, after the promotion started, it's now #42..!!
(UPDATE: four hours later, it's up to #30.)
Okay, enough of that. Get the book or not, your choice. Have a good holiday season regardless. End of tidbits for now.
I'm guessing this may not be the first time I mention this...
If you do choose to get a copy, you get find it here.
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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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