I have always been afraid of doing a preorder on one of my books, I guess because I was frightened that I might miss the deadline. But I have been doing some research, and the various eBook publishers don’t seem to punish you too severely for missing a pre-order deadlines. For example, according to IndiesUnlimited.com Amazon is quite forgiving. On their help page Amazon say: If you move up the release date for your eBook, all customers who pre-ordered will receive the content on the earlier release date.
In order to bring visitors to SpiralcatBooks.com, my sci-fi ebook website, I am using an age-old promotional idea that will probably never go out of fashion, free books. Everyone likes free books, and so SpiralcatBooks.com now includes a section where people can download free sci-fi, and other classic genre books. All of these books are already available from Gutenberg for free, of course, so why would somebody come to my site to download them instead?
I remember reading this comic book for the first time, way back in August 1979, and I remember very well how I felt about my purchase. I can almost see the expression on my young face, and I was not a happy camper. The reason I was so unhappy was that this is the issue where Starlord disappeared from the masthead of 2000 AD, for good. I remember the feeling of betrayal I felt when Starlord was officially no more, suddenly replaced in 2000 AD’s affections by the far inferior comic, Tornado.
I am a big fan of sci-fi, a fact anyone reading this blog will be left in no doubt about, but I also like economics. I had not really seen these two interests as being particularly closely related - until today, that is. What happened was that I was browsing io9, something I do pretty much every day, and my attention was caught by a news article reporting that:
I am continuing work on Dark Galaxy 5, Blood Star, but I haven’t written a single word yet. As I mentioned in a previous post, first I’m reading through the preceding four books in the series. I finished Galaxy Dog over a week ago, and I have now just finished reading Iron Dart. Interestingly, I just found out that my books are available on Walmart to buy as eBooks, including Galaxy Dog from Walmart, and Iron Dart at Walmart.
I just got back from the movies, where I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp, which I enjoyed immensely. In March 1979, I read one of my first superhero comic books. It was produced by Marvel UK, who packaged together a bunch of stories into one comic book. The main story in this comic book was The Hulk, riding a wave of popularity on the back of the smash-hit TV show of the same name, but there were other stories inside the comic book, too.
I have been selling my ebooks through sites such as Amazon and Smashwords for some time now, years even, but I have recently been thinking about selling them directly, on my own site. Instead of sending people to Amazon’s site, and risk them being distracted by all the other books that Amazon is going to show them, I can keep them on my site, Spiralcat Books. It took me a while to get my head round how to do this, but I figured the best way was one of the sites that takes care of all the technical stuff for you.