You have to do strange things to sell ebooks. One of them, apparently, is give scads of the danged things away. It's counterintuitive, I know. Imagine someone going up to Henry Ford and saying, "It'll tell you how to sell bunches and bunches of Model Ts, Mr. F. Don't charge any money for 'em!" Ford would've had him hauled off and shot for being some kind of crazy pinko agitator. Then he would've had the guy shot again for calling him "Mr. F."
Me, I'm more open-minded. Plenty of people say giveaways can help you sell books, so I'll give it a try. Which is why Cadaver in Chief: A Special Report from the Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse is free on Amazon for the next three days. Go here before Wednesday at midnight and you can download the ebook for 0 dollars and 00 cents!
And you know what else can sell books? Begging. So let my try that, too. Even if something called Cadaver in Chief doesn't sound like your cup of tea and the idea of a journalist investigating the President because he might be a zombie doesn't strike you as funny (you nut!), please think about getting the book. Every download will help it move higher up the Amazon charts. If that happens, more people will see it and download it, which will allow more people to see it and download it, which will allow more people to see it and download it, etc. etc. If the book climbs high enough, people will actually keep downloading it even when it's not free anymore. Or so the theory goes. And if enough people actually buy the book, then that means self-publishing is a viable option for me, and I won't have to keep wondering if I should write that new Holmes on the Range book or not (hint hint).
By the way, if you already bought Cadaver in Chief, you don't have to feel that the gravy train's passing you by. Shoot an e-mail to steve at stevehockensmith dot com, and I'll whip up some kind of e-thank you for you. Maybe it won't help me sell more books, but sometimes a freebie's just the right thing to do....
Oh, and if you're still on the fence -- REVIEWS!
"Cadaver in Chief allows for a welcome time-out from the mind-numbing relentlessness of serious political discourse by examining it with tongue planted firmly in undead cheek. Hockensmith's trademark wry humor is abundant, with both liberals and conservatives spending equal time at the end of his political skewer...Things get jumping right from the start, and a nice mix of humor, action, and a little bit of mystery keeps things rolling along at a great clip." --Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
"...a funny, thrilling, satirical, not-too-gross work of slightly-disturbed genius." --In Search of the Classic Mystery