FREE Short Stories - Now Through End Of March
Do you follow me on Tumblr because you think I word good writenings? Are you a fan of my fiction? Have you never heard of me but like to read things?
I’m an independent author who makes her living through a crowdfunded serial story, but I’m trying to break into Amazon’s Kindle market with my short stories. One of the things that helps determine the amount of muscle the website puts behind a story is how many reviews it can attract. Obviously the more popular a story is, the more reviews it will get, so this can be a self-sustaining cycle once you start to catch on.
The problem is getting there. If you have an active Amazon account (meaning, you’ve bought something before), you can help me by reviewing any of my stories. How do you review something you’ve never read? By reading it first. If you’ve got a buck to blow and you’re feeling generous, you can help me out three-fold by just buying any one of the 99 cent short stories listed here and then reviewing it. That gives me a royalty, another sale in the system (which also boosts my profile), and a review.
But hey, the headline up there says “FREE”, right?
From now through the end of March, I’m willing to e-mail review copies of any of my short stories to anyone who pledges to review them. The stories come in the form of a simple HTML document so they open in your browser, no special equipment or app needed. They even have a link to the review page.
Here’s a brief description of the offerings:
- “The Redundant Man Who Was Redundant” was my attempt at writing a story in the mode of classic sci-fi writers like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, or Robert Heinlein, so it’s got a bit of a deliberate retro feel to it.
- “A Matter of Appearances” is my stab at classic pulpy high fantasy like Fritz Leiber, with a bit of a twist.
- “Ghosts of Utah” started out life as a John Constantine fan fic/spec script that grew into an original character that I’ve written a few stories about, though this is the only one that’s finished.
- “To Live Forever” is a non-traditional story in the form of a monologue, from an ancient immortal to a seeker of immortality. It was based on a dream.
- “I Do Not Fight Monsters” is a supernatural horror story about someone who doesn’t fight monsters. Features a non-sparkly vampire, zero percent romance by volume.
And a brand new story, so new it might not even be showing up in my author page yet:
- “Those Who Fail To Learn”, a little meditation on the nature and limitations of time travel viewed through a pop culture lens.
If any of those tickle your fancies, shoot an email to contactme [at] alexandraerin [dot] com with the ones you’d like to read and I’ll reply with the requested item(s). Please put “review” in the subject line to help me process them as they come.
This whole deal operates on the honor system. I’m not imposing any timeline for when the review must appear by or anything like that. Take all the time you need to read. The reviews don’t have to be a certain length (beyond Amazon’s minimum of 20 words) and I’m not holding out for five star reviews. Literally any review is beneficial.
Don’t have an Amazon account?
Well, any exposure is good exposure. The offer is open to anyone who will review them anywhere, including your personal blog or any book review site you do belong to. If you do this, please include a link to the relevant Amazon page if possible.
If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to participate or none of the stories grab your attention, please help me out by passing this along.
This offer is good through the end of March.