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SLIP DRIVE: Free on Valentine’s Day

SLIP DRIVE is free today! You can either click on the cover to the right, or follow this link here. Have a read. Leave a review. I always enjoy hearing back from people. Good or bad.

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Reviews Are Key: SLIP DRIVE and Amazon KDP

So the results are in for SLIP DRIVE. Like HIROKO’S TALE, I put SLIP DRIVE up on Amazon and enrolled it into the KDP program provided by Amazon. A little recap on Hiroko. On Januray 19th Hiroko went free for five days. In the first day it had 260 downloads. This tapered off, ending at roughly 400 downloads. After that, for the rest of the month, it did not have a single purchase.

Jump to SLIP DRIVE.

I did one thing differently. I gave it only two free days, considering the bulk of the downloads for Hiroko happened on day one. But the rest was the same. Same amount of advertising to get the word out there.

Result? 84 downloads for US and 30 UK.

Why such a drastic difference?

Speculation.

What first jumps out to me is that Hiroko was placed in Art History: Asian. An extremely small category were it was #1 in the free downloads category. It was able to have a very large presence. SLIP DRIVE hit #13 in Science-Fiction: High-Tech. Pretty big difference considering.

But one other aspect concerns me more. Reviews.

I was fortunate to have three people–I knew them, but viewers don’t know that–drop reviews on the story. I honestly believe this made the biggest difference. I often read them before purchasing something myself. A review gives the work an amount of legitimacy. If someone spent the time to review it, it must be good.

SLIP DRIVE still has none. And I don’t expect anyone will give it a review either. Sure, I’ve had people tell me they enjoyed it. Even had people recommend it or tell me they downloaded it. Which I’m glad they did all this and as a writer I’m glad to entertain. But man, do I wish some people would leave reviews as well.

I say all this at the risk of sounding ungrateful, I know. But I want and like to be as transparent as possible with all this.

The Future.

Both stories are still enrolled in the Kindle Select Program until March. So I have to honor the deal and keep both of them on Amazon only. Once that is done however, I have a plan. First, I plan on putting them both on here for free. I’ll keep them up on Amazon as well. This is in case people would like to support me, this can be their contribution.

Second, I’ll also be adding them to Smashwords and the like.  Just to widen the market a bit and see what may go down.

To all those that took the time to download and read SLIP DRIVE. Thank you. I honestly hope you enjoyed it.

And that is what matters, right? Write.

The Faulty Pleasurebot by Lawrence Pearce

The Faulty Pleasurebot by Lawrence Pearce. I wanted to show another example of a writer putting out some free work. “The Faulty Pleasurebot” runs along the lines of Blade Runner. A future earth dominated by flashy electronics and androids.

While I have a hard time reading from an android’s perspective (my logical brain fights with the premise that they can even understand feelings to know how to express them), I found that Lawrence did a remarkable job getting the reader to explore the human condition, through the eyes of C.A.S.S.

I will try and look for more examples and post mini-reviews of them as well.

And Lawrence, thanks for the good read.

SLIP DRIVE: Free today on Amazon

Get your copy of SLIP DRIVE for free today on Amazon, for you Kindle or Kindle App device. If you enjoyed it, or hated it, I encourage you to leave a review on the Amazon page. Let me know what you think. I’m always up for feedback. Good or bad, I can take something away from it.

SLIP DRIVE Released

Slip Drive Cover

We are proud to announce the release of my newest short story, SLIP DRIVE. Get it now for your Kindle, or other devices that can run the Kindle App. Just $0.99!

Teleportation–a dream for all man kind–has become reality. Dr. Kalvin Yearsling stands on the brink of changing the world with his creation–The Slip Drive. A quantum engine, able to move matter across distance in only moments.

Exhaustive testing has yielded positive results. Now, despite his colleagues warnings, Dr. Yearsling calls for human trials. The first subject, himself.

Sometimes, the slightest miscalculation can have devastating results…

It has been a lot of fun to get this one off the ground. It is in the vein of the classic Twilight Zone. When man plays with the laws of nature, he gets burned!

If you get a chance, rate and leave a review on the Amazon page. I’d also love to hear your comments here on the blog. Even if you hated it, let me know. I can only get better, right? Write.

Updated SLIP DRIVE Cover

After having a few more eyes on the cover, here is an update version:

 

Slip Drive Cover

 

This better represents a bit more of what goes on inside the story. And keep your eyes peeled, this one will be announced very soon…

 

 

Cover for SLIP DRIVE

Slip Drive

cover for Slip Drive

 

Teleportation–a dream for all man kind–has become reality. Dr. Kalvin Yearsling stands on the brink of changing the world with his creation–The Slip Drive. A quantum engine, able to move matter across distance in only moments.

Exhaustive testing has yielded positive results. Now, despite his colleagues warnings, Dr. Yearsling calls for human trials. The first subject, himself.

Sometimes, the slightest miscalculation can have devastating results…

Following in the vein of the Twilight Zone, this story goes into the realm of when our best intentions go awry. Some people may think they’re reading another “Fly.” But this story takes the idea to a new place. Keep a look out for it to arrive on Amazon soon.

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