Daily Archives: February 29, 2012

SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME – a perfect combination of hockey, vampires and canlit!

HAPPY LEAP YEAR! – My novellette of hockey and vampires and canlit, SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME, is available today on Amazon for free. You will not need to sell your blood to pick this one up. You will not need to sell your soul, either. Heck, you won’t even need to sell your feet.

 It’s free, I tell you. Free, free, free.

And you can order it here in Kindle format. http://www.amazon.com/Sudden-Death-Overtime-ebook/dp/B0077ZR2TS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330511450&sr=1-7

Don’t have a Kindle e-reader device? No problem. You can read it directly on your very own home computer simply by downloading the KINDLE FOR PC APP. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

But only if you take advantage of this time limited offer.

Do not sit upon your hands and wonder to yourself, “Just how does this lunatic of a Nova Scotian manage to combine the simple hockey madness of Paul Newman’s SLAPSHOT with the nonstop bloodbath wonder of Steve Niles 30 DAYS OF NIGHT?”

Do not even stop and wonder how I could manage to blend the didn’t-I-eat-that-an-hour-ago resonnance of Bill Murray’s GROUNDHOG DAY with the thud-blundering-fist-antics of Michael Dowse’s GOON in my bonus time-travel-hockey tale, “Time Out”.

Don’t believe what I am telling you?

Then go and see what the folks at FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND are saying about SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME.  http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2012/02/10/book-review-sudden-death-overtime-by-steve-vernon/

Go and see what THE GINGER NUTS OF HORROR said. http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2012/02/sudden-death-overtime-by-steve-vernon.html

(and, as my sainted Aunt Winifred Mctavish used to say “Well, if you can’t trust ginger nuts, than nothing in this life is safe, is it?”

The digital incarnations of this novellette e-book are waiting upon the virtual bench for you to hit that BUY NOW WITH 1-CLICK button and free their unholy presence upon the cybernetic word.

Free them. Free them now.

Do it now, I beg you, before it is too late.

Let’s play some mother-pucking hockey!!!

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

My E-Book Experiment – Part 3…

Well, it has taken a while to get back to this topic and I apologize for the wait. I have been preoccupied with the bus strike and a copy edit of my next collection from Nimbus.

The release of BAD VALENTINES as a freebie during Feb 14-16 was fairly interesting. Number wise it was not exactly the wildest of freebie launches. We moved 509 free copies in three days – which isn’t much. We had been counting on a few more announcements and listings on several FREE KINDLE sites that did not work out for us.

I believe that partly the reason for the lack of publicity was the abundance of far larger and more prestigious e-books on that very same date. An awful lot of people had the same idea as I did – that is, too release an e-book with a Valentines Day theme.

A collection can be a very hard sell. I’ve got about a half a dozen e-book short story collections that sell two or three copies a month. I’ve got one e-book novel (DEVIL TREE) – that has sold over twenty copies a month in the last two months running.

Now, neither two or three or even twenty are really much in the way of numbers to write home about – but the difference between the two numbers is very noticable. I’ve decided that it is easier to peddle a novel-length e-book than a short story collection. So I am hoping that my next freebie – a novelette – will do a little better than BAD VALENTINES. And I’m hoping that my next e-book release – a great big honking full-lengthed novel of scarecrow terror is going to hit the ground with the same sort of momentum as DEVIL TREE.

Or at least that’s the plan.

So, did BAD VALENTINES free period help its sales? I’d say no – so far – although we did just sell an e-copy yesterday. Who knows? Perhaps this is the signal of a landslide of BAD VALENTINES e-book sales???

That’s the thing about business. When a business man looks at a graph with a line going upwards he will tell you that the line represents “an upward trend” that calls for “continued economical optimism” and a “genuine potential for positive momentum” – while the realist will tell you that the line is nothing more than a streak of ink stretched across a piece of glossy graph paper.

Whereas a writer will tell you that the blue line is actually a border between dimensions!

Speaking of blue lines…

AS OF SOMETIME PAST MIDNIGHT TONIGHT my e-book novellette SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME is available as a free Kindle e-book – for the next TWO days!!

SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME is the perfect combination of vampires, hockey and canlit. It is the story of a team of over-the-hill old-timer Labrador shore hockey players who find themselves in a sudden death match-up with a tour bus full of vampires.

And none of those fellas glitter…

Here we go – part two of my great e-book experiment. If you like what you see, download a copy when it’s free.

Yours in Storytelling,

Steve Vernon