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Alright, folks! I’m getting a Kindle around February and I want to help give indie/self-pubbed authors some deserving praise and exposure, so here’s what I’m going to do. I’m setting aside $50 to put toward the purchase of eBooks to read on my new Kindle. If you’re a self-published author and you write fiction, all you have to do is:

  1.  Be following me on Twitter.
  2. Be an indie or self-published author.
  3. Comment on this blog post with the title of your book, genre and a link to your book on Amazon. (This is important, so read carefully: to help my paranoia, DO NOT shorten your URL so that it removes the ‘Amazon’ from your link, or I will not click on it.)
  4. Also post your Twitter username.

That’s it. I will take the first however many eBooks posted (and that qualify: see below)  that equal to $50 and will buy them when I get my Kindle. In addition to purchasing your book, after I have read it and if I like it, I will rate your book on Amazon and on Goodreads and write a short-and-to-the-point review. If I can’t honestly give you at least 4 stars, I will not rate or review at all because I don’t want to give anyone public negative feedback. Keep in mind, it might take me a while to actually get to your rating and review because I’ll have several books to read ahead of yours, but I will purchase your eBook around the same time I purchase the others.

In addition to purchasing, rating and short-reviewing your eBook, I’ll tweet when I’m reading yours along with a link to your eBook on Amazon and a link to your web site/blog. The only things to keep in mind before submitting are the following:

  1. It MUST be fiction
  2. It MUST be either, paranormal, fantasy, young adult, paranormal romance, horror, middle-grade fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, or anything else that you think fits these genres. I also love a good southern story with rich southern characters, or historical novels about society’s struggles and triumphs (e.g. The Color Purple), or a tragic love story (e.g. The Notebook). I’ve never been too interested in strictly romance novels, or crime and mystery, things like that. However, if you think your book has the potential to change my tastes a little, go ahead and post it and I might give it a try. I can’t guarantee it’ll be counted among one of the first chosen, so please take that into account.

I have been trolling Amazon’s eBook phenomenon for months and am really excited about finally jumping on the eBook reader bandwagon myself. Also, I want to help out any way I can with giving great indie and self-pubbed books/authors some publicity. Every little bit helps, right?

Lastly, even if you don’t post the link to your book in time for it to be among the first $50, I still encourage you to post your link for me anyway! I’m always on the lookout for great indie/self-pubbed books and I might end up checking it out later, regardless.


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21 Comments

  1. Hi Jessica, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your website. It is so clean, easy to to read and navigate, and the simply color scheme rocks! You have me rethinking my own. I don’t have a twitter account, so I’m not sure if that disqualifies me from your reading list, but here is the link for my book, anyway. If you get to it, I hope you enjoy it!
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006UKFHHK
    It is called Apocalypstick, and contains two dark short stories, one paranormal horror, and one post-apocalyptic sci-fi.
    I look forward to reading your book!

    • Hey! Good to meet you :-) I’ll definitely read your book as it sounds right up my alley! It’s OK you don’t have a Twitter account, but you should consider getting one – you might like it! Anyway, yes I will read your book, but it might be around March before I can get to it. Are you on Goodreads?

  2. Ok, Jesse, I’ve added your book to my TO READ list on Amazon. :-)

  3. My last comment was directed to Jesse Crockett.

  4. I noticed on Amazon you don’t have much in the way of a blurb or synopsis. Also, most Kindle books allow for a preview of the pages so that potential readers can get a sample before they buy. I would be willing to read your book, but I’ll need something more in the way of a description than what you have supplied before I commit. Let me know when/if you’ve done this and thanks so much for submitting. :-)

  5. http://twitter.com/jessecrockett

    Erika (Installment 1). I’ve tagged it ‘science fiction romance’

    http://amzn.to/rBhsz4

  6. Thanks, Phoenix! I’ll definitely check it out. :-) I’ve added your book to my wishlist.

  7. Thanks, De! I’ve added both books to my new Amazon wishlist – both sound really fun! What I’ll do is see how many other submissions I get and then decide after all is said and done, which one to read (this time around anyway). :-)

  8. A collection of short stories or a novel in 4 parts? It has been called both. It’s fantasy and funny and more than you’ll expect. Take a look at “The Official Private Eye Handbook” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W9BSF6

    Thanks for the opportunity to share. Enjoy.

  9. Hi! I’m an indie author and I have a middle-grade adventure book with spies and magic in it that I just put up today. I’m @writerde (and also @dknippling and @wonderlandpress, but that’s another matter; I think you’re already following all three of me anyway). It’s “The Exotics Book 1: The Floating Menagerie,” and it’s meant for eight year olds but may be amusing enough :) That one’s $.99. I have a $2.99 one up, too, but that seems selfish. It’s a collection of middle-grade short stories ranging from ridiculous bunny violence to a kids’ view of death. If you pick one, let me know which :)

    http://www.amazon.com/Exotics-Book-Floating-Menagerie-ebook/dp/B006MKUM3M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324354614&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Told-Under-Covers-ebook/dp/B005UD23J8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1324354867&sr=1-1

  10. Thanks! I just added your book to my Amazon wishlist and tweeted it TO READ. I look forward to it. :-)

  11. I’m and indie author and I’d love for you to read my novel. It’s called Screwing Up Time (young adult). I’m following you on Twitter, and my Twitter name is CMKellerWrites. Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Screwing-Up-Time-ebook/dp/B005CF7NSK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1310613185&sr=8-2

  12. Hi, Jessica!

    Wow! This is amazing what you are doing to help support indie authors. Like you say, every little bit does help. So here’s the info on my book:

    Twitter: @NatashaSlight

    Book: Guardians of the Grimoire (YA/Fantasy/Adventure)

    Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Grimoire-1-ebook/dp/B005UPH2MY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324299523&sr=8-2

    I wish you Happy Readings in your endeavor to help promote indie authors! Enjoy the book. :)

    ~Natasha

  13. HI CL, thanks for posting your book! Sounds intriguing! And I’m a sucker for anything with gods and deities. I look forward to it. I’ve added your book to my new Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/239HZ6V5N1Z0Q/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o

    And thank you for the compliment on ‘Dirty Eden’! I can’t wait for you to check it out. :-)

  14. Oops. Forgot to add my Twitter name , but I believe you are already following me: @CLStegall

  15. Hi, Jessica! My novel is paranormal (modern) fantasy which some have called YA and some say it is borderline adult.

    The Weight Of Night

    http://www.amazon.com/Weight-Night-Progeny-ebook/dp/B004LB5BNA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1296253409&sr=8-5

    Hope you enjoy! I look forward to reading your “Dirty Eden”! Sounds very interesting.

    Thanks,
    CL

  16. Thanks Chrystalla! I just read your book’s blurb and the first several paragraphs and I admit, already I’m looking forward to reading it in its entirety. :-) I’ve added your book to my new Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/239HZ6V5N1Z0Q/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o

  17. Forgot my Twitter username: Chrystallathoma

  18. My novel is dystopian YA sci-fi. It is called Rex Rising. Here is the link:

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rex-Rising-Eleis-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005GZPOQE

    Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80627

    And I’m going to check out your stories too. :)

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