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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Assault on Mt. Amazon

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 30, 2010

"Pick a date and we’ll do an Ebook push," my publisher said. This was my new, young, cutting edge publisher who tells me we’re here to "embrace the technology."

Okay, I’ll play your game. "Er— June 30." Sounded good to me. It was several weeks away— enough time for me to get used to the idea, and it was my daughter’s birthday.

A few days later he told me how to create an event on my Facebook page. I’m an only child, so therefore a knee-jerk obedient. Besides, I can push buttons when people tell me which ones to push. So I did. I heard from friends I hadn’t seen since college days. Some people didn’t wait until June 30, but just bought the book right then. My ratings went from something like 54,000 to 34,000.

A week or so later he told me how to compose an e-mail that told people how to get the free software to red the book on their computer or Blackberry of iPhone or whatever. This is what I sent to my e-mail list:

Dear Family and Friends,

Please forgive a bit of blatant self-promotion, but I really do need your help, and I do have a bargain to offer.

My publisher for my new romantic intrigue THE SHADOW OF REALITY, Book 1, The Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries, has declared

Wednesday, June 30 "Make it to the top day" For the newly released electronic version of this book.

THE SHADOW OF REALITY (originally $9.99) will be on sale for 99¢, and if all my readers will download it to their Kindle, iPhone, PC, or whatever on that day we can make it to the top of the Amazon sales chart.

The attempt is amazing and a bit scary, and I would appreciate your help. And you will get a really fun summer read in return.

Thank you!

 

 

Donna

To order the Kindle edition of the book,

 

http://ning.it/9VUFng

 

Yesterday I sent out a reminder message to my Facebook event list and messages to some of the loops and listserves I belong to.


 

Then I started getting E-mail and Facebook messages. People were actually doing this! My next thought was that, if I’m asking all these people to do this, I should see what it’s like. So I went to Amazon, clicked on the PCsoftware button and I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Just a few clicks and I was actually reading THE SHADOW OF REALITY on my computer. The real thing, not just a manuscript that needed yet more editing.

I meant to check the ratings just before I bought and then immediately after to see if I could figure out how much difference one purchase made, but the downloading software and buying book were all one process, so that didn’t work. I probably couldn’t have figured it out anyway.

At the moment its 9:45 a.m. Here in Boise and my Amazon rating is— I hold my breath as I scroll down the page— #14. My eyes bug out. I blink. Yes. It still says #14!!! I can’t believe this!

Well, stay tuned. It’s hardly midmorning yet. I’ll let you know the final count.

And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all my dear, loyal friends who made this possible!

Well, this is the day. At first light I sent Tweets and a few reminders and checked my rating: 59,935. Oops, that’s lower than before we began all this. Well, then, definitely no place to go but up.

To download the free Kindle software, follow these links:

(Oops, these links didn't copy into the post.  Well— if you're interested, they areon the lower left of the Amazon page for SHADOW OF REALITY the link above takes you to.)

 

 

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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