Colony is now on sale for 63% off, and will be until August 17th! Purchases, reads on Kindle Unlimited, or reviews left all contribute to the final unlock of the sale, which will be a launch price discount for Shadow of an Empire later this year!
The date has been set. The time is near. Starting August 10th and running through August 16th, the penultimate step of the Rolling Sale will go live, and Colony will be 63% off!
Yes, you heard that properly. 63% off. In other words, you’ll be able to pick Colony up for $2.99!
Now, if you’ve been following the rolling sale so far, you know how this works. A title is put on sale and purchases, Kindle Unlimited reads, and reviews all go toward unlocking discounts on the next title in line. The difference here is that Colony is the latest book I’ve released chronologically, right? So what could possibly come next?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Because as it turns out, something can come next. Because I’ve got another book I’m working on getting out either late this year or early next year. ASAP, really. You may have heard of it? Shadow of an Empire? It’s a fantasy western.
And it is the final destination of the Rolling Sale. Except this time, rather than unlocking a sale for an existing book, sales of Colony will unlock a discounted launch and pre-order price for Shadow of an Empire. That’s right, the price the book will be initially offered at, all through the pre-order phase and through the first week of being up for sale. After that, the price will return to the standard launch price.
So yeah, units moved, KU reads, and reviews left on Amazon or Goodreads for Colony during the upcoming week-long sale will provide a discount to the release of Shadow of an Empire. Which, BTW, doesn’t have a release date yet, as it’s still in Alpha. Looking to release this year, however.
So then, just as before, let’s have a look tiers available for Shadow of an Empire to achieve. Fair warning, these are the toughest tiers yet. It’s offset a little by the steep discount of Colony, and a bit to reflect that this is for a title that hasn’t even released yet.
- Tier One: 0 – 10 Units Moved – $7.99 – None
- Tier Two: 11 – 25 Units Moved – $6.99 – 13%
- Tier Three: 26 – 50 Units Moved – $5.99 – 25%
- Tier Four: 51 – 100 Units Moved – $4.99 – 37%
- Tier Five: 101+ Units Moved – $3.99 – 50%
All right, there you have it! The finale of the Rolling Sale has shown it’s hand at last! If you’ve not picked up a copy of Colony yet, then this Thursday is the time to do it!
Wednesday has arrived, and we’re halfway through the week! As well as halfway through the rolling sale for Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection. Currently, it’s unlocked the second sale tier for Colony, meaning it will come at 25% off, but there’s still time for further goals to be met!
Don’t forget, Kindle Unlimited reads and reviews help towards moving that counter up as well. Though with this sort of thing, even sharing news of the sale can help. The further it goes, the deeper the next discount becomes!
It is time! Round 3 of the Rolling Sale has BEGUN!
Which means, if you’ve been following along, that Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection is now 50% off! Huzzah!
Even better, in the tradition of the Rolling Sale, a purchase of Unusual Events this week is tracked on the counter to the left of the page there. As that counter continues to move up, it in turn boosts the sale of the next title in line: Colony! So right now, when Colony‘s turn arrives, it’ll be at a 13% discount. However, once more than three copies of Unusual Events have been sold, that discount climbs to 25%! And so on, upwards through eight tiers. The last of these? Colony becomes free.
So, what are the numbers to reach of each tier? Take a look!
- 0 – 3: Tier 1 – 13% Off
- 4 – 9: Tier 2 – 25% Off
- 10 – 15: Tier 3 – 37% Off
- 16 – 22: Tier 4 – 50% Off
- 23 – 30: Tier 5 – 63% Off
- 31 – 40: Tier 6 – 75% Off
- 41 – 60: Tier 7 – 88% Off
- 61+: Tier 8 – FREE!!!
Now, a quick reminder. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you don’t need to worry about buying a copy to contribute to the Rolling Sale. As before, each read of Unusual Events through Kindle Unlimited will count as a unit moved as well, so there’s a metric for that! Load Unusual Events up and start reading!
Or, if you’ve already read it, you can still contribute to the tiers moving up by leaving a review on Unusual Events‘ Amazon or Goodreads page! Each review will count as five units moved for the rolling sale! So even if you’ve already read it, you can still kick in and help!
Or, you know, you can just share the news about the rolling sale on Facebook, Reddit, or any other site or place you may hang out on online or in real life. The more the word is spread, the higher that number can climb!
You’ve got one week! Good luck! Let’s see that discount climb!
Those of you who are regulars to the site may have noticed the sudden color change that’s swept over everything. That dull red … it can only mean one thing …
That’s right! The Rolling Sale is in round 2! And Dead Silver is now on sale! You can pick up a copy at the 33% discount unlocked by the copies of One Drink that moved last week. Which works out to be $1.99.
Even cooler, each copy bought builds towards a new discount tier for the next book in the sale, Unusual Events! Currently the discount for Unusual Events sits at 17%, but once Dead Silver hits three units moved, that discount climbs to 33%! Eight units? 50% off! It just keeps going! You can check the breakdown on all the tiers here, but there are six of them in total. If Dead Silver unlocks the last one, Unusual Events becomes free!
Now, a quick reminder, while buying a copy of Dead Silver is the easiest way to make that counter on the left climb, you can make it go up in other ways. Especially if you’ve already purchased it. For the record, here are all the ways the counter can climb!
- Buy a copy. That’s one unit moved!
- Read Dead Silver on Kindle Unlimited. All you KU readers can pitch in!
- Leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Each review counts as five units moved!
Of course, you can also share Dead Silver with any you think may enjoy it and point out that it’s on sale! That’s a good way to help unlock those higher tiers!
That’s all! Go! Buy! Review! Share!
The final results are in! One Drink moved 142 units and garnered three new reviews, for a final tally of 172. I’ll admit, it was a lot less than I’d expected, considering it has reached over a thousand copies in a single five-day freebie run several times before. I actually did expect it to quite easily shatter 500 moved, and make Dead Silver free. Market saturation, maybe? I don’t know.
But, I do know the results, and the results are that One Drink’s final tally was enough to knock Dead Silver down by 34%. Which means, starting Monday, July 24th and running through Friday, July 28th, Dead Silver will be marked down from its normal “heroic” price of $2.99 to $1.99! Two bucks for a 450-page mystery novel? Pretty good deal.
Of course, that’s not all. If that was all that was going on with Dead Silver, it would barely warrant a special post. No, that date also marks the beginning of Round 2 of the Rolling Sale! Which means that copies sold and reviews added once again start adding up to massive discounts for the next title in line. Which is—Are you ready for this?—Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection!
Now, the nice thing about this next title (Unusual Events) is that there’s a much wider array of discounts going for it. It is a more costly title, after all (it’s still on “veteran” status in age). That, and the numbers needed to unlock the various sale tiers are much lower than Dead Silver‘s were. Why? Because One Drink was free, but Dead Silver is only at a 33% discount. So the tier numbers have been adjusted to reflect this. Additionally, the value of a review in terms of units moved has been adjusted as well.
So, how many tiers are there, and how many units need to be moved to unlock each deal? Here we go!
Deals Unlocked for Unusual Events Per Units of Dead Silver Moved:
- 0 units moved: Original Price: $5.99
- 1 – 3 units moved: 17% Discount – $4.99
- 4-8 units moved: 33% Discount – $3.99
- 9-15 units moved: 50% Discount – $2.99
- 15- 25 units moved: 66% Discount – $1.99
- 26-50 units moved: 84% Discount – $0.99
- 51+ units moved: 100% Discount – FREE!
Now, the lower number of units moved in this case does necessitate a small change to one other number as well: Reviews will not count as ten units moved with Dead Silver, but five. It’s a necessary change to keep the tiers from being too easy to leapfroged by just a few individuals. The goal of a rolling sale is to get everyone involved!
So, same as before, units of Dead Silver moved will unlock successively higher tiers of deals for Unusual Events. Here’s all the ways you can contribute to that number:
- Buy a copy of Dead Silver during the period of July 24th through July 28th
- Read a copy of Dead Silver via Kindle Unlimited (This counts!)
- Leave a review of Dead Silver on Amazon.com OR Goodreads to add 5 units moved to the total!
Ready? Set! You’ve got until Monday, relax! But then, GO!
Now, two other bits of news here. The first is that the SUBMISSION DEADLINE for The Dragon Awards for excellence in Science-Fiction and Fantasy is July 24th! Which means this weekend is the last chance you’ll have to nominate your picks for the best of Sci-Fi and Fantasy in a wide array of categories for July 2016-2017! You don’t have to nominate something in every category, but there’s bound to be something you’ve read/seen/played with this many categories!
Speaking of which, Colony IS eligible for nomination. And yes, The Dragon Awards are okay with authors outright saying “Vote for/nominate me!” So at my urging, you can totally nominate one of my own books. Do I expect a win? Not very likely. But a nomination would be awesome … and you never know! Colony is a pretty freaking fantastic book according to all the reviews, responses, and the like. So if it got its name out there …
Anyway, it’s your ballot, so fill it out how you’d like. Just, you know, fill it out before the end of the weekend!
Now for one last little note. Both the BOOKS and the WRITING SAMPLES pages accessed by the tabs at the top of the site have been overhauled! Both now contain embed links to Amazon samples of each of my books, meaning you can just click and link and start reading a short sample of each book without the muss and fuss of going to the book’s page on Amazon, clicking the cover, loading the popup … etc. You just click the link, and a new tab opens dedicated to letting you read a free sample in a nice approximation of a kindle layout! Handy! Good on Amazon for this feature; it’s much better!
All right, that’s all the news for today! See you Monday!
Less than 24 hours to go, now! By the end of today, One Drink will no longer be free, and the final tally will taken to carry over to the sale of Dead Silver. Which is currently looking at a 33% discount, thought it’s very close to hitting the 66% discount.
Current numbers? One Drink is at 155/200 copies moved needed to drop Dead Silver down to the next deal. So only 45 free copies away, or 4.5 reviews. And don’t forget, reviews on Amazon or Goodreads count!
It’s totally possible for it to happen. All it needs is a final little push. If any of you have been sitting on the fence about grabbing it, or have already had it, read it, and are considering leaving a review, now is the time! Give it that one last little boost to push Dead Silver over the hump!
Final tallies (along with the unlock tiers for Unusual Events) will go up Saturday. Good luck!