You can tell the Kindle has Arrived in Australia when they have demo models sitting at the checkout at Woolies (supermarket). I certainly blinked to see them there. And then, of course, I did what no doubt every self-respecting author does when they see a demo model unprotected:
I could only add the sample, but it gave me a laugh, and it fell in nicely with my Touchstone Promotional Month, just begun today in lead-up to me releasing Caszandra some time in November. This will include a giveaway at Goodreads of the entire trilogy in trade paperback, a limited-run ad, and me hauling out the biggest gun in the self-published author's arsenal, known among Indie circles as "riding the free train".
You can't set the price of self-published books as less than $0.99 on Amazon, so to get it listed free you have to spark Amazon's competitive edge by listing it free on Smashwords (and thus on Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc) until Amazon price matches. Stray went free at US Amazon around 3.00pm yesterday and just under 24 hours later I believe a picture will tell a few thousand words...
Of course, vast numbers of free ebooks are downloaded without being read, but if even five percent of those downloads translate into someone reading the book, it's still more success in a single day than the whole of the 7 months Stray has been out. [And about half of those sales of Lab Rat came in the last few hours - which I guess means there's some astonishingly fast readers out there.] It's all about visibility, about results like this:
Stray will remain free for approximately a month (I say approximately because all this secondary price-matching stuff makes it very difficult to be exact - it hasn't been matched on the UK or German stores, for instance). It will be very rare that I'll ride the free train, so it's a good time for the e-curious to check out Stray! [Pity it's so atypical of the rest of my work, but heck, I might get a few cross-overs.]