Update: Giveaway Over!

Five lucky winners will get their copies shipped today. Congratulations!

Last Chance For Free Books! [Update: The Contest Has Closed]

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Promotion by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion

by Jacke Wilson

Giveaway ends June 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win
Hello! It’s crunch time, people! Only six hours left in the Goodreads Giveaway for my short novel, The Promotion, the “full of intrigue and deadpan comedy” book that everyone’s talking about. What’s the giveaway? Five lucky readers will be sent a signed paperback copy of the book, FOR FREE.

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Two Days Left! Sign Up For Free Books Now! [Update: The Contest Has Closed]

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Promotion by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion

by Jacke Wilson

Giveaway ends June 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win
Happy Monday! Just a quick reminder that there are only two days left in the Goodreads Giveaway for my short novel, The Promotion, the “full of intrigue and deadpan comedy” book that everyone’s talking about. What’s the giveaway? Five lucky readers will be sent a signed paperback copy of the book, FOR FREE.

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Free Books! Let the Goodreads Giveaway-ing Begin! [Update: The Contest Has Closed]

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Promotion by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion

by Jacke Wilson

Giveaway ends June 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win
Here we go! The folks at Goodreads have approved the application and are now hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for my short novel, The Promotion, the “full of intrigue and deadpan comedy” book that everyone’s talking about. That’s right! Five lucky readers will be sent a signed paperback copy of the book, FOR FREE. What’s the catch? Well, Goodreads encourages you to post a review afterwards, but it’s not a requirement. No catch!

What are you getting? A sleek novel about a hard-luck lawyer asked to direct the recruiting efforts for his firm. As he and his miserable colleagues attempt to reel in some idealistic young law students through lies and misguided bonhomie, his mounting disillusion gives way to an obsession with a mysterious woman, culminating in a quest to discover her true identity – and perhaps to learn something about himself.

How do you sign up? Follow one of these links:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Promotion by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion

by Jacke Wilson

Giveaway ends June 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

I’m excited to see how all this works. You have a week to sign up. I’ll keep the link on the sidebar until then.

Of course, if you’re not a Goodreads member, or if you’d rather not roll the dice in a contest, you can always purchase the books at Amazon.com (Kindle and Paperback both available). It’s less than five bucks, so hopefully it won’t break anyone’s budget. But if you’re a reviewer, I still have review copies available, so let me know and I’ll ship you one for free. Everyone wins!

UPDATE: The Contest Has Closed!

Winners have been notified and will receive their books shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated (over 900 of you)! If you were one of the unfortunate readers who missed out this time around, but you are still interested in receiving a FREE review copy, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. And to all the winners, I hope you enjoy The Promotion! Onward and upward!

Coming Soon: A Goodreads Giveaway!

Readers, big news! I just signed up for a Goodreads Giveaway, which means that FIVE SIGNED COPIES of the paperback version of The Promotion will be given away FOR FREE to Goodreads members who sign up for the contest. That’s right, soon five lucky readers will be given the chance to immerse themselves in 105  pages of misery, obsession, and madness. (“Laugh-out-loud funny,” a reader told me last night. There are a lot of miserables in this world!)

So why post now? Well, I just thought I should give a heads up to all my readers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Free books are on the way! Oh, and of course, the giveaway is open to all my readers in THESE countries too:
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Madame Slushpile Rides Again

This long Salon article by Laura Miller covers the battle at Goodreads between readers and self-published authors. High Priestess Miller once again bemoans the democratization of authorship, which in her view is marked by

average readers, who, now that agents and editors can be bypassed, would be exposed to the horrors of the slush pile for the first time

Mercy! Ah do declare, Miss Laura, what will all those poor lil’ readers do when they encounter that big bad horrible slush pile!?

Oh… that horrible slushpile…

Um, perhaps they might take their lead from a professional book reviewer such as Miller? Seriously, has she no confidence in her and her colleagues’ ability to help readers figure out what’s worth reading? Why does she think she’s writing those reviews? To impress people with how much she’s read? How in the know she is? Who does she think she’s writing for, anyway? Authors? Publishers? (Don’t answer that.) 

Note to Ms. Miller: You help people make choices about which books to read. That is what you do. 

One of her colleagues (who to me sounds “reasonable” and “possessed of common sense” but to Miller is a “techno-utopian”) points out that people will find ways to figure out which books merit their attention, perhaps using bloggers, other experts, or “the crowd” (in forums and sites like Goodreads) in order to help them figure out what to read. Miller’s condescension slowly ascends (“I’m sure he had plenty of company in that hopeful sentiment” she snarks) before reaching its peak:

Gatekeepers of some kind are necessary simply because there are way too many books chasing far too few readers, and people have to choose among them somehow. But it’s unrealistic to expect professional behavior from people who not only aren’t professionals but are not even aspiring to professionalism and have no obligation to accountability. The whole point of a hobby is to do as you please.

Argh, where to begin with this? I am not strong enough. I will retire to my fainting couch and hope that some publishing professional comes along to tell me what to think about it.

(Waiting…)

(Still waiting…)

In fairness to Miller, she seems to recognize that this “Goodreads flame war” is “just one corner of the shifting landscape between authors and readers,” which makes me hold out hope that her coming articles will look at the positives (higher author royalties? a good thing!). Why not look at Joanna Penn or Denise Grover Smith or Kristine Kathryn Rusch or any of the other positive examples of self-published authors finding their readers, to the benefit of all (except perhaps the professional bank accounts of the professional gatekeepers, whose professional services apparently were not professionally needed).

Miller goes on to declare “there could not be a better illustration of that old adage: Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.” Is she referring to a wish that changes in the publishing world will make insufferable snobs harder to hear? Because in that case, let’s hope she’s right.

Self-Publishing Progress Update

Drafts complete: Yes (five)

Extensive revisions complete: Yes (four)

Assessment to move forward: Yes (two) (both novellas)

Website operational: Yes

Beta reader feedback incorporated: Yes (one draft, multiple readers)

Editing complete: Yes (one)

Formatting for Kindle finished: Yes (except for back matter) (one)

Cover design: In progress (one)

Preview on Kindle device: None

Uploaded to Amazon: None

Available for sale: None

Anxiety that I am forgetting something: Fever Pitch