Goal: 10,000 for a free story


Seahorse (image credit: bertarista)

So a few weeks ago I mentioned on social media that I was quite close to hitting 10,000 paid sales this year, which is flippin’ awesome. And if I hit it, I said on impulse, I’d share an unpublished short story with my newsletter readers. (It’s about a seahorse.)

Well, it’s December 26, and we’re probably within 300 sales. (Hard to be exact, because there’s sometimes a delay on reporting.) And the week between Christmas and New Year’s is typically a strong one for books, as everyone has new e-readers and bookstore gift cards.

So I’m excited, and I’m sweetening the deal: If we hit 10,000, I’ll share two unpublished short stories.

What’s eligible? Anything I wrote, with a paid sale. (Smoke and Fears got hundreds of downloads when free for a few days, but those don’t count.) Any platform or retailer, so Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, or hand-sold at a brick-and-mortar bookstore.

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(Amazon affiliate links)

And Amazon MatchBook counts as two sales, because it’s two copies. What’s Amazon MatchBook? Amazon will allow you to buy the ebook for a discounted rate when you purchase the paperback, so you can either have it in both formats or you can buy a gift for friends or family and keep the ebook for yourself. Sweet!

A seahorse.

A seahorse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So if you happen to know a friend or family member with a new gift card burning a hole in Kindle or wallet, give them a little push toward one of mine, if you would? I’d really appreciate it, and the seahorse would, too. :)

Reminder: the short stories, if shared, will go to the newsletter subscribers. If you’re not one yet, you can sign up here — and don’t worry, it’s infrequent and I’ll never share your email with anyone else.

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  1. How close are you now? Haven’t had an update since last week. :)

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