Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Summer of the Novel

JUDGING BY THE EMAIL that I have received lately, a lot of my readers are planning on writing novels of their own this summer. As next Monday is Memorial Day—the unofficial start of the summer season, at least here in the USA—that seems to be the starting gun for finally getting a book down on paper.
   Writing a novel can be a tremendously rewarding experience, both personally and—if it is a great book—financially. And to help nudge your novel toward the "great" side of the gauge, I'd like to offer a little advice.
   I've written a book, The Novel & The Novelist: An Insider's Guide to the Craft, that gives a solid and workable overview to writing and selling a novel. The first five chapters, which concentrate on how to conceive of and write a novel, can be read in a single evening, so if you get the book now, you can read those chapters a couple of times before you dive into your own writing. Other than sitting down next to me in an intensive workshop, I can't think of a better way to prepare you to write your own book.
   Now ... to help you say "yes" to reading the book, I've arranged a special deal with Amazon.
   The Kindle version of The Novel & The Novelist: An Insider's Guide to the Craft regularly sells for $4.99, which is an outstanding value in and of itself.
   But tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (8:00 a.m., Pacific Time), I am dropping the price to just 99 cents). 
   It will stay at that price for just 24 hours. Then the price will increase by $1 to $1.99, and stay there for another 24 hours. The Saturday price will be $2.99, Sunday's will be $3.99, and on Memorial Day, it reverts to its still-a-great-deal price of $4.99.
   In other words, it's a "countdown sale." You'll save money anytime tomorrow through Sunday, but you'll save the most (81%!) if you buy the Kindle version of the book tomorrow. 
   To make this special offer available, I had to promise Amazon that the book will be available throughout this sale in two forms only: print and the Kindle version. It is not yet available for Nook, Kobo or other readers. But if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle reader app for just about any computer, tablet, or smart phone here; the reader download is free.
   So, have a great summer writing your novel. And if you would like to jump-start that effort, The Novel & The Novelist: An Insider's Guide to the Craft is an exceptionally good way to do it.
   Write something great! Tom

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