I got a copy of my book yesterday. I’m old and I can remember a world where you couldn’t walk around with a hundred books in your pocket, so for me the book wasn’t real until I held it in my hands. But here we are. It’s real. Inside of the cover is a bunch of pages with words on them, just like a real book!
So now you’re wondering where you can go and buy two dozen copies of the thing, right? You can get the Kindle version of The Other Kind of Life, or if you really have it in for trees you can buy the print version, which looks like this:
The print version is currently priced at $20.01. I realize that’s a lot for a paperback. Let me explain.
Currently, Amazon is offering a coupon that will give you $5 off for books over $20. We were going to put the book up for $16, but then Amazon offered this deal. If you order the book as it is now, it should offer you the chance to use coupon code “GIFTBOOK18” and you’ll get it for $15. Except, the discount comes out of Amazon’s share, not mine. Essentially, I make more and Amazon makes less, while you supposedly pay less. I tried it when ordering the copy you see above, and it worked as expected.
I’m a little nervous about this. Maybe some people will see that $20 price tag and keep scrolling because you have to click through to see the coupon. Maybe the coupon isn’t available in all regions. Obviously if you’re planning on buying more than one copy then this does you more harm than good.
I don’t know. It seemed silly to leave money on the table, particularly when that money is Amazon’s and not yours. I figure it won’t hurt to have the book like this for a week. The coupon thing runs out on the 21st of this month, at which point we’ll drop the price.
So now I anticipate you’ll have some questions:
How can I get a signed copy?
I really wanted to offer a way to order a book from me that I could sign or personalize, but I know we just don’t have time to do that right now. Heather is juggling 3 jobs, while I’m doing the blog, the stuff at the Escapist, and my end-of-year posts. You can’t half-ass something like this and I don’t want to commit to it if we can’t deliver in a timely manner.
Which version of the book makes you more money?
I think the print version makes us more money at the moment. But rather than worrying about which one makes a dollar more, if you’re really looking to help me out then leaving feedback on the book’s store page and rating the book is the way to go.
Can I get a DRM-free ePub version?
It’s on the to-do list.
What about an audiobook version?
Assuming the book sells reasonably well, I’m hoping to do an audiobook version. I’ve already read it aloud once as part of the proofing process, and it wasn’t that hard. Having said that, if we only sell twelve copies then we won’t waste time on the audio version.
How long is the book? Is it appropriate for children?
The book is 134,837 words long. The print version is 387 pages. It has naughty words like “fuck” in it, so maybe don’t read it to your kids unless that word is already in their vocabulary. There are no sex scenes, but characters do talk about sex, so don’t read it unless you’ve already had The Talk with your parents.
What’s it like? What can you tell me that’s not already on the back cover?
I’ve been calling it “cyberpunk” but a more accurate descriptor would be “tech noir” or “sci-fi noir”. It’s a mystery, but instead of asking whodunnit?, it sort of asks howdunnit, and why?
It takes place in a fictional world, which is cool because worldbuilding is kinda my thing.
BUT WHAT DO THEY EAT?
You actually visit a farm in the story, although the main character doesn’t know anything about farming so we don’t learn what’s being grown.
Some sort of food, I’d imagine.
I’m sure I’ll do more posts on the book in the coming weeks. Thanks for your support. I really hope you like the book.
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