An illustrative summary of summer in Delhi, the monsoon season. Almost makes me homesick for Scotland, except you don’t get the same variety of rain in India. It’s all big, heavy drops, falling straight down, and the strength of the storm is all a question of quantity. Back in Glasgow, there was downwards rain, sideways rain, rain that was so fine you could drown in it by breathing too deeply, rain that could strip the flesh from your face, rain that… well, you get the idea. Still, wet is wet, however close you are to the equator.
So. Erm. Buy my book.
Terrible non-sequitor, I know, but sometimes subtlety just doesn’t do it.
‘Buy my book’ may become something of a recurring theme here, but hey, my gaff my rules. If you actually have already ordered and are waiting for a copy of Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow, feel free to stand down, but for the rest of you…
I know what it’s like. As a voracious reader as well as a writer, my worldwide web, the places that I hang out, is defined by people trying to sell me their books. The cry of ‘buy my book’ is so frequent that it’s almost become invisible. At one end of the scale you have Stephen King or Neil Gaiman posting about their latest works. At the other, a million self-published novelists try to draw your attention to their efforts. I’m somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, where it’s really easy to get lost in the mix. I’ve yet to see an author’s attempt to generate a sale that I thought was a sure-fire success, and so have no strategy to make Nymphs a success. I wrote a book, and tried to make it a good one. So far, some people seem to agree that I got it right, which is nice. All I need to do now is somehow convince other people to find out for themselves. That’s you.
The interweb is full of people who want you to buy their book, and very occasionally, you might decide to take a chance and do so. I think, just for once, you should make today my turn. Go to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or whichever Amazon is closest to you, and buy yourself a copy of Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow. It’s about eight dollars in the US, and just over a fiver in the UK. Choose the free shipping option (hey, what’s a few extra days wait – at least it’ll be en route). It’s Amazon, so nobody’s going to take your cash before the book’s ready to ship. Go and do it now.
See those sales ranks on the Amazon pages? See if you can make the number smaller.
Of course, I haven’t even told you about the free surprise at the back of the book yet, a whole chapter of…
Nah, we’ll come to that tomorrow. If I’m going to give away a whole new novel to anybody who wants it, I should really give such a thing its own blog post. Oh. Have I said too much?
For now, go and buy my book. Tomorrow, we’ll do freebies.