Post-launch excitement

Wow.  It’s been quite a time these last few days.  I’d like to take a breath here.
The New Program launched on 3/29, two weeks ago today.  Due to some technical difficulties it was free everywhere but on Amazon for the first 11 days.  Still, by any measure I had more downloads (and sales) than I’ve ever had in the 11 days after launch.  That was to be expected, free books are free, but still.  Helps the ego.  🙂
Then, on 4/10, Amazon came through with the price match.  I don’t know what I expected, but the download rate blew my mind.  In the first day, The New Program climbed into the top 100 in two different categories, and the top 10,000 overall.  The second day, it hit the top 15 in those categories (90 Minute Mystery, Thriller and Suspense and Espionage Thrillers) and the top 4,000 overall.  As of right now it’s sitting at:
My head has pretty much exploded.  The response is overwhelming, and there aren’t even any reviews yet.
The Volunteer‘s launch is coming at the end of May, just seven weeks from today.  Between then and now I’m having my first ever sale–Beaten is now available under Kindle Unlimited (which makes it free any time if you’re a member) and will be free for the general public for the first five days of May.  After that I’m planning to keep it at a discounted rate (hasn’t been finalized yet) for the balance of May.  Then The Volunteer comes out and I hide in a dark corner for a while while the anxiety washes over me, and we move on to the next thing (The Primer, book 5 is coming down the pipe…I’ve got most of a rough draft already).
If you haven’t read any of my stories, now is probably the best time you could possibly start fiscally speaking.  The New Program is available for free on all major eBook outlets.  Break is available for free on this very website, and Beaten will be free on Amazon 5/1/17-5/5/17.  All three currently available stories in The Primer, free for all, in anticipation of The Volunteer launching at the end of May.  Exciting stuff.
A reader asked me to point out that all three (four, really) stories can be read as independent, stand-alone works of fiction.  So here I am pointing that out: you don’t need to read Break to understand Beaten, you don’t need to read Beaten to get The New Program, and so on through all the other combinations.  You can jump in in whatever order you’d like.  :).
There you have it.  Still working on putting my brain back together from the excitement of the launch.  Catch you next week, and thanks for reading.
-Sam

The New Program launch day!

Here we are: launch day for The New Program.  I’m keeping this one sort of low-key for a few different reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I’m terrified of marketing and I’m taking the easy way out.  Considering that, for my first two book releases, the sum total of my promotions was a couple tweets and posts on Facebook to accompany closing my eyes and hurling ePubs into the ether, we’re going to call this a gradual step up.  The New Program gets blog posts, its own landing page, and more tweets and Facebook posts than the other ones ever did.  We’re moving in the right direction!

It’s a terrifying direction.

There’s also the fact that the book is a novella, not a full-blown novel, and that it’s free.  And that I’m having some minor technical difficulties (it’s apparently not actually free on Amazon just yet).  If you’d like to read a copy, I’d recommend heading over to Smashwords, Barnes and Noble or iTunes for the time being.  I’m sure I’ll be tweeting from the mountaintops when the Amazon link is ready.

If you’re new to The Primer, or my work in general, now is a great time to jump in.  The New Program is free, Break is free for everyone who subscribes to my newsletter, and Beaten will be on extra-special sale next month to celebrate The Volunteer‘s impending release.  They’re a series, but not an episodic one–you can read any of the three (or four, as the case will soon be) without reading the others, and you won’t be lost.  We’re building a world here–the layers interlock, but they don’t depend upon one another.  I can promise plenty of suspense, tension, intrigue, and the occasional burst of violence.

Starting with Book 5–which is so early in development that it doesn’t even have a proposed name, things are going to start to converge.  But that’s a story for another day.  For now, grab yourself a free copy of The New Program and take a look.  If you like it, come one back here.  There’s plenty more.  Thanks for reading.

-Sam

#SnippetSunday: The New Program

Back after a long absence is Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors.  This time we have a very special installment, in honor of my new novella coming out later this week.  Without further ado, on to The New Program


“You’re exaggerating the situation to an absurd degree, Marcia, and I think you know that.  It’s a new form of therapy with a remarkably high success rate.  That’s all it is.  You should be excited about it.  No one is going to come out of it a robot or brainwashed, they’re simply going to come out of it reformed.  Perhaps you’re not….”

“If you say I’m not thinking clearly because I’m pregnant I’m going to walk up to your office and beat you to death with a crib bumper.  Don’t think I won’t do it; I’ve got the ugliest one you’ve ever seen in my trunk.”

He cracks a smile.  So he can’t be that angry.  I’m probably not going to get fired today.

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