Help make GHOSTS OF FLORENCE PASS free and win a $15 Amazon gift card!

Update–1/30/14: Ghosts of Florence Pass is now free on Amazon.com, so the promotion detailed below is closed. But feel free to read on if you’re so inclined…

Hello again and Happy New Year!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, and I’ve resolved to change that this year. I’m supposed to be a writer, after all.

I’ve recently published a new ebook titled Ghosts of Florence Pass, a short story that had been rattling around in my head for some time. I’ll talk about the inspiration for and the writing of Ghosts in a future post, but today I wanted to ask a favor. I know, I know. I disappear for months and then the first thing I do when I come back is ask for a favor. I can already hear murmurs of “You’ve got some balls, Anderson.”

I’d argue if I could.

So, in an effort to make amends, I’m doing two things. First, you can download and read Ghosts for free almost everywhere ebooks are sold and in every conceivable format. That includes a PDF file you can download from this site or from my author page at Goodreads. Ghosts will be free forever, so don’t worry about missing a ‘limited time offer’ or a ‘promotional period ending soon.’ It’s a fairly quick read, and I’m modestly proud (is that even a thing?) of how it turned out.

OK, now for the favor. Notice I said Ghosts is free almost everywhere. It’s still priced at 99 cents on Amazon.com, the granddaddy of all booksellers. This is the lowest price Amazon will let an author charge for his or her work, but in the spirit of free market competition, it will match its competitors’ prices of any product they sell. (although there’s no guarantee of this, I guess)

On every Amazon product page there’s a link that says “tell us about a lower price.” You need to scroll down the page a little bit to find it, and when you click it, Amazon asks you for a link to the lower priced item and the price. I’ve been doing this for a couple of months in hopes of getting Amazon to price match, but the key to this working (so I’ve heard) is a lot of different people alerting them to the lower price.

You see where I’m going with this?

On the bottom of my book page for Ghosts are links to all the retailers’ pages where it’s available for free. If you would be so kind as to tell Amazon about the free price (enter $0.00) on Amazon’s form) at one or two of these retailers, I would be incredibly grateful. Not surprisingly, the larger retailers (Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo) carry more weight when Amazon’s algorithms consider price matching, so those are the ones I’ve been focusing on.

So, earlier I mentioned there were two things I was doing to make up for my lack of correspondence these last few months. For this, and to thank everyone who helps me make Ghosts ‘permafree,’ (as they say in the ebook world) I’m offering a chance for two people to win either a $15 Amazon.com gift card or a signed paperback copy of The Ascent of PJ Marshall.

From now until Ghosts is free on Amazon or March 1st, 2014, (whichever comes first) let me know you’ve alerted Amazon using the contact form below or by dropping me a note. (email, tweet, comment on this site) I’ll put your name on the list, and when the entry period ends, I’ll pick two winning names at random. I’ll contact you for your mailing address at that time and ship out the goods.  If you live outside the US and Canada, prize will be in the form of an electronic Amazon gift card.

That’s all for now, so thank you in advance for your help and thank you for reading! I’ll talk to you soon.

I promise.

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