You’ll all have to forgive me, but the other day was Bill Paying Day, which means stress overload in the manners of money, which means I’m throwing a promotional post at you. After giving it a long and hard thought on how best to approach marketing, sometimes I think honesty is the best policy, and, let’s face it. A lot of us write because we love it, but some of us (myself included) are actually deluded enough to think they can make a wee bit of money off of this gig, and thus, a post like this is a necessary evil. Besides, I’ve got quite a few new followers who haven’t been subjected to this (though I’m 99.8% sure some of those followers are bots), so there’s some untapped market out there. I’m here today to give you the top 5 Reasons why you should by my book, Bowlful of Bunnies, if you haven’t already.
5. You’ll be supporting an independent artist achieving her dreams. This one’s the really cheesy gee-whiz reason, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I turned thirty this year, maybe it was just that I finally realized how much my job was demanding of me, but I quit that job so I could focus on writing full time, which is absolutely terrifying to someone who has been working since she was seventeen, and thus receiving an income for that whole time, too. Granted, I’ve saved up enough to give me the freedom to be able to pursue writing full-time, but it’s still nerve-wracking. No, the sale of one book isn’t going to get me out of my student loans or pay my rent, but every little bit helps. If that’s not money well spent, I don’t know what is (and, seriously, I might not know what is money well spent, I’m from the Britta Perry school of finance: “I’m just really bad with my money, and that’s why I never have any.”)
4. Be there at the start of a great career. It might be overly optimistic of me, but, one day, I’m going to be big, Or at least marginally notable. Getting in on it now with my first book will give you that privilege of being able to say, “Oh, L.S. Engler? I’ve been reading her for years, ever since she was just a wee little indie author with but one title to her name…”
3. The variety. While most of my work tends to be heavily inspired by fantasy and magical realism (and there’s no shortage of that in this collection), there’s also historical fiction, science fiction, and some contemporary work as well. Some of the stories are light and fun, some of them are dark and intense. There’s some that I’ve been told kids love, some young adult level ones, and some that are definitely for adults. There’s something for everyone, and for any mood.
2. It’s cheap. Seriously, only 99 cents for the Kindle version? Less than 6 bucks for the paperback? That’s about as much as a latte, my friends, and a lot less fattening. 17 stories, 216 pages. That’s an incredible deal, and I did it that way because you’re trying something new and it’s my small way of thanking my readers for giving me a chance.
1. Because it’s good. It can’t possibly be a coincidence that my first two reviews on Amazon both called Bowlful of Bunnies delightful, and then the third review (yes, I only have three so far, but all of them are entirely unsolicited) remarked on how incredibly surprising he found it. I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, and I’ll gladly admit that not all the stories are strong, but some of them are pretty damn incredible, if I do say so myself. I know writing, I understand writing, and I’ve put some of my best techniques to use in these pages. You owe it to yourself to discover these words and enjoy them as they should be enjoyed.
So, what are you waiting for?