I’ve slashed the price on amazon. Slashed it! I’m hoping more sales will bring more to the pot, even if the price is low.
(For the benefit of new visitors here’s what’s going on here:
I’m trying out a new way of selling ebooks. One that I hope will be entertaining for everyone and beneficial to myself and one other lucky person.
That person will be whoever first guesses the main literary source for my story about a man losing his will to live in a depressing fenland town: So Long As You Don’t Get Run Over You’ll Be Fine. Several images and ideas in this short work are taken from an earlier story by a well-known author. The first person to correctly guess which story and author will get a share of my royalties…
I’m going to continue selling So Long As You Don’t Get Run Over You’ll Be Fine onamazon or smashwords for as long as it takes until someone guesses correctly. And if that person is you, I will split the royalties (earned up until the date you guessed) with you. If enough people have already bought the book by that time, you and I will end up rich. Rich! If they haven’t we still might get a few quid. If you’re the first person to buy and comment, that spoils the game. But you can congratulate yourself for being clever, all the same.
To enter, simply buy and read a copy of the story, then come back here and enter your guess in the comments field below this post.
If you have a question, post that too and I’ll endeavour to answer it.
In the meantime, here are the logistics as I see them:
I’ve already emailed myself with the name of the story and the author. I’ve also taken a date stamped image of that email, which I’ve uploaded as a private photo to flickr. When someone correctly guesses, I’ll make the photo public and post a link to it, as proof that I always had that story in mind. And not whichever other stories from which I may also have sub-consciously borrowed.
In terms of splitting the royalties, make sure you include your email address when you comment below. I’ll send the correct guesser an email to get their details for mailing out a cheque. I’ll split the royalties 50/50 down the middle according to the number of copies sold on the date when the correct guess is made.
I know, I know, there’s a certain amount of trust involved here. But I’m pretty sure that when someone does realise which story I’ve used, it will be so crystal clear that they’ll know I shan’t be able to pretend it’s anything else.
The story is by a well-known author, so I’m fairly sure that someone will get it eventually. (Although it is reasonably obscure.)
There can be only one winner – the first person to guess correctly and comment below.
I’ll try to post updates regularly about how many copies have sold, and the best guesses. This will be far more exciting if the book story sells loads of copies. So tell everyone you know to get one!