Saturday, September 20, 2008

The First Free Novel of Fall

One of my favorite dark fantasy/horror/vampire fiction writers, Douglas Clegg, is making his novel Afterlife free to read online at Scribd* for a limited time (or, if you'd rather have it in print like me, you can purchase the deluxe hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance Publications here.)

This is the first time I've ordered books from Cemetery Dance, actually, and I'm impressed. They didn't slut themselves all over me or bug me to buy more stuff like the online chain booksellers do. They didn't offer me a gift card to sign up for their credit card with the sky-rocketing rate, or 40% off Oprah's latest nit-lit-pick, or try to tell me what else I should buy from them by making unsolicited suggestions.

Nope, it was all very simple and clean: click, order, fill out the ship-to-bill-to and pay. That's all, just like in the old days of buying stuff on the internet. Made me tear up a little, to be honest. Thank you, Cemetery Dance.

*Note 9/3/10: Since Scribd.com instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed my free library from their site, and no longer use or recommend using their service. My free reads may be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs; go to my freebies and free reads page for the links. See my post about this scam here.

7 comments:

  1. I'm honored and touched -- thank you for mentioning Afterlife here -- and for getting the hardcover. Cemetery Dance is a great deluxe edition house.

    You are a class act. You introduced me to Scribd.com in this blog -- that's how I know about it. I appreciate everything you've done for writers -- and readers.

    Hope all is good with you. Things are fine here -- the usual madness of writing, but a bit more calm than a year or so ago.

    Best,

    Doug

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  2. Huh. There are plenty of things about Amazon I find objectionable, but the "You might also like" feature ain't one of them. My wife's found a lot of stuff she would never have known about thanks to it.

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  3. Thanks for the tip. I've never read him before. If I like his book he posted I'll read more.

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  4. Thanks for the tip. I found Scribd.com because of this blog and now I've got another new author to try.

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  5. Thanks for the heads up on this.

    I find this is a great way to "test drive" new to me authors. Although I don't like horror I do like dark fantsay and vamps so I'll give it a go.

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  6. Doug wrote: Cemetery Dance is a great deluxe edition house.

    I'm really impressed with them now -- they've only sent me one e-mail to confirm my order, and one to tell me the order shipped. Usually when I order from some new indy or small press they bury me in SPAM (and I even checked the "send me your newsletter" box with CD, so I asked for it.)

    Congratulations on the Afterlife release, Doug, and thanks for making it available for everyone to read on Scribd.

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  7. Joe wrote: There are plenty of things about Amazon I find objectionable, but the "You might also like" feature ain't one of them. My wife's found a lot of stuff she would never have known about thanks to it.

    I have no doubt it can be helpful to some folks. I just find it incredibly annoying to be ordering something and have the bookseller use that as an opportunity to peddle to me whatever they think I should be reading. Besides the fact that they're always shoving authors I don't care for at me, it's intrusive and high-handed. When I want their opinion, I'll subscribe to their newsletter.

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