Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How About a Free Book or Twenty?

So I wanted to do something to celebrate the long-awaited (at least by me) re-launch of my newly redesigned website, www.allanleverone.com. Obviously, as a debut novelist, that something would have to involve giving away books; it only makes sense - what the hell else am I going to give away that anyone would want?

But as cool as it would be to give away a copy of my upcoming thriller, FINAL VECTOR, it didn't seem like enough to me. Plus, all authors seem to give away a copy of their new release. Giving away a copy of all of my books would be much better, but of course, all of my books, at this point consist of FINAL VECTOR, which hasn't even been released yet.

I have zero backlist, which sounds a little like the punch line to a dirty joke but in reality means I don't have any previously published books to give away which would sweeten the pot for the lucky winner of my website relaunch contest. What to do?

Then it occurred to me. I'll do something I've never heard of before but which, if I achieve any measure of success, would be totally cool: I am going to give away my futurelist! I fully intend to continue producing thrillers and horror novels until either I croak or succumb to Alzheimers, whichever comes first. One winner of my contest will receive a free copy of every book I ever write, from FINAL VECTOR forward.

Like I said, I've never heard of anyone else doing this, although I'm probably wrong about that. It's hard to imagine I'm such a marketing genius that I've come up with a promotional idea no one has ever thought of before.

In any event, if you like the idea of free books from now until . . . well . . . whenever, all you have to do is go to my website, click on the "Contact" link on the left, and at the bottom of that page, sign up for my email newsletter. Do this before August 31, and you will be eligible to win FINAL VECTOR plus my entire futurelist.

Oh, and by the way, lest you're concerned I will immediately begin filling your inbox with spam, don't worry. My intention at this point is to put out my newsletter twice a year. If things get really hectic, maybe I would consider upping that to four times a year, but certainly no more than that. So, no worries.

Now I'll grant you, as I'll be 51 when my first novel is released, the odds are you won't win a hundred free books or anything, but I figure I've got a good couple of writing decades in me. What do you have to lose?

2 comments:

Berinn said...

What an awesome, creative (and gutsy) idea. You're brilliant!

Al Leverone said...

Haha, thanks, Berinn, but I have to tell you, I think you need to raise the bar on that whole "brilliant" thing!