I handed over my ebook pricing to a publisher in return for having them perform some sales magic. The magic appears to be working. First they made Senator free on Amazon, which got it near the top of the top of the “sales” list for free political novels. Then they raised the price to $0.99, and now it’s up to $2.99. In the meantime it’s gotten a bunch of great reviews. Here’s a five-star review I liked because, when I started reading it, I had no idea how it could possibly end up being a five-star review:
The beginning of this book put me off. I generally do not care for novels written in the first person, and the first chapters were tedious, another overworked story of the dead mistress whose murder threatens to ruin her high-placed lover. However, once all of the players were identified, I found myself relating to the protagonists and many supporting characters on the same kind of personal level as when I first read Presumed Innocent so many years ago. Bowker creates the flawed hero of the classics, a man driven on the one hand by ambition and on the other,by a sense of honor. Even at the end, the Senator possessed strengths and weaknesses that are not entirely resolved. In other words, he is human. This is not just a fine tuned murder mystery, it is a journey into the very complex issues of guilt and innocence-good and evil. For nearly a quarter century, I was a prosecutor of serious felonies, a position not without personal as well as professional challenges. It was not uncommon for me to sometimes relate to the defendant sitting one chair away at counsel table on a very human level. That did not change the nature of my mission–I was considered a tough prosecutor– but it made me reflect upon the difference between the concept of legal guilt and that of moral evil. This is not a story in which the murderer is arrested, tried and convicted, but its resolution is gratifying. In the past 18 months I have downloaded more than 415 books on my Kindle, and read all but a very few. This is one of the better ones, perhaps when it comes to a political mystery, the very best.
Anyway, Senator is now #22 for political genre fiction on the Kindle store, in between a couple of novels by Vince Flynn–should I know who he is?–and two positions ahead of a volume containing Animal Farm and 1984, with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens. Yoicks! The book is also #2515 on the overall Kindle bestseller list.
So that’s pretty good! On the other hand, my other current ebooks, Summit, Pontiff, and Replica, are still mired in the lower reaches of the Kindle sales list. Maybe it’s time for my ebook publisher to do something about them. You can help, of course. If you’ve read any of them and liked it, please write a review! It doesn’t have to be as detailed as the one I quoted above. Reviews on other sites besides Amazon are also welcome.
Books without any reviews just seem sort of lonely. No one wants to hang with them. They eat lunch by themselves in the cafeteria. They go home and watch infomercials on high-number cable channels. They buy costume jewelry from QVC.
Please consider helping them out. They will be forever grateful.