Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Drummer Boy marches into battle

Hi, just wanted to let you know about my new novel DRUMMER BOY, a supernatural thriller. When three boys hear a whisper in a Blue Ridge Mountain cave, they believe the legend of "The Jangling Hole" is real...and on the eve of a Civil War re-enactment, dark spirits are roused from a long slumber. And one misfit kid is all that stands between the town and a battle that never ends...

We're holding an Internet flash mob between 3-4 pm EST today, encouraging people to click on (or buy) the book at Amazon-- http://www.amazon.com/Drummer-Boy-ebook/dp/B003F77EP4

Because rankings are adjusted hourly, a flurry of activity could push it up the charts, so it's an interesting social experiment, even if you don't want to buy the book. The push is primarily for Kindle ebooks, but it's also available in multiple formats through Smashwords, the iPad, and all the usual outlets (though it's not available for Nook yet). You can also get signed copies (cheaper than Amazon) through the book's page at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com

This novel is based on my experiences as a Civil War re-enactor, though it's very much a modern tale in the vein of The Red Church. In fact, it features Sheriff Littlefield from that book. If you join the flash mob and click on the book, let me know and I will send a short story of your choice: DEAD CATS AND RAIN, a literary story that really happened, or DEAD INK, a zombie story that hasn't happened yet!

Thanks for all your support--we also have some comics out at Haunted Computer. Even if you're not into Drummer Boy, drop me a line and let me know what you're up to, so we can stay connected.


Amanda Hocking said...

I've noticed a similar effect with my book on Amazon (to a much smaller scale) where it abruptly jumps up, but I never thought of purposely manipulating it. I guess I sorta am already, since the spikes usually happen when I'm promoting my books on Twitter or blogs.

I'm working when you're doing the flash mob, so I won't be able to participate then. But I'm really interested to see how this all turns out.

author Scott Nicholson said...

Cool, Amanda, but tweeting it for me or blogging if you get a chance (at any time) will help, and I will be happy to tweet for you if you have an "action." I think this is the new model for indie authors of the future, when there is no corporate budget to sustain advertising--not that anyone but bestsellers really get marketing dollars anyway.

andy Sell said...

Done and done.