That sale price is still up…


… and will be for one more week.

Why? Because each year John Scalzi graciously invites authors and artists of all sorts to use the comment thread of his blog, Whatever, to promote their own work.   Scalzi’s blog has a lot of readers.  Seriously, a lot.  It’s good of him, and great for his fellow creative artists.

What a guy!

So, Tuesday is the day for promoting non-traditionally published works, and it seemed to me that I could leave that sale price up for one more week, to tempt new readers who might be hearing of me for the first time.

Here’s what I posted:

I’m a bit surprised to find myself among the non-traditionally-published authors — and more surprised by what a great move it’s turned out to be.

When the original publisher of my novels allowed them to go out of print, I did the sensible thing: I got the rights back and republished them myself, as ebooks.

But it turns out that the Steerswoman Series (The Steerswoman, The Outskirter’s Secret, The Lost Steersman, and The Language of Power) is selling much better as ebooks than it ever did as paperbacks, and with a better rate of royalty, as well. I’m starting to wonder if my Day-job days are numbered…

Of course, great reviews helped:

From Hugo and Nebula winner Jo Walton: “If you haven’t read Kirstein’s Steerswoman books I envy you the chance to read them now for the first time…. I think they have a very good claim to be my favorite thing still being written. […] If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.”

Actual physicist Char Orzel (Eureka! and How to Teach Physics to Your Dog) said in Forbes online: “Maybe the best depiction of the process of science I’ve encountered in fiction is the Steerswoman series.”

In Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010, Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo said: “[Kirstein] walks the tightrope between fantasy and science fiction with precision and grace… [her] compassion for even minor characters is evident on every page, and her prose is measured and alluring without being overworked.”

And noted online reviewer James Davis Nicoll: “These books are what SF should aspire to be; it is a shame they are not more widely known.”

Book One, The Steerswoman, is currently sale-priced at $.99, available everywhere ebooks are sold. Here’s the Amazon link.

By sheer luck, I hit the 10th slot in the comments.

Well. Let’s see what happens…


UPDATE:  Before today my sales were hovering between 10 and 20 units sold per day, occasionally dipping much lower (with  one inexplicable bounce way up, on November 17).

As of 1oPM, today’s count is 53  ebooks sold, 41 of which were The Steerswoman.

So, wow.  Thanks John!

9 Responses to “That sale price is still up…”

  • Jim Says:

    I just finally succumbed and bought all four for the Kindle, not to read (I have the actual books for that, and have read them each more than once), but to drop you a small donation towards writing the rest! That and the fact I realise the rest of the books are going to be published this way, so I’d better get used to it…

    • Rosemary Says:

      Jim —

      I appreciate the donation! And while it’s true that the next books will be ebooks first, I do hope to get it all in hard-copy at some point. I love ebooks, but I really love book-books.

  • Laura Says:

    I’m promoting you to all my friends on Facebook and included your books and the sale on a post on Imgur that made it to most viral. People said they started downloading it, so hopefully that will help. I NEED book 5…

    • Rosemary Says:

      Wow, Laura, thanks for the help!

      My sales have been way up the last couple of days, and not all of that is Scalzi — I’m convinced that he Internet version of “word of mouth” is making a big difference. So, thanks!

  • Jamie Says:

    Whenever anyone asks for book recommendations, I tell them about your series. I look forward to a kickstarter or patreon or any other way you come up with to let me give you money!

  • Jasmine Says:

    Hi! I think I might know why you’re books spiked on Nov 17th. Your sale was shared over on Reddit on that same day. You have a lot of fans there! The suggestabook subreddit was how I found your series and I devoured them. I don’t know if it gets tiresome hearing how amazing your books are, but…they’re amazing. I’ve been chasing that ‘quiet, competent, practical heroine in a fantastical world that is actually only a little bit off from ours’ ever since with mixed results.

  • Christopher Tate Says:

    Is there any hope of these ebooks being sold through Google Play Books, not just through Amazon? Personally I’d rather not feed the Bezos juggernaut more than I already do….