Being number 1

It helps a little if the Kindle Amazon ranking put your books and stories nice and  high.

Right now it seems that LEFT BEHIND is at 27 in the free Kindle stories and at Number 1 in fantasy .

This helps to get the author and my work noticed (as it gets listed) so, if you like my writing, please go and get your free copy from Amazon. It’d be useful to stay up there as long as possible!

Thanks 🙂

Dave

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What universe do you want a story written in?

I am thinking about writing short stories, and maybe even books in my various story-universes.

To let me know what I should be working on, which universes you might be interested in, please complete the survey we have created.

It’s a text survey, you can write whatever you would like me to write about.

This is the first in the surveys – this will help me decide which universes I will write in.

The existing universes I am suggesting are

  • The Forlorn
  • Rats Bats and Vats Universe
  • Pyramid Scheme Universe
  •  A Mankind Witch universe (as part of the Heirs Universe)
  • The Karres universe- (this would be MINOR characters, not Pausert, Goth, the Leewit)
  • Slow Train to Arcturus Universe
  • Dragon’s Ring

I will add to these possibilities from any shorts I have done, barring ‘Red Fiddler’.

It’s a one answer survey, so think of the universes I’ve written in and choose which one you want.  One universe only.

 

Take the survey now and get me started.

 

 

 

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So where to from here

As an author it’s sometimes hard to even guess what readers want.

Publishers have spent the last dunameny years distancing us from the readers.  Readers at most saw themselves as patrons of individual bookstores, keeping them afloat, and engaging in behavior which saw them (with smaller bookstores before the megastore, and after) feeling they had some degree of ownership in Fred’s SF Bookshop.

And Fred in turn engaged with them, responded by ordering books they wanted, giving them individual attention, treating them as if they mattered (which they did). For this he got their business, their loyalty and probably a bit more money than the soulless megastore.

Authors, on the other hand were told that, well, they were lucky to have such a patron of the arts as legacy publishing, because unless they were bestsellers, they lost money publishing them. Various very large sums were trotted out as to how much it cost these benevolent patrons, and authors were encouraged not to look at cover price and do the math, and the numbers were kept as opaque as possible.

Well, I believe writers need to engage the reader as a patron. Yes, get readers involved, get them to tell me what they actually want to read, instead of figures I can’t trust, because the distribution has more to do with sales than popularity, and the distribution on some books has been… well, not good, to put it mildly.

So: I will become Dave the writer and Fred the bookstore. I’m putting up polls. Any of the Universes I’ve worked in, readers can vote:

  • Shorts, if I get more than 200 votes, I’ll go to kickstarter and we’ll do a 2 dollar short of at least 5000 words.
  • Make it 1500 votes, and I’ll write a novel.

I’m also going to be putting up various proposals for readers to look at – the piece I send to publishers, some sample chapters. I think I have about 10 out there that various publishers have sat on, sometimes for years, without a yes or a no.  I’ll see which if any  seeing get the votes to go to Kickstarter for stage 2. Those who put up the initial funding – probably $5 a book, will get it directly from me, and the final book, at a raised price, later, can go to Amazon et al.

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Interview and book giveaway

Here With Rowena Cory Daniells

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Left Behind – A free short story

Left BehindIt’s a short short and an odd one.

But right now Naked Reader is offering Left Behind –  one of my shorts free.

Also for other tasters you could try the Baen Free Library. The Forlorn which has reverted to me, is there.

cheers, have a coconut.

Dave

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A big change

Dave Freer is having a face lift.  Well Dave isn’t, but the website is.  I can’t quite imagine Dave having a facelift :O.

We are working on changes to how this website will look and hope you will enjoy the new DaveFreer.com.

Whilst you wait for the updates, don’t miss out on Dave, keep in touch by checking out Flinders Family Freer and the other blogs he posts on.  Just follow the links.

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