Do you have Audible? Do you like to listen to audio books? Do you like to get free stuff? Have you thought about trying Audible but haven’t yet? If so, I’m giving away 20 copies of the audio version of my book The Before Now and After Now!
The Before Now and After Then
by Peter Monn
**Elit Book Awards Silver Winner for LGBT Fiction – 2015**
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.
All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you’re interested and that you’re willing to rate it and give a review on Audible! I’ll forward you the code and bingo…it’s all yours! You don’t even have to like it(although I hope you do!!!)
As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came upon a post about the suicide of 17 year old transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. After reading the article, which included her suicide note posted on Tumblr, I went to her Tumblr page and read both of the notes she left and continued to scroll through the many posts and pictures she had reblogged. While there were many pictures indicating desperation, there were also pictures of Asian pop idols and anime. I smiled to myself thinking about this young girl sitting at a computer in her room,sharing pictures she related to and felt spoke of her true self. That smile was instantly shaken as I began crying, almost uncontrollably. Another teenager lost. Another useless death.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear; I am a writer, not a book marketer, publicist or PR agent. I suck at the business angle of selling books and besides that, I’m probably the world’s worst Tweeter, something apparently very important in the world of selling books. That being said, (watch out for horn tooting) I can tell one hell of a story. I like creating characters and weaving them together in ways people wouldn’t expect. I like feeling those characters come alive and live beside me in my world.
When I was a kid, I didn’t like myself very much. I was made fun of by other kids and I never felt like I fit in. Books became my refuge, my safe place, where I could hide and find solace. The characters in books became my friends. To be able to possibly create a character like that today for someone to read and relate to is powerful to me. To me, one positive review is ten times more powerful than 1000 negative reviews because it means I touched someone’s heart.
A few weeks ago, my publisher suggested we run a sale on my book, The Before Now and After Then, for $.99, with a follow-up giveaway with the book being free. Now, I’m a storyteller, yes, but don’t get me wrong, I’d like to make a few bucks from my stories, even if it’s a dollar, so the idea of basically giving the book away terrified me. And then the day of the sale came and tons of people were downloading my book for $.99. I started getting Tweets and emails from fellow writers and people in Greece, France and all over the world telling me how much they loved my book and related to the characters. The book shot to the top of Amazon’s charts, both for Young Adult/Teen and Gay Fiction and held pretty solid at it’s core ranking too. That day alone, I basically made no money, but tons of new readers from around the world were reading my book.
Today was the free Amazon giveaway of my book. I was a little nervous to see what would happen and terrified of the idea of people thinking I was less of a writer for basically giving my book away for free until my publisher contacted me with news that thousands of people were downloading my book. Again, I started getting messages on all of my social networking sites and emails telling me how much they loved my book, asking for a sequel and wondering what I was writing now. At long last I felt like that author who I had always admired, even if it was just for a moment. My book was #2 on Amazon’s Free Book Bestsellers! Pretty amazing.
I hope that are sale strategy works and that people do start talking about my book and get interested in my world and what I’m writing. I hope that it wasn’t all a fluke and bunch of people downloading free copies for nothing, but I don’t think it was. I remember years ago when my husband and I had just started our entertainment website. We were the first ones to blog about Kanye West dissing Taylor Swift at the MTV awards. I remember how we excitedly sat by our computers that night, watching our views grow by the minute. Our final view count for that post is miniscule in comparison to what we get on a daily basis now. Looking back though, it felt more special. It felt innocent and raw and exciting. It felt real.
Today feels real. People are reading my book. And for a simple little guy like me who just always wanted to have a book published, well, that’s a pretty cool thing.
If you read my post yesterday, you know I’m attempting to complete the #30DaysofBookstagrams challenge! The challenge for day #2 is to post a favorite first line, so of course I used the line from my book The Before Now and After Then! Check it out below and buy it! It’s a great end of summer love story with lots of tragedy, Black Jack gum and Starbucks hidden menu drinks!
It seems that I’ve gotten a little bit behind in my book blogging challenge. I wish that I could say that I’ve been busy doing busy people things, but the truth is that I am starting my new book tomorrow and my first book comes out in three weeks, so I gave myself a much needed 2 week vacation of very little reading and writing. Instead, I filled my hours with junk food, reality television and some of the worst films I’ve ever seen, with the exception of The Fault in Our Stars, which I bawled relentlessly while watching. In the interim, I also had a birthday, got married, judged a beauty pageant, celebrated another 4th of July and had blueberry and chocolate pancakes for the first time! It’s been a busy few weeks, but it’s time to get back and catch up on my 30 day book blog challenge!
Several weeks ago, one of my friends on Facebook suggested I write a post about my high school crush. The timing was interesting because at the same time the suggestion was made I was just finishing up the final touches of my first book, The Before Now and After Then, before it went to print. The reason the coincidence was so strange was because the entire idea for my first novel came solely from five minutes I spent with my high school crush, almost exactly twenty-five years ago.