Thursday, November 29, 2018

"Corcoran Was a Time Traveler" For FREE Starting Next Week...



For those of you waiting for the sequel to my novel, Jesus Was a Time Traveler, I appreciate your patience!

I'm thinking of doing something particularly crazy to help promote and publicize the book:

I'm going to give most of it away for free!

Yep--FREE!

If things go as planned, I'm going to start publishing one chapter per week(ish) on this very blog.

It's going to be open to the public--no tricks, no gimmicks.

And if you're on my email list... you'll get an email every time I release a new chapter.

I'm planning on doing this for about 20-25 of the chapters in the book (there will probably be around 33-35 like in the last one)... and then to get the ending, you'll have to buy the book.

I'm trying this for a few different reasons:

1) It'll make me finish the damned book!


I've already finished 12 chapters of CWATT.


Unfortunately, it's taken me way too long to get that far... I know some of you are thinking "WTF is JWATT lol?!?"

You've forgotten the first book by now!

I'm a very list-and-routine-driven person... so if I have this "deadline" looming over me, it makes it way more likely I'll get a chapter done per week.

Especially now that I have a full-time job and I have to write before work, or on nights and weekends.

This kind of schedule that sets a consistent progress goal for me is exactly what I need.

One foot in front of another... one chapter every week...

Then it's just a matter of time before the whole book is finished!

2) I want to reward my most loyal fans


I know--all 7 or 8 of you out there!

But it's true--whenever someone asks me about the sequel, I feel guilty.

I always could be getting more done on it... but particularly lately life is getting in the way.

So please take this as my way of making amends--and a way for you to get your "fix" before anyone else even knows about this book.

3) I'm trying to build my email list


From my day job, I know the easiest way to build an email list is to give MASSIVE value to people for free just for joining.

Unfortunately, I've decided to make this writer thing work... so my own books and stories will have to do instead!


Seriously though--that's basically the most valuable content I have.

And by releasing it periodically like this, I'm hoping people will join my list to be notified when a new chapter drops.

Notice that I don't have a set day/time of the week when I'm releasing these chapters.

So unless you want to refresh the site a million times a day, the easiest way for you and me both is to just join the damned email list...

4) I'm hoping to build a buzz


I'm really hoping that (if you like the book), you'll tell all of your friends about this little experiment too.

But asking people to buy a book from an author they've never heard about before is a pretty daunting task.

I don't think that's necessarily true money-wise--after all, most folks have a few bucks to spare on a novel.

What they don't necessarily have is time.

If you're going to invest the time in reading something--a book, a series, etc.--you're going to want a return on investment for your troubles. You want:

-Entertainment
-Something that's enjoyable to read, and
-A payoff at the end

I'm happy to give the first two away for free... but to get the third one (the payoff) I think it's fair to ask folks to buy a copy of the book.


This lets anyone who's new to me as a writer try out my stuff before they get too invested in the series.

They can see if they like my irreverent tone, the characters, the jokes, etc.

And then, if they like what they see, they can pay for the ending.

Hopefully as more people start getting into it, they'll share it with more people... and they'll share it with more people... and eventually, I'll have a nice big following for when it's finally done.

That's the hope anyway--it might fail spectacularly!

I may be embarking on a total disaster here.

There's a chance NO ONE will read it...

There's a chance NO ONE will tell anyone else about it...

And there's an even bigger chance that NO ONE will ultimately buy the book...

But hey, at least this is something. At least this is a way to take a shot and finish the book.

Otherwise, it might be 20 years from now and I'll still be talking about "Oh, I made another 500 words progress this week... on chapter 19 now... the grandkids will probably love it... and WHERE IS MY METAMUCIL?!?"

Just kidding. I already take Metamucil.

What You Can Do to Prepare:

Really you only need to do 3 things:

1) Read Jesus Was a Time Traveler if you haven't already.

In case you need the link to Amazon, click here.

And if you've already read it, you might want to re-read it if you've forgotten the ending.

(NOTE: I will be having a Kindle Countdown Deal December 21-28 where you can get JWATT at a steep discount!)

2) Sign Up For My Email List

I'll send out an email each week when a new chapter goes live. As long as you're subscribed, you'll be the first to know about it.

 
3) Click the links in the emails as they come out each week.

And then I only have one more thing to ask of you:


If you like the book... SPREAD THE WORD!

This experiment only works if it helps me get this book out on time and spread it to a wider audience.

So if you have anyone who you think might be interested in trying out my stuff for free... send them this way!

Loan them a copy of JWATT to get them up to speed...

And buckle up--cause no matter what this is gonna be a heck of a ride...

-DJ

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