Yesterday, I blogged that the hardboiled detective novella I wrote with Anthony Neil Smith To the Devil, My Regards is now available on Kindle and Nook for the sassy bargain price of .99 cents. Under no circumstance am I looking to duplicate the incredible e-book sales of authors like J.A. Konrath or Lee Goldberg. But I hate the thought that I've taken the time to write something and it's not available for readers. The Kindle solves that problem. This isn't my first Kindle experience. I also put my collection of linked short stories Three On A Light on Kindle onto Kindle. I don't pimp it too hard because I wrote it a looooong time ago while working on my master's degree, but again, it's available for anyone who is curious at the cheap-ass price of 1.99.
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse and Vampire A Go-Go are also on Kindle, but not at what you'd call a bargain price. However, my most recent novel The Deputy is priced at 4.99. That's cheaper than a mass market paperback!
Yesterday, I downloaded To the Devil, My Regards from Amazon to test the Kindle app on my Droid. I found that I wouldn't mind reading another short novel on my Droid. Especially if I can get something at a bargain price.
SO tell me please what Kindle novels you suggest. You can pimp yourself or suggest an author you discovered. There are a lot of kindle novels out there. I don't want to wade in alone. Tell me your suggestions. I like gritty hardboiled crime, science fiction and fantasy.
It seems like a long, long time ago that Anthony Neil Smith and I decided to write a novella together called To the Devil, My Regards -- our stab at a very pulpy Private Eye story. To me, the title sounds like something Mickey Spillane might have written ... or maybe I'm thinking of Emerson LaSalle. You can see what Neil has to say about it right here.
I confessed to Neil in an earlier e-mail, that I actually remember very little about the story. For me, this is a big nostalgia trip because what I DO remember is how Neil and I sent the computer file back and forth as we co-wrote this crazy thing. We'd try to shock each other or make each other crack up. I think it was an act of friendship as much as it was a writing project. It was fun, and I think that fun shows in the story and the characters. It's gritty, goofy, hardboiled and odd.
So maybe it'll be one of the best things you've ever read on a Kindle or the worst thing since since the last terrible self-published thing you read as an e-book. But for .99 cents, does it really matter? Come on! 99 effing cents for crying out loud. That's worth it just to see what sort of goofy nonsense Smith & Gischler were up to a decade ago. (That's right, the novella has been in a cave with Bin Laden, waiting for the Kindle revolution to come along.)