Say no to Black Friday, yes to supporting indie authors

I do not like Black Friday. I hate that it’s crept into Thanksgiving Day. I’ve worked retail, and my father still does. You will not find me in any store this whole weekend.

Instead, I’ll encourage you to purchase ebooks. Let the computers do all the hard work. I’ll even sweeten the deal for RIP: Choices After Death — and some other authors’ books.

As I’ve mentioned before, I originally wrote RIP as a television series. The four novelettes in Choices After Death all first existed as teleplays, and I stil have them on my flash drive.

They’re rougher than what you’ll see in the book. I wrote the scripts around 2010 and 2011, so the ideas have had some time to percolate and my own skills have continued to develop. The pilot is fairly well polished and fared pretty well in a couple of contests, but things start looking messier after that, especially by the fourth episode. Some plot points are different, and not a good different.

Still, I’ll embarrass myself for your entertainment. Download RIP: Choices After Death by the end of Saturday, Nov. 30, and I’ll send you PDFs of all four RIP television scripts, warts included. Just email me at daniel (at) or Facebook message me the confirmation code, and I’ll reply ASAP with your PDFs. (I will not collect your email addresses.)

That’s one option. Here’s another, which also expires at the end of Saturday.

Check out these authors I’ve interviewed. If you order any of their books, ebook or print, even just one, send me the confirmation code and I’ll send you the first RIP novelette, “Touch,” as a PDF, MOBI, or ePub (just let me know your preference, please). (This promotion is all on me. They’re not even aware of it, so please send all complaints and criticisms my way, not their way.)

As for my other series, Earths in Space, there’s really no need to run any new promotion, because one is already in progress. For a limited time, you can get it free at Story Cartel. Leaving a review somewhere will earn you a shot at winning one of three $10 Amazon giftcards.

So how does all this sound? Let’s stay away from Black Friday and instead just support some nice indie authors.

What time is it? Rafflecopter time!

Let’s have an event in which we give something away. A giveaway, if you will.

For a chance at winning one digital copy of RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death, please enter the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ghosts are people, too, but not all ghosts choose to be good people.

Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”

Halloween sale!

In the spirit of commercializing holidays, I’m offering special Halloween deals!

As the weather gets chillier, only books can keep you warm. It’s a proven scientific fact.* Please allow me to assist.

*Facts asserted on the Internet are not necessarily facts.

From now through Halloween, I’m knocking RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death down to one-third of its price. You can download it for only 99 cents at Amazon and Smashwords. (For Smashwords, use coupon code JH33C before checkout.) After Halloween, it’ll return to $2.99. I’m not planning any Kindle Select free days, sorry. $0.99 is as low as it’ll go.

Earths in Space vol. 1: Where Are the Little Green Men? will remain $1.99, but if you download it and let me know, I’ll give you a free PDF, ePub, or Mobi of the first RIP novelette, “Touch,” along with a PDF of the RIP television pilot script that started this whole thing off. So, if you like sci-fi but aren’t sure about those pesky ghosts, here’s a safe way to sample the series.

The Earths in Space links are collected here.

And what the heck. I’ll cut 10 percent off my editing services, too.

Offers end Nov. 1. Happy Halloween!

Help me help the Red Cross

EIS1I feel like doing something nice this weekend. So, let’s help out the American Red Cross.

For each copy of Earths in Space sold 9/27, 9/28, and 9/29/13, I will give my cut to the Red Cross. The e-book costs $1.99, and I usually get $0.70 from each download. This weekend only, I’ll give that $0.70 to the Red Cross, multiplied by the number of copies sold, plus whatever I need to add to round up to the next $5 increment.

There is one flaw in this plan, though. My distributor, Bookbaby, has a two-month delay in reporting sales. But we can get around this. Please send me a FB message, tweet to @DanielSherrier, email to, or comment letting me know about your purchase. That way, I can go ahead and make the donation on Monday. I promise not to collect any email addresses. We’re all on the Honor System here.

I have not been in touch with the Red Cross about this. I simply plan on making an online donation first thing Monday morning.

Am I hoping this will bump up my sales ranking? Of course, but I will also enjoy being able to toss a few bucks to a charitable organization, and I hope you‘ll enjoy Earths in Space. Everyone wins.

The sales links are compiled here. (No retailer is associated with this event. It’s all just me.)

And you can read about the Red Cross here.

Editing discount

Writers need editors. Even the best writers do. If you’re an author, you know this. You probably have a little voice in your head telling you to hire a professional editor to take your manuscript to the next level.

Another voice, however, is probably nagging you about how expensive editing services can run. So here’s a potential solution. For the next week, through Oct. 3, I’m dropping my editing fee down to $5 per 1,000 words. (It’s normally $6 per 1,000 — still relatively low.)

How will you know I’m the right person for the job? Just send me the first five pages, and I’ll edit them for free. You’ll see firsthand how I work. Even if your project isn’t quite ready for editing, I can do those five pages now and lock you in at the discounted rate.

As an indie author myself, I have a vested interest in helping improve the quality of all books, indie and traditional, so I’m already rooting for your book to be the best it can be. The book market isn’t a zero-sum game. The more good books that exist, the more books people will buy. And if more “unknown” authors are producing books of exceptional quality, then the probability of discovery increases for more “unknown” authors.

I want to help you.

You can read more about my editing services here.

Any questions? Please contact me at or my Facebook page.

More free days!

RIP: Touch will have two more free days Sept. 13 and 14. That’s this Friday and Saturday. So, if you missed it the first time, here’s your chance to sample the beginning of the RIP series for the low cost of zero dollars and zero cents.

By the way, RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death is currently in the hands of editor Todd Barselow, which means it’s coming soon. That volume will re-launch “Touch” with three new novelettes and a new short story, so I want you to grab the first novelette for free.

Here’s the Amazon link. If you like it, please leave a review and come back for Choices After Death next month. In the meantime, you can also download Earths in Space for a mere $1.99…not free (and it’s not going to be free, sorry), but it’s pretty close.

Thanks for your support.

Want to win some prizes?

Platinum Book Reviews is sponsoring a weekend-long Facebook event Aug.17 and 18, so log on to your FB account and join the Multi-Author Release Extravaganza!

There will be a bunch of contests and a bunch of prizes provided by the participating authors. It’s an opportunity to learn about new books released in the past year, and many of the authors will be on-hand during their respective events to say a digital hello. Lots of different genres will be represented.

I’m one of those participating authors. My timeslot starts at 2:30 p.m. CST on Saturday (or 3:30 p.m. in my native EST). I’m giving away copies of Earths in Space to a pair of lucky winners. I’ll be there to chat.

Come join the fun!

Limited-time editing discount

By the way, I also do manuscript editing, and I’m having a “Welcome, August” sale! (Note that the comma indicates I am welcoming August. Without the comma, “welcome” would be an adjective modifying August.)

I usually charge $6 per 1,000 words, but for the first seven days of August, I’m knocking off 10 percent, bringing it down to $5.40 per 1,000 words. Editing a full 100,000-word novel would then cost only $540, which is a price with many bargain-like qualities. As usual, I’ll edit the first five pages for free so you can see how I work.

All you have to do is contact me by Aug. 7. If your book isn’t quite ready, that’s fine. I’ll hold the price.

You can reach me at

(Sorry, but I don’t do erotica, nor would you want me to.)

Free days ahead!

Sorry for the absence of posting this week. I’ve been busy preparing content for next week’s Blogger Book Fair, in which I’ll make appearances and C.J. Brightley’s and Margaret Taylor’s websites, and those two authors will stop by here for interviews on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

In the meantime, indulge in some free RIP. Yes, RIP: Touch is now a member of the KDP Select program, and its first free days will run July 18-20. So please treat yourself to a free novelette, and then come back for its re-release as part of RIP vol. 1: Choices later this year. (Or if you want to buy “Touch,” that’s great, too, and it will help with production costs of the four-novelette volume.)

And one last thing: Tomorrow — Thursday, July 18, 3 p.m. EST — the fine folks at Bublish will interview me in a Twitter chat, so be sure to follow @DanielSherrier and @BublishMe. Fun will ensue.


Time for a spontaneous giveaway contest! Your creativity will earn you a chance to win a copy of EIS1Earths in Space vol. 1: Where Are the Little Green Men?

All you have to do is invent the name of an alien planet and leave it in the comments, and I’ll draw a winner at random at noon EST tomorrow (June 25).

Let’s compile a long list of wacky planet names. None of these will appear in Earths in Space, since all the other planets happen to be named Earth, but it’ll be a fun creative exercise, won’t it? And one of you will come away with a free e-book of Earths in Space as an ePub, Mobi, or PDF — your choice!

Quickly now! To the comments!