At Greyhart Press, we love Twitter. It’s fun, it spreads news at ridiculous speed, and you get to chat with people you would never otherwise meet. @GreyhartPress is now on Twitter and to make this special we’re launching a Twitter deal we call
READ… REVIEW… REPEAT…
READ: one of our stories (including those we’re giving away for free)
REVIEW: the story on Amazon, GoodReads, B&N, or iTunes. Tweet a link to your review (including @GreyhartPress inside your tweet so we can see it)
REPEAT: Follow @GreyhartPress on Twitter. Direct Message (DM) or mention (@) us with the title you want, EPUB or Kindle format, and a contact email address. We’ll email you the story DRM-free.
READ: the new story…
REVIEW: the new story. Tweet about your review…
REPEAT: by asking us to mail you the next story for free…
READ… REVIEW… REPEAT…
Q: Which stories can I review to qualify for this offer?
A: Any of them.
In fact, you can also qualify by reading and reviewing from this list of e-books by Greyhart Press authors but published elsewhere (hint: this list will grow soon as we are about to add new authors)
Fables from the Fountain (an Arthur C Clarke tribute by top genre authors including our Andy West, as well as newbies such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen Baxter), Further Conflicts (featuring Tim C Taylor, as well as current Arthur C Clarke Award winner: Lauren Beukes), Welcome Home, Janissary (a sample story from Further Conflicts)
Q: Hold on? If I start with a free story, does that mean I can read the entire Greyhart Press catalog for free?
A: We’re extending this indefinitely. Once a book has received 100 reviews in total across Amazon, iTunes, B&N and Goodreads, then we will withdraw the offer for that book.
Q: Great. I’m interested but I have a Kindle and some of your stories on the free page aren’t actually free on Amazon. How do I get them onto my Kindle?
A: We’re afraid Amazon will only make books available for free at their discretion, whatever we do as publishers. For a long time, our only free book was Waif and that was only free for US customers, even though the others were available for free on Barnes & Noble, iTunes and elsewhere. If one of our titles is free anywhere, they will be free at a retailer called Smashwords. Once you have your title up at Smashwords, you need to download the Kindle reading format and copy the file to your Kindle device over the USB cable that comes with your Kindle.
You can find all the links to free titles at our free offers page.
You might be able to help out! On the Amazon sales page, under product details, there is a link to tell us about a lower price. If enough people click this link, and give Amazon the web address of our book for free on B&N or iTunes, then Amazon might set their price to zero too.
Q: So what’s to stop me reading all your books and giving them all stinky 1-star reviews?
A: Nothing; certainly not us. For your review we’d like you to write a sentence or two about what you liked and what (if anything) you didn’t like, or didn’t see enough of. It’s not for us to tell you what rating you should give. If you didn’t like our story, we’re sorry but no hard feelings if you give a bad review. Ask for another story and we hope you’ll enjoy the next one more.
Q: Twitter? What’s that?
A: Come on! Now we know you’re not serious. But you might not have got into Twitter… yet. Now’s your chance!
s we write this post, we’ve only been on Twitter for a few days so we’ve only just learned our tweeps from our Retweets ourselves. Here’s how you use Twitter to qualify for this special offer
1. If you’ve not yet got an account. Go to www.twitter.com and get one for free.
2. To follow us follow this link in you Internet browser and click on the Follow button
3. Here’s an example of a tweet (a message) with a link to your review. This is what we’d like you to send so you spread the message (good or bad) about our stories.
” Just gave 5 stars to ‘Waif’ from @GreyhartPress http://amzn.to/pD1zBo “
Note that the tweet (message) includes @GreyhartPress (all one word – that means we get to see it on our Twitter feed) The link is to a (real) review on Amazon. You find the address by clicking on the ‘permalink’ link next to your review on Amazon. To shorten the address (you will need to do this), either use a shortening service such as http://tiny.cc/ or better still use TweetDeck to sit on top of Twitter as this will shorten URLs automatically
4. If you’ve followed us, we’ll follow back and then you can give us a direct message (that’s a tweet that begins ‘D GreyhartPress’) to ask for your free book. Something like this:
“D GreyhartPress Please send Kindle Meandering Mayhem to email@example.com”
This sends us a direct message (easy for us to spot) asking for the Kindle format version of our title ‘The Meandering Mayhem of Thogron Throatbiter’. Soon as we see that, we’ll mail your book over to you. Happy Reading! If we haven’t followed you yet, you can mention us instead (put @GreyhartPress in your tweet) or email us your request (you can only DM someone who follows you). By the way, we won’t use your email address to put you on a mailing list or any such nonsense. We’ll just use it to mail you your e-book.
Phew! Sounds a lot if it’s all new to you. Once you’ve got the hang of Twitter this will all be second nature, honest!
If you get stuck, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org direct message us (‘DM’ us) on Twitter.