Amazon US is offering an outrageously great deal this week on the Kindle version of my book Writing Fiction for Dummies.
From November 15 to 19, 2010, Amazon is offering Writing Fiction For Dummies Kindle edition as a FREE download.
This is a special collaboration between Amazon US and my publisher (John Wiley).
Why are they running this special? Very simple: To create word of mouth publicity for the book. Free Kindle-edition campaigns are a proven way to generate enormous word of mouth for books.
My publisher believes strongly in Writing Fiction for Dummies, and they’re getting behind it in a big way. To my knowledge, this is the very first book in the Dummies line to have a free Kindle-edition campaign. I’m honored and thrilled to be part of that.
Please note that this free Kindle-edition campaign is for Amazon US only. There is no similar campaign running on Amazon UK or Amazon Canada. I wish there were, but there isn’t. As I’m sure you know, free Kindle-edition campaigns are determined by the publisher and Amazon; authors have no control over these decisions. NOTE ADDED: I’m informed by my fans outside the US that the download is NOT free to folks outside the US. I’m sure there’s some reason for this, so I emailed my marketing director to ask what it is. It might be Amazon policy; it might be some legal thing. Grrrrrrr. 🙁
What if you don’t have a Kindle?
Amazon has free software that lets you read Kindle-edition books directly on your Mac or PC. Likewise, there are free Kindle apps that run on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. You can find a link to any of these software products on this Amazon page.
So you don’t have to own a Kindle in order to take advantage of this free offer. You just need Kindle software running on your computer or mobile device.
Also note that if you ever buy a Kindle in the future, you can download to it any Kindle e-books that you bought in the past. So if you think you might ever want to buy a Kindle in the future, now is a good time to get the Writing Fiction for Dummies Kindle edition.
This offer is especially juicy because anyone who owns a copy of Writing Fiction for Dummies is entitled to a 50% discount on my software, Snowflake Pro, which makes it fast, easy, and fun to work through my widely used Snowflake method for designing a novel.
So go for it, Loyal Blog Readers! Grab a free copy of Writing Fiction for Dummies Kindle edition by Friday, November 19, 2010. Then get your 50% discount on Snowflake Pro.
Julie Dollery says
The bittersweet taste of hindsight. I bought this last week, so no freebie for me.
But some free advertising for Randy, I’ve found this book solid, matter-of-fact & thoroughly worthwhile. It’s reinforced some of what I know, but has enough new thought-provoking subject matter to make it a permanent addition to my writing library.
Erin Taylor Young says
Awesome, Randy. Thanks for the heads up.
Wow, talk about unbeatable price for a great book!
Erica Strahon says
Thank you for this offer. I just tweeted about it, hoping to get the word out.
Sam R says
Thanks, Randy. I’ve now got the Kindle version as well as the real thing. Terrific book – terrific deal!
I was posting a link to your site in my online writing group when it occurred to me, should the title be “Writing Fiction for Dummies” or “Writing Fiction, for Dummies”? 😉
Thanks for the opportunity, Randy! And please thank your publisher too. Now I have both a good book to look forward to reading and also the kindle-for-pc software to read it on.
Thank you, thank you. This is so generous.
Grey Drane says
Yeah, these regional restrictions on media are just plain ridiculous in this day and age. I can kinda sorta almost understand it on films and TV shows, but books (and especially ebooks)?!?! Come on dinomedia! Jump into the third millennium already! 🙁
Tami Meyers says
The Kindle App is available for iPhone and iPod Touch so you can now download Fiction Writing For Dummies even if you don’t have a Kindle.
Thank you, Randy. I downloaded the Kindle app and the book to my iPod Touch last night and am very excited. Now I can read F.W.F.D. everywhere!
Sheila Deeth says
Wow! I’ve been putting off buying, saving up, all that good stuff, and now I’ve got it for free. Can’t wait to read, review, tell everyone about it…
Daniel Smith says
Yay! Now I can read it on the go. Thanks!
John Rossman says
Gonna have to wait ’till later in December to pick up the Snowflake Pro, but got the free book on the kindle app I have for my laptops. Good stuff 🙂