Blog Tour Day 17: King of Paine Featured in Indie Book Blowout!

We’re celebrating Day 17 of the blog tour as one of the featured thrillers in the Indie Book Blowout, 12 Days of Christmas event.  From December 12 – 24, many great indie titles in all genres will be available for 99 cents.

Some of you just cringed, I’m sure of it. You’re thinking there has to be something wrong with a book priced at 99 cents. But the ebook revolution has turned the book world on its head, and open-minded readers can find some amazing values hidden at the 99-cent price point.

Truth be told, the most remarkable characteristic of books priced at 99 cents is their wide disparity in quality and value. For the same dollar, you’ll find individual short stories, novellas, short novels and epics in every genre. A traditional novel ranges from 70,000 to 120,000 words (King of Paine, weighs in at 106,000), but many authors now writing with the e-book market in mind whip out much shorter novels every few months. There’s nothing wrong with that, but value-conscious readers should know whether they’re purchasing 15 hours of entertainment for their buck or just three, an intricately-crafted adventure or a seat-of-the-pants lark.

Editorial quality also varies wildly, and I fear reader frustration with the poorly-edited material flooding the market could cause many excellent books to get overlooked. Bad books are available at every price point, however, and an astute reader who understands why an author would price a great book at such a low price can find ways to mine for these buried treasures.

Two reasons drove me to the decision to price King of Paine at 99 cents for a limited time despite my belief that it’s of comparable quality to the work of today’s popular suspense authors.

First, competition among unproven authors is fierce, and other outstanding writers vying for your attention are introducing their books at this price point. Even the most obsessive readers could not sample all new novels in their genres of choice, never mind keep up with their favorite branded authors. The 99-cent price point urges readers to take a chance on someone new, and a confident writer believes they’ll come back for more. (So does a fool, but book bloggers and reader reviews can help you sort them out.)

Second, e-books must reach a critical level of sales to obtain optimal placement by Amazon’s and Barnes & Noble’s referral algorithms, and low price may be the only way for a new author to drive sales volume to those heights. Without those internal referrals on the bookseller websites, an author would have to devote an unhealthy amount of time to self-promotion to achieve even modest sales. (After 17 days on the blog tour, I know something about spending an unhealthy amount of time on self-promotion–this does not come naturally to me!)

It takes far more than a low price to make a successful e-book, but the savviest new authors are choosing the 99-cent price point, many of whom are featured in the Indie Book Blowout. There is also some trash in the bargain bin, but readers who dismiss all 99-cent e-books are missing out on some terrific values. Try a little experiment.  Scan the book covers on the event site and click on a few that interest you. You can usually tell by the review blurbs cited in the Amazon book description and from a quick sampling of reader reviews whether you’ve struck gold.

For example, here are a few review blurbs from bloggers on the King of Paine blog tour:

“Larry Kahn has managed to create a cast of unforgettable characters, throwing in a bit of sex and misadventure, while infusing it with legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas. To say that I thought the King of Paine was brilliantly written would be an understatement. I sat down to read the book in the morning and was unable to put it down until I read the very last page!” –The Write To Make A Living

“The writing is perfect. It just fits the plot and the characters. It’s that perfect understated writing that works so well for this kind of book. I felt like I could dig into the story and the people in it, and I think it is all due to Larry’s awesome writing. Plus, that plot? Holy hell! I never could have seen the twists and turns coming.” Owl Tell You About It

“King of Paine is the second book I have read this year that I thought would make a great movie…I definitely recommend this one. Once I started reading, I couldn’t walk away from it.” –From the TBR Pile

“This is the kind of book where you can open it on ANY page and the story just pulls you in. It’s that good!..His characters, in particular Jolynn are well thought out and masterfully crafted. I have to admit i’ve heard the comparison between The Girl and the Dragon Tattoo and King of Paine and in my opinion, Kahn is better. I was never bored, in fact I hung onto every word in this story.” –Boekie’s Book Reviews

Does that sound like a trashy bargain bin read? You can buy the ebook edition now for 99 cents:

EBOOK:  AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   SMASHWORDS

PAPERBACK:  AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   NORTH ATLANTA PRESS

2 comments on “Blog Tour Day 17: King of Paine Featured in Indie Book Blowout!

  1. I have purchased so many books that are only 99 cents and they turned out to be great amazing books. Larry’s book “King of Paine” was one of those books.

  2. *Blink* *Blink* I am having a déjà vu moment. I believe day 15 was also an exceptional commentary on the many pros to e-books (for authors and readers alike). Larry’s description was a supreme conduit to carry us through a passage of understanding these pros for e-books!

    Sometimes I think things happen for a reason (in life) and other times not. E-books came into my life EXACTLY when I needed them the most. The information superhighway came into my life EXACTLY when I needed it the most. I have many more examples but whether they be coincidence or not… I’m not sure. Although that is not entirely true because I don’t believe in coincidence. I DO KNOW, without question, that author Larry Kahn and his novel KING OF PAINE came into my life at a perfect time as well. I am so glad to have stumbled across this terrific novel. Further, I feel honored to read this exceptional story that, in my opinion, is highly underpriced.

    [I must say that I was privileged to receive a free copy of KING OF PAINE but it is well worth its current price of $.99. So, to anyone out there who has not read it or is unsure if it is worth reading … I can personally guarantee you that it is worth every dime and more!]

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.