Today's Kindle Daily Deal: YOUNG JUNIUS and THIS IS LIFE

Check it! check it! check it! And cue the Theme Music! BIG news today:

It's none other than Your Boy for today's Kindle Daily Deal. This means discounted eBooks for THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS for you and everybody you know!

What an event! Believe me, this is like a writers' Holy Grail. I couldn't be happier and I have YOU to thank. So Thank You!

Last time this happened (with IBD), I wound up inside the top 20 authors on all of Amazon, ranked higher than Scott Fitzgerald! So I'm stoked for another meteoric rise up the charts. Follow all the progress here on Twitter @sethharwood.

I can also use your help. The more word gets out, the better this sale will do. So please head out to your local social networks and spread the word! Share the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sv_kstore_2?ie=&=1000677541 Tell 'em your boy Seth Harwood's books are available today on the special!

Spread it! Go tell 'em! And get your copy, if you haven't already.

If you're in Canada, you can get the same discount with this link: http://www.amazon.ca/ebooks-kindle/b/ref=sa_menu_kbo?ie=UTF8&node=2980423011&?tag=ran020-20 Canadians! Yes!

Stay tuned!

CrimeWAV for October is my story To the Bone!

Free audio fiction this month comes in the form of my story "To the Bone" straight from the Booked. Anthology and featured in the latest episode of CrimeWAV.

Click here to download or listen to this month's episode: Harwood "To the Bone"

What's more? The Booked. Anthology is for sale here and at Amazon. If you buy it from the Booked folks, just use the code "CRIMEWAV" to get 50% off the eBook when you hit that store link in the upper right. Right on!

What else? If you're in SF and want to come ROCK this Friday 10/18, come see me throw down at Literary Death Match 300 or No 50 for San Francisco! This show's always a blast and with it being a part of this year's LitQuake--get on that!--it'll be even bigger and better. Be there! 

You can also see me read as a part of Lip Service West at this year's LitCrawl on 10/19. Lip Service West is a “gritty, real, raw” true-story reading series produced by Joe and Justine Clifford. Featuring Joe Clifford, Seth Harwood, Lisa Martinovic, Tom Pitts, Josh Stallings, Will “the Thrill” Viharo, and Holly West. Gonna be a great time. Lots of cool crime folks there. Venue: Luna Rienne Gallery 8:30-9:30PM

Seth reads from In Broad Daylight at Bird & Beckett Books

Click here to listen or download this audio episode of updates and my live reading from In Broad Daylight.

Here’s the latest reading and live event for In Broad Daylight. I was so happy to visit Bird & Beckett Books here in SF on August 7th. We had a great crowd and this reading comes just as my good friend and co-reader Jim Sidel gears up for the publication of his novel The Last Survey. It'll be coming out from Roundabout Press in 2014.

What’s more news this week is that I'm teaching an ONLINE crime writing class this fall through Stanford Continuing Studies. Info at: 

Writing Mysteries and Thrillers: How to Craft Successful Plot, Action, and Characters

Registration starts August 19 and the class is limited in size so hurry.

Another reading! If you’re here in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll come out this Saturday, August 17th to Borderlands Books in the Mission for a reading from In Broad Daylight. Who knows? You might even see Scott Sigler there! If you'd like a signed copy of IBD, you can pre-order yours from Borderlands following these directions.

My friends at the Booked Podcast run a sister site to CrimeWAV, one that has a lot of what you guys are looking for: stories, interviews, reviews, you name it! Lots of FREE audio content! I was on there a while back reading from Young Junius. You may recall I co-ran that here. These guys have put together an Anthology of awesome fiction called, The Booked. Anthology! It's now here on Amazon. In it, you’ll find my new story “To the Bone." Need another reason to buy it? Better not. It's here on Amazon. 

My next reading is at Borderlands Books on Aug. 17th, 3PM. If you're able, come on out. If not and you'd like a signed copy of IBD for yourself, here's how to contact them for signed copies.

You in the UK? If so, check out This Is Life here. It's a part of Amazon's UK Kindle 100 for August! Just one quid!

Promos this round are from Mark Berry and J.M. Porup. Music by Kelly Vogel, my sweetie. Her new album Lessons Unexpected is just out and available on iTunes here.

Two San Francisco Readings for In Broad Daylight

San Franciscans: been missing the audio stylings of yours truly? Well now you can come out twice in August to see AND hear me reading from In Broad Daylight. Get your own signed copy too!

The first reading is Wednesday August 7th at 7:00 at Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park (653 Chenery St.). "Killing Your Darlings." This one features my friend Jim Sidel from the Iowa Writers' Workshop reading from his upcoming book The Last Survey. He's an awesome writer and the event is one you won't want to miss. Here's the link for more info: http://www.birdbeckett.com/seth-harwood-jim-sidel-wed-08-07-13/    

The second event is in the friendly halls of our good old friend Borderland Books, the place where podcasters are king! Might even see Scott Sigler show up if you make this one. We kick it off on Saturday afternoon August 17th at 3:00 and hang out until 4:30, then go across the street for an impromptu pub crawl at Phoenix. Be there! It'll rock! Link to more info about the event is here.

The Return of Jewball OR: How a big time author reinvented himself digitally

OR: What you lose (and win!) by being digitally successful vs successful in physical bookstore terms (if those still exist).

I think you'll be interested in this podcast from Litquake's LitCast. It's Neal Pollack speaking as the keynote at Litquake's digi.lit conference in SF this June. [Click here to download now or listen away!] This talk seems particularly relevant to me because Neal's gone down a road very similar to my own. That is, except he's packed stores, gotten six-figure deals in the past and otherwise been very "successful" in traditional NY Publishing terms. He was evan a McSweeney's child! And now he's with Amazon's Thomas & Mercer Imprint, just like me. He explains why, what he's lost by being here and what he's gained. It's very interesting and enlightening listening for any author in today's media space. So check it out. Thank me later.

I first became aware of Neal when he wrote this essay in the NY Times Book Review about why he would self-publish Jewball. He even talked about doing a Kickstarter campaign just about the same time as when I did mine. I posted about all this back here on the AuthorBootCamp site. Now this fills in the rest of the story: how even with the platform of the NYTBR (!) the self-published book didn't sell and he turned to Thomas & Mercer. Definitely a turn I didn't see coming! He didn't even wind up doing the Kickstarter campaign. Why not? Who knows.

Anyway, here's the whole deal. You'll hear a lot that parallels the path I've gone down, the one you've followed me along, and also a lot of the reasons I'm happiest now with Thomas & Mercer. How I plan to keep on keeping on. Actually, on that note, In Broad Daylight is part of Amazon UK's Kindle 100 books for August. If you're over there, drop a review and pick up a copy. It's only ONE QUID! Who looks out for you. That's right. 

The digi.lit conference was great too, by the way. Stay tuned for a future LitCast that features my panel on what writers need to know to self-publish in the new digital space. 

Greater Than Gatsby and Thank You!

In Broad Daylight rocks the charts!

And my author rank leaps into the top 20!

Last week, June 19th specifically, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT was Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal. That means that they marked the price down to $1.99 promoted the living *Daylights* out of it (yes, I did), and it sold a crap ton of  copies!

How many copies? Well, more than Jack Wakes Up has sold EVER!! In one day. How about those Daylights! (again.)

At its apex, IBD peaked in Kindle bestsellers at #5! Those of you who've been with me since the first Palms Sunday will recall that my previous high was #45 overall! So I say, "Woot!" to that. A woot and a holla!

It also hit #1 in Crime, Mystery and Women Sleuths! That's right! NUMBER ONE! 

And me? As you can see below, I made it above our man J.R.R. when I was #76 in Authors on the site. But guess what: it didn't stop there!

You can see that I hit #22 and topped even The Great Fitzgerald. Did it stop there?

NO! I climbed as high as #16 in all authors on Amazon. Can you believe that!?!? That's some elite company.

It was a very exciting ride, as you can imagine. And I want to thank you all for your support. You helped me get here and we did it together. Lots of hard work and elbow grease, but it is and has been worth it! 

Rest assured that I'll keep rocking it, bringing you more awesome content and further FREE podcasts. If you have the gumption, please share the link to In Broad Daylight with your friends on the social medias and tell them about the book. I'm hoping we can keep the chart ride going and make this THE beach reading mystery of the summer!

Kindle Daily Deal: In Broad Daylight!

Wow! Feels like I've been all over the internet today posting this news everywhere BUT here on the blog. Duh! But act now and it's not too late to snap up In Broad Daylight as part of today's Kindle Daily Deal and get it for $1.99. 

Yes, I've been posting here on Twitter and on Facebook and even Google+! So get on board with me on those if you haven't already. Otherwise, here's a recap of today's excitment (so far)! Updates to come.

  • IBD starts out at around 5,000 in books and then rockets to #162 by late morning. 
  • People start seeing IBD advertised on their Kindle screens! (See right.)
  • Finally IBD busts into the Kindle 100 bestsellers in Books! Woot/Holla!
  • Then... Larry Bird's number--it's at #33!
  • Then it goes right into the top ten!
  • It also hits #1 in Crime and #2 in Women Sleuths.
  • By nightfall and this writing, the peak has been #8 in books. Stay tuned for more and go grab up your copy at $1.99 if you get this fast! 

 

==> Thursday AM update: IBD is now the #5 Kindle Book

AND I'm the #17 author on the site! More pics to come! <==

Link here to grab In Broad Daylight now! Tell your friends!   

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