I’ve done a few of these sales posts lately, and I promise it won’t become a habit (see below for more thoughts on this) but this one is simply too good to pass up. Last week I reviewed John Love’s second novel Evensong (review, excerpt), frequently referring to his excellent debut Faith… and now Faith is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle! This is a great opportunity to pick up one of the most criminally overlooked novels of 2012.
So, with all that being said, here’s a quick note about sales posts. I don’t want Far Beyond Reality to turn into a blog full of “great deal – buy this NOW!” posts. There are plenty of them, they’re easy to find, and I wouldn’t really contribute anything new to the world by doing the same thing. My focus has always been on reviews, with a side of interviews, excerpts, and news, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
On the other hand, a post like this one may lead someone to discover a novel they otherwise wouldn’t buy, and that’s not a bad thing.
So here’s what I plan to do: I’ll only announce a sale if it’s for a book I’ve personally read, reviewed, and rated at least 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. No endless lists of “books $2.99 and under” here, no daily deal — just the occasional pointer that a great novel I highly recommend can temporarily be purchased for less than usual. Given how stingy I am when rating novels, this should happen rarely enough that it (hopefully) won’t annoy anyone.
(And a final note on the Amazon links: on the first few posts like this I’ve done, I received helpful comments that the books in question were also on sale at B&N, Kobo, and so on. I am short on time and patience, and I’m sure my readers will check with their preferred retailer anyway, so I don’t check every online bookstore and set up links to them every time.)