So About Free Stuff (My Books; Library Apps)

28 Apr

If you’ve been paying attention on my blog, you’ll know that I said I was going to make The Mermaid and the Unicorn ebook free during the duration of the blog tour. Now, I’ve seen other authors do this, but I went through Ingram Spark (great quality books, BTW) and the lowest they’ll let me go is $0.99.

Not wanting to be a complete fibber, I’ll give it to you for free if you send an email to leiagetty@shaw.ca until May 18, 2022. No newsletter sign up, no anything, just ask for an .epub or a .mobi. If you want you can send a clean meme or a picture of your pet, but I have no problem giving away copies if you ask nicely. I will be at work and it may take a few days. If you don’t see me responding within say, three days, ask again nicely. Once you have it: Share away.

If you want to do a girl a solid, leave an online review: Good, bad, indifferent. Obviously, recommending it to the right person or giving copies as gifts helps too.

I also hit the “approve” button for Garnet and Silver. It will be available May 3, 2022. Let me get a few print books to ensure everything is fine, but seriously, everything should be just fine.

While we’re on the topic of Free, I’m surprised how many people don’t realize that many libraries offer ebooks to people with library cards. Now, I’m Canadian, and I don’t know what your local policies are, but I use an app called Overdrive on my tablet and Libby on my phone. The accounts are linked, and generally I read ebooks on the tablet, and listen to audiobooks on my phone. My library allows me to make recommendations, so even if you think, “Hey, this is all popular stuff. I prefer smaller, indie stuff.” Again, see what I said a few paragraphs above about recommending books as a way of helping authors. A few months ago, the library fulfilled about 8 books all at once, including one of my titles. So if you’re Manitoban with a library card, you can also download a copy of Witchslayer’s Scion from your library. I’m not sure how interlibrary loans work with ebooks.

If you don’t know, talk to your local librarian and see what your policy is. I technically have to pay a whopping $20.00 for a two year membership as I live in an RM without a library, but if I have to pay for a membership for the rest of my life, the amount of times libraries have helped me out in a pinch growing up, it’s money well spent.

I’ll do a round up on the Virtual Book Tours hopefully for Friday; I am back at work tomorrow so it’ll be later if not on the Saturday.

Also, on a personal note I’m officially car shopping. I’ve known I will need to replace mine, and my guess was that blizzard did it in. A friend of the family took a look at what it needs, and right now it’s not worth the cost of repairs. It’ll be a busy few weeks, but feel free to chat here during the book tour. I can talk about the self-publishing process, finding covers, whatever.

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