July 30, 2010

Scoop on Bestselling Author (1 of 3) P.S. Check out what is happening this weekend...at bottom of post!!!


If you follow my blog, you know that I think this author is great and over the top talented.   I have even compared his works to James Patterson.   I reviewed his novel Moonlight Falls, (05/25/10) which I couldn't put down, and hosted a Guest Author  (05/10/10) posting through Pump Up Your Book.   Mr. Zandri has been a frequent visitor of my blog.   He generously gave his time one Sunday for a LIVE chat.   Recently I hosted a Guest Author (07/12/10) for his newest book, The Remains, which is currently in the Top Ten "Amazon Hot New Release".   Vin has been very busy, touring for The Remains and he also just released a "Digital Short", entitled Pathological, also available on Amazon.   Can you keep a secret?  Shhhhhh...another scoop....there is a lot more to come!!!  He is on a roll!!!!  
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Author quote for Pathological:
"Stone House and its new imprint Stone Gate want to do ten stories in all over the course of about a year, then collect them and publish them as a book. I'm really excited about the emergence of the Digital Short."
The Birth of the Mighty Digital Short
By Vincent Zandri
The new digital publishing age has brought a lot of great things to both readers and writers. Affordable books, Kindle downloads, E-Reader downloads, virtual tours, book trailers, mommy blogs, and most of all, a new selection of brand new writers who, had they been left to suck up to the mighty New York big six, might wallow in obscurity and rejection for the rest of their productive lives.

The new digital publishing model has changed all that. It’s allowed writers who have been constantly rejected from New York as being “unmarketable” to now earn an audience. A global audience. It’s also helped writers like me who have previously been published by major New York publishers but who didn’t earn our a mid-six-figure advance, to once again enter into the game, but this time with books that will remain in print and in electronic form, forever and ever.

But the digital age has also offered us something more. Something very mighty, yet at the same time, very small in length. I’m talking about the Digital Short. Known to most of us as the plain old short story, the Digital Short is more than that. Written to read like a short novel or novelette, the DS is published by your traditional book publisher with its own striking cover, and alluring product description. When you go to Amazon.com to checkout a new DS for the first time, you feel like you’re looking at brand new, novel- length book. But in reality, the story might comprise 5000 words or even less.

Unlike traditional short stories, the Digital Short, as it’s name implies, will never see print. It will however be made available to legions of fans who either already by that author’s books or who are curious about that author and want to get a taste of his or her work without spending too much money. Speaking of money, the beauty of the DS is that it costs less than a buck. For less than a small, rancid cup of coffee at your average roadside gas station you can enjoy a lifetime of reading and viewing pleasure from a Digital Short. All you get from the pricier cup of coffee is heartburn.

My new Digital Short, Pathological, published by Stone House Ink, is actually adopted from a crime short that was previously published it two literary journals. It’s not only mean to keep my faithful readers happy but it’s also used as a marketing tool to lure more readers to my full-length fiction. And the story seems to be popular. After only one day on Amazon and Smashwords, Pathological, is already approaching bestselling numbers. It is solidly propping up my brand new bestselling thriller, The Remains, and will continue to do so for months, up until and including the novel’s Trade Paperback publication and audio publication come this November.

So, what are the four main ingredients to a successful Digital Short?
Just like a full-length novel it requires:
  -A striking cover
  -A great price
  -A catchy but brief product description
  -A great, great, great story

Both me and my publisher plan on digitizing more of my short fiction and creating a series of Digital Shorts. When we have published ten of them, we’ll put them together in a full-length publication that will be as striking as the original, individual stories themselves.

The price will be right, the cover will rock, and the product description will make you want to die before not buying the book.

And of course, the stories will be great!
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Pathological:
http://www.amazon.com/Pathological-ebook/dp/B003XIJ5CA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1280432244&sr=1-4

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The Remains:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Remains-ebook/dp/B003TSEN0I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1280432286&sr=1-1

If you like heart pounding, page turning, can't put down, read late into the night thrillers, mysteries and suspense, then check out these 3 reads, I promise, you won't be disappointed!!!!!

***I just got the word......the very busy, Vin Zandri, has generously offered to stop by all weekend to answer any questions you may have or reply to any comments.  So grab a seat, get comfy and ask away !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ***

3 comments:

Vincent Zandri said...

Thanks for running my guest post Cheryl You rock.
Just a reminder for your readers: The Remains is also just $2.99 for the rest of the summer!!!!! Hope everyone grabs a copy for the beach!:)

I'll also check in here from time to time over the weekend to answer any questions or address any comments!!!

Cheers
Vin
www.vincentzandri.com

Julie P said...

So I have a question--may be a dumb question, but I really need an answer. I recently got a Nook (yes--me! The anti-ereader lady!). When ebooks are offered through Amazon and other venues, how can I buy it and load it on my Nook? Do I just buy it and load it on my laptop and then transfer it to my Nook with my USB cord? Any advice would be much appreciated!

Vincent Zandri said...

That's a good question. The Remains is available in every form of E-Book download, so you can also go to Smashwords.com and get it there and load directly to your nook....:))
V