Launch of post-apocalyptic thriller Zapheads #1 Bone and Cinder with Kindle Fire giveaway

ZAPHEADS600A thriller set in the bestselling AFTER post-apocalyptic world by Scott Nicholson, co-written with Joshua Simcox. 

Available for Kindle.

I’m hosting a Kindle Fire giveaway, open to Tao of Boo newsletter subscribers only! This is my way of thanking you for your support. I’m also giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, the McFall audiobook, and the Grave Conditions graphic novel. You may enter daily.

Learn more about  Zapheads #1: Bone and Cinder and the rest of the After Series.

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After: Milepost 291 Now Available

Milepost 291The third book in the After post-apocalyptic thriller series.

When massive solar flares wipe out the technological infrastructure and kills billions, Rachel Wheeler sets out across the Appalachian Mountain wilderness in search of her notorious grandfather’s survival compound.



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SOLOM: THE NARROW GATE

Solom - The Narrow Gatex334 Book #2 in the Solom series 

Currently 99c in an Amazon Countdown Deal through March 6.

After the violent death of Katy Logan’s psychopathic husband, she inherits a farm in the Appalachian Mountain town of Solom. 

Determined to protect her teen daughter Jett and not surrender to fear, she builds a new life in the wake of the tragedy. However, the dark forces that drove her husband to madness still lurk in Solom, and a horseback preacher has returned from the grave with a sinister mission. Solom’s slumbering spirits are stirring, the herds of goats are restless, and the townspeople are banding together to ward off the sinister force that threatens to destroy them. 

Katy and Jett discover an unexpected ally as they are drawn into the supernatural showdown, but is anyone–or anything–powerful enough to walk away from Solom’s final battleground? 

SOLOM #1: THE SCARECROW is $2.99 for Kindle!

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WHEN DARKNESS COMES multi-author box set for Kindle, 8 different novels (including THE HOME) for only 99 cents for a limited time.

Last chance to enter to be killed by Zapheads in After #3: Milepost 291, releasing March 31. Just write a review for After #1: The Shock and email authorscottnicholson@gmail.com with “Reviewed” in the subject line. 

 

 

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Ultimate Supernatural Horror Box Set

Get the Ultimate Supernatural Horror Box Set, six books for Kindle.
Only 99 cents for a limited time!

Bestselling authors J.A Konrath, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, Blake Crouch, Jordan Crouch, Iain Rob Wright, Scott Nicholson, and F. Paul Wilson. Haunted houses, ghosts, vampires, mystical forces, and even a werewolf tale!

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Five signed copies of McFALL in a Goodreads giveaway.
No purchase necessary, enter through Goodreads. Contest runs through Feb. 15.



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Sinners & Sorcerers urban fantasy box set, only 99 cents!

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Four books, including two exclusive urban fantasy novels, for only 99 cents for a limited time!

SINNERS & SORCERERS features S.M. Reine, Robert J. Crane, Daniel Arenson, J.R. Rain and me (our CURSED! collaboration) and is available in all ebook stores.

Get it now at AmazoniTunesNook, and Kobo.

I also have eight more of my books on sale for 99 cents on Kindle.


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Get Eaten By Goats in Solom!

GoatContest2Solom #1 is now out for Kindle, 99 cents for a limited time! When Katy and her teen daughter Jett move to the Appalachian Mountain town of Solom, they become the target of a legendary supernatural menace.

Solom #2, THE NARROW GATE, is live for Kindle preorder, releasing Feb. 26. Katy and Jett discover that Solom’s legends now threaten the entire town, and they find an unexpected ally on Solom’s final battleground. A new series derived from my 2006 novel THE FARM. Sign up for my Tao of Boo newsletter for your chance to be eaten by goats in Book #2!

I also have eight different Kindle thriller and horror books on sale for 99 cents for December.

Also having a Kindle box set blow-out, $2.99 or less.

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Big Kindle Bargains on Scott Nicholson books!

ScottNicholson_McFallBig holiday blowout sale!

My supernatural thriller McFALL is now compiled into a single ebook for Kindle, with paper and audio versions also available for preorder. Currently $6 off the digital list price, McFALL is only $3.99. http://www.amazon.com/McFall-Scott-Nicholson-ebook/dp/B00DOFW8BM 

I also have eight different Kindle thriller and horror books on sale for 99 cents for December. The Amazon list in your country is at http://smarturl.it/supchills 

Also having a Kindle box set blow-out, stock up on all my books for only $2.99 each! YourAmazon list is at http://smarturl.it/chillbox 
Many of these deals are also available on Nook, Apple, and Kobo! Happy holidays.

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Box of Boo: Four Horror Thrillers $2.99!

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Box of Boo: Four Horror Thrillers, $2.99 Amazon Amazon UK Nook Apple

A box set of four supernatural and horror thrillers from international bestselling author Scott Nicholson. 245,000 words of fiction for one low price. Includes the full text of: THE HOME- Experimental treatments at a group home for troubled children stir up paranormal activity. In development as a feature film. MEAT CAMP- An infection at a camp for delinquent teens turns them into bloodthirsty killers. Written with J.T. Warren and adapted from Scott’s original screenplay. SPIDER WEB- A vampire battles a powerful witch doctor who wants to turn passengers of a cruise ship into zombies. The second book in the Spider series, written with J.R. Rain. AFTER: THE SHOCK- A devastating solar storm wipes out the Earth’s infrastructure and kills billions. As the survivors struggle to adapt, they discover some among them have…changed. The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic series. Share … facebooktwittergoogle_plusfacebooktwittergoogle_plus          Follow Scott … facebooktwittergoogle_plusrssfacebooktwittergoogle_plusrss

McFall: Supernatural Thriller by Scott Nicholson

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A return to the haunted world of The Red Church and Drummer Boy, from Amazon’s 47North imprint.

When wealthy developer Larkin McFall moves to the small Appalachian Mountain community of Barkersville, generations-old tales of supernatural phenomena, sudden deaths, and odd disappearances resurface.

Buy now for Kindle,  paperback or audio.

My books are now out in all markets, so load up your Nook, Kobo reader, or iPad.

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Ads in eBooks

I’ve gotten out of the “writer babble” business for two reasons: (1) I don’t know as much as I thought I did, and (2) it’s all changing so fast that even the boldest predictions of digital evolution quickly become laughable.

I don’t even use traditional publishing as a reference point anymore, because that is so far removed from most writers’ realities that it may as well be Shangri-la or Hollywood. The indie vs. trad debate is now only meaningful for a small group of people, and they are all making way more money than you or me.

So you are indie, and if you are lucky, you made a nice little nest egg back when most serious writers were standing on the sidelines deciding whether indie was the way to go. Hopefully, you shook off the intellectual shackles that chained us to the agent speed-dating sessions at writing conferences and were hammered and locked into place by “publishing experts” with 20-year writing careers in the old system. You know the mantras: “Get an agent,” “Only hacks self-publish,” and “You can’t produce and distribute a book without the advice of publishing experts like us.” Basically, ego affirmation. Of course the experts didn’t want to lose their position of authority (and in the agents’ case, the intermediary status of being the first in line to get checks.)

But the gate was left open and the horses all got out of the barn, or something like that (come up with your own gatekeeper metaphor; I am writing this for free!) So now we have a market where the 99-cent ebook had a year’s run, and the pool was finally beginning to find stratification (crappy books sinking, good books nailing stable plateaus) when Amazon unleashed the latest version of indie roulette—the free ebook.

I’m on record as predicting the flat-text e-book era has an outside range of five years, at least for fiction—specialized non-fiction and manuals will continue to be valuable for their content alone. I believe e-book sales will continue, but certainly not with expanding profits for all involved. Now that there are 20,000 free Kindle books available every single day, how long before readers come to expect and even demand free books exclusively? And what happens when the system is set up so that those who are the best or luckiest at giving away books become the people who dominate the bestseller lists?

Freebie roulette. Great for readers. Good for Amazon (maybe in the short term, but it is hard to figure the long term). Terrible for authors.

The market is diverse enough to support many different price tiers, but writers who want to survive in 2015 will need to make money off of free books, or they will soon quit writing.

I only see one outcome: ad-supported or sponsored books. At first blush, you’d think N.Y. has an advantage, since Madison Avenue is right there. But can corporations, with their large structures, be able to compete when indie or smaller entities can react more quickly to present conditions instead of protecting some imagined status quo? It’s almost certain that Amazon will eventually have a Prime library with unlimited lending, and ads in books will subsidize the cost (with writers making a nickel a download). It’s hard to figure where any of the other ebook giants will level out, since they are all five years behind in a two-year race.

But what if you don’t want to put all your balls on Amazon’s roulette wheel? J.K. Rowling can inspire a Pottermore built around her brand, and James Patterson, Tom Clancy, and Clive Cussler have already built factories around their names (and, yes, V.C. Andrews, you can roll over in your grave two or three more times for all I care, because this is all your fault). But most of us are not factories or we wouldn’t have to self-publish.

This points out the new era of the branded writer. And not just "writer," but "content creator" and even mere "idea marketer." A personality is more suited to building brand identification and audience than a publisher is. I say "James Patterson" and you get an image. I say "Random House" and what do you get? Randomness. We’ve seen it here locally: "Ray’s Weather" is where you check the weather and "Todd’s Calendar" is where you click to find what’s happening in the region—and both are ad supported. You can get the free content elsewhere but you don’t get the human personality attached.

I’m already experimenting with the ad model because I believe it is viable. I am counting on Idea Marketing being one of my foundational pillars. I am not quite sure what it all looks like right now, but I look at it this way—you don’t need NY in order to give away tons of free e-books or to spread an idea or to build a social platform. You are the idea you want to spread.

Other authors will say “I’ll never sell out.” (Ironically, those are usually the authors who have given most of their incomes to agents and publishers…) I don’t blame people for sticking with what worked in the past. It all goes to how invested you are in a certain system and how the alternative looks, and, of course, the turf where you’ve staked out your ego. Publishing-industry talk on e-books uses phrases like "managing risk" and "cautious adaptation." That is why those of us in the trenches knew Barnes & Noble was in serious trouble when most in the “publishing industry” only realized it recently when BN’s horrifyingly bad third-quarter reports came in. They are working off of old data while I work off the data I got an hour ago.

And my data says this may be the very peak of the Golden Age of digital publishing. The $9.99 novel may be dead this year, since three-quarters of the current bestsellers are low-priced indie books. As fast as major publishers yank their name-brand authors out of digital libraries, 10 new indies cram into that virtual shelf space. Maybe forever. James Patterson’s factory can’t run on $2.99 ebooks, but mine can.

But what happens when the $2.99 and 99 cents drop to permanently free? Where’s your sponsor? Are you willing to go there? It’s not going to be as clumsy as an image of a refreshing Bud Lite popping up when the main character enters a bar (though it’s not unthinkable at some point.) Can you see Jack Reacher with a favorite brand of soft drink, or Bella Swan wearing only Calvin Klein? At what point is your willing suspension of disbelief shattered? At what point do you realize the ad is the only reason the book can exist at all?

My informal polling on ad-supported ebooks yields statements like: "I’ll quit reading before I put up with that." I also remember saying I’d never carry a cell phone, or be on Facebook, or give up my vinyl albums, or start thinking that maybe nuclear energy is the best short-range answer to our energy addiction. Or that I’d ever read an entire book on a screen.

So, ads in ebooks. Just another road of many.

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