And also, thank you to everyone who participated in the blog tour by reading the novella and/or purchasing SHADES OF EARTH.
The full version of the novella is available for free now at PenguinTeen's Scribd page. Just click here to read the whole story! You can read it on the computer, print it out (it's about 50 pages long), or even download it to the e-reader of your choice. You can download it to either a .pdf file or a .txt file, and then transfer it easily. Instructions on importing files to a Kindle. Instructions on importing files to a Nook.
When I first came up with the idea for AS THEY SLIP AWAY, I knew I wanted to give it to you, the readers, for free as a thank you. But not everyone in publishing thinks this is a workable, good thing to do.
So, if you liked reading the novella for free, please consider doing one of the following to prove to my publisher that free novellas are a good things for readers to get.
The first and simplest thing is simply this: read the novella. The full version of the novella is now available (for free) via Scribd, where my publisher has access to statistics, such as finding out how many times the story is read. The more it's read, the more likely I'll get to do something like this again.
Tweet @PenguinTeen or leave a message on the Facebook Page letting them know you liked the novella. It seems like such a silly thing, and honestly, I feel a little silly suggesting it (like I'm trying to talk you into praising me, which isn't my intent). But the truth of the matter is, if my publisher knows the novella was liked, there's a far greater chance that I'll get to do another one for you.
Purchase a copy of SHADES OF EARTH. I feel like I've been harping on and on about buying the book, and even I am sick of it. But the idea that things for free lead to sales is one of the most hotly debated topics in publishing right now--so if I can prove, with sales, that giving away stuff for free works, well...the logic is there, yes?
And no matter what: THANK YOU. Seriously. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed it!